- Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Reserve point guard Jason Williams did not join the Orlando Magic on their two-game road trip to face the Indiana Pacers tonight and the Chicago Bulls on Friday night, leaving his status with the team up in the air. When asked about Williams’ status after the Magic’s shootaround today at Conseco Fieldhouse, the team’s president of basketball operations, Otis Smith, responded: ‘Well, he’s not with the team. We’ll deal with him when we get back to Orlando.’ Williams participated in the team’s practice Tuesday at Amway Center, but with the impending return of big man Malik Allen from injury, Williams was slated to be taken off of the team’s active list because the Magic would have had 13 healthy players and NBA teams are permitted to carry 12 players on their active roster. This is Williams’ second absence from the team this season.”
- Since then, Jason Williams has been waived by the Orlando Magic.
- Head coach Stan Van Gundy will continue with the big men rotation of Dwight Howard, Brandon Bass, and Ryan Anderson manning the forward and center positions.
- Roy Hibbert talks about playing against Howard.
- Quentin Richardson — a consummate professional.
- Josh Cohen of OrlandoMagic.com says that Tim Duncan had an odd impact on the Magic, even though he never signed with the team as a free agent in 2000: “This one may be kind of unusual since Duncan never played for the Magic. But he almost did. In 2000, when the Magic had a ton to spend on free agents, the franchise came very close to landing Duncan and, in effect, uniting him with their other prized signees, McGrady and Grant Hill. It’s very possible that if Duncan opted to join Orlando, the Magic would have captured multiple NBA championships by this time.”
- Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post puts things in perspective about Howard’s free agency.
- Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus: “So where does that leave us with WARP, PER, WP, WS and the rest of the acronyms? Well, if you’re putting your complete trust in any single statistic to measure player value, that is surely a mistake. Each metric has its own biases that can be seen most easily in comparison to the others. I believe that WARP does a better job of reflecting value than anything else; otherwise I would use the others. Yet I still blanch every time I see Jason Kidd ranked in the league’s top 10 last season, which seems excessively kind. WARP tends to give too much credit to defenders who pile up steals and blocks while neglecting individual defense, so to consider them using only WARP would be a mistake. The other useful reality check for me is net plus-minus and, with the appropriate caution, adjusted plus-minus. A couple of years ago, when I pondered the state of APBRmetrics, I argued that the choice between box-score statistics and plus-minus statistics divided the community. Increasingly, however, I see people using both in combination. When they agree, they allow us to make a stronger conclusion about a player. When they disagree, that’s when basketball analysis becomes an art rather than a science. And that, to me, is the most interesting part of the whole process, especially when it becomes clear that there really is no such thing as player value in a vacuum. Everything is contextual based on role and system.”
- Howard for Defensive Player of the Year.