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Feb 10

Thursday’s Magic Word

  • Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “#FreeEarlClark. That’s the hashtag that’s taken over Twitter, blog comments, message boards and live chats since the Orlando Magic’s game against the Cavaliers on Dec. 28, when [Earl] Clark scored 12 points and showed Magic fans there might be some potential in the mostly forgotten piece of Orlando’s blockbuster trade with Phoenix. There’s always one backup player who fans constantly pine for, a guy who enters the game for mop-up duty and cleans up. This year it’s been Clark, who’s endeared himself to Magic fans with his length, athleticism and bizarre method of staring straight into the camera during interviews. I don’t know who first typed #FreeEarlClark, and I don’t understand entirely why the term Earl Clark trended on Twitter during the Heat and Celtics games. But this, we do know: Over the last seven days, Earl Clark has been freed.”
  • Dwight Howard is concentrating more on his free-throw shooting.
  • The odds of the Orlando Magic signing a marquee free agent in 2012 are rather slim.
  • Brandon Bass isn’t expected to play against the New Orleans Hornets on Friday.
  • Head coach Stan Van Gundy: “I will maintain until the day they put me in my grave, which I hope’s not coming too soon, that he’s very capable of being a 70 percent-plus free-throw shooter.”
  • John Denton of “With a red backpack in one hand and a blue one in the other hand, Orlando Magic star center Dwight Howard went from station to station on Thursday collecting food and each time he greeted the students with the same expression. ‘Trick or treat,’ Howard would say before flashing a mega-watt smile that had a contagious effect on the dozens of kids swarming around him and hanging on his every word. Just hours after getting back into Orlando following the Magic’s 99-95 defeat of the 76ers Wednesday night in Philadelphia, Howard was at Lake Como Elementary School helping students pack food into take-home pouches as part of the “Blessings in a Backpack’’ program. Howard donated $25,000 to the project as part of the winnings from the 2009-10 Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment award.”
  • Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post talks about Earl Clark’s development as a player, particularly on defense: “His strong work ethic is no doubt playing a role in his improvement. Last week, Magic strength and conditioning coach Joe Rogowski praised Clark by saying, ‘I’ve never had any one make progress so fast,’ in an interview for an Orlando Sentinel story. According to Rogowski, Clark has added ’10 pounds of muscle’ and ranks second to only Dwight Howard on the team in terms of wingspan, at 7-foot-2. His body now matches his position, in other words, as he used to lack the strength to defend power forwards. Now, coach Stan Van Gundy feels comfortable using him as the ‘defense’ part in an offense-defense substitution pattern, alternating Clark’s stints with Ryan Anderson‘s in the waning minutes of last night’s victory.”
  • The meaning of head coach Jerry Sloan’s resignation for the Magic.
  • Howard is adamant about not talking about free agency until the time comes.
  • Best center in the NBA? Howard.

"and bizarre method of staring straight into the camera during interviews."



Seems like Earl Clark is really athletic. Maybe the Magic have a prospect. Time will tell.