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Mar 24

Thursday’s Magic Word

  • Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “I planned to write a long-form, detailed look at why Dwight Howard is a more deserving Most Valuable Player than Derrick Rose this morning. In a nutshell, I felt Howard’s presence on both offense and defense was being overshadowed by Rose’s more entertaining story — the young point guard carrying a team of veterans to the conference’s best record is more riveting than the dependable, rock-solid big man making up for his team’s defensive deficiencies to finish fourth in the East. But after what’s happened on the blogs and Twitter today, that argument is played out. While the mainstream media is whole-heartedly behind Rose — as Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy correctly said yesterday — some of the Internet’s most-respected writers have put their support behind the Magic’s superstar center.”
  • Maybe next year for Dwight Howard and the MVP award?
  • Players for the Orlando Magic will grow beards from now until the season is over.
  • Brandon Bass and Gilbert Arenas stood out for their defense last night against the New York Knicks.
  • Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie: “This won’t be a terrible miss, handing the MVP to Rose and passing over Dwight Howard. Rose’s all-around play and leadership abilities make him a worthy MVP candidate, and Howard is not without fault. Defending MVP LeBron James misses that party mainly because of his failures this season in terms of leadership and clutch play. With a bit of creativity and less passive/aggressive posturing, James could have led his Miami Heat to the best record in the NBA. Instead, he fell back on bad habits and dribbled that MVP award away.”
  • More on the Magic growing playoff beards.
  • It’ll be interesting to see Howard with a beard.
  • Howard is running away with the most dunks in the NBA.
  • Adam Figman of SLAM ONLINE: “On the other side of the country, the Knicks confirmed the fact that, thus far, Denver has gotten the winning side of that little deal the two teams made a few weeks back. New York continued its now-two-week stammer, falling to the Magic at home after Orlando shut them down with a strong fourth quarter. As would be expected, Dwight Howard (33 points, 11 boards, 3 blocks) beasted, and every other Magic starter scored in double figures as well. Carmelo Anthony played modestly and led the Knicks with 24, but it was Amar’e Stoudemire who didn’t come through at all, scoring only 13 on 6-20 shooting from the field.”
  • Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk: “The guy who will come in second in the MVP balloting this season is Dwight Howard, but statistics and Stan Van Gundy say he is more deserving. (To be up front, if I had a vote this would be my guy.) He is averaging 23.1 points and 14.2 rebounds a game shooting 60 percent (Rose is 44 percent), but he is also the primary reason the Magic are an elite defensive team. He is integral to everything the Magic do. Where are the Magic without Howard?”
  • More on the beards.
  • Howard dominated the Knicks in yesterday’s game.
2 comments
Bungholio2009
Bungholio2009

tell me where dwight goes in the fourth quarter and maybe ill consider him mvp. Glorified screener=dwight in 4th.

Fschrader
Fschrader

100% DH. Rose is a great player on a good team. Dwight is a BEAST on an average team. Media darling Rose wins this year, but we all know who the REAL MVP is.