- Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “Among Stan Van Gundy’s memorable Monday of this week — when he infamously called out David Stern on the topic of officials’ treatment of Dwight Howard — he also gave a nice little jab to the Miami Heat. It was a day after the Heat’s crying incident, and Van Gundy was hardly sympathetic to the Heat’s suffocating media attention. ‘My suggestion would be if you don’t want the scrutiny, you don’t hold a championship celebration before you’ve even practiced together,’ Van Gundy said. ‘It’s hard to go out yourself and invite that kind of crowd and celebration and attention, and then when things aren’t going well, sort of bemoan the fact that you’re getting that attention. To me, that doesn’t follow.’ Credit to Van Gundy for saying what everyone else was thinking. Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade responded on Thursday, saying no one except those in Los Angeles have any right to speak about the Heat’s situation.”
- J.J. Redick got injured in shootaround earlier today.
- Get to know the players and coaches on the bench for the Orlando Magic.
- Jason Richardson talks about his trade to the Magic: “It took a little bit of time. This team is not as much about being a primary scorer and in Orlando I don’t have to be that because we have Dwight Howard, Gilbert [Arenas], myself, Hedo [Turkoglu], Jameer [Nelson], we got so many guys, J.J. Redick, you could just go down a list of guys who can score. I knew my scoring was going to take a dip. I didn’t have a problem with that as long as we winning games that’s all that really matters.”
- Zach Lowe of The Point Forward points out that offensive rebounding, something that coaches like head coach Stan Van Gundy don’t stress very much, is diminishing in value around the NBA: “The larger story is that the league as a whole seems to be moving away from viewing the offensive rebound as an important weapon. For the second straight year, the league has a pretty good chance to post the lowest overall average offensive rebounding rate in its history, or at least back to 1974, the first year in which Basketball-Reference has reliable public data on the stat. Last season’s league-wide average of 26.3 percent was the lowest on record. The Timberwolves currently lead the league with an offensive rebounding rate of 30.8 percent, a mark which would have placed them 19th out of 23 teams in the 1983-84 season. This is not a new thing. Coaches such as Doc Rivers, Stan Van Gundy, Tom Thibodeau, Gregg Popovich and many others have talked openly about why they prioritize transition defense over offensive rebounding, and NBA folks ranging from Donnie Walsh to Reggie Evans reflected on the death of the offensive rebound in a piece I wrote last season for NYTimes.com. It’s a well-known strategy, which is why it’s frustrating to hear guys like Miller lambaste the Celtics (and other such teams) based on their low rebound totals — and why it was so refreshing to hear Steve Kerr rebut that argument, with liberal mention of rebounding rate, during a recent Boston game on TNT.”
- Would Orlando and the Los Angeles Lakers be a dream NBA Finals matchup?