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Monthly Archive: May 2011

May 23

J.J. Redick’s report card

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images J.J. Redick plays a solid game, a fluid game, and a game that makes us think we are missing him when he is gone. Those around the league like to say he has a “high basketball IQ.” But does he? It seems that sometimes there are players who can …

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May 20

Magic “Postseason Special” to air on Sun Sports on Monday, May 23

Via the Orlando Magic: The 2010-11 Orlando Magic Postseason Special will premiere on Monday, May 23 at 6 pm ET on Sun Sports. The 30-minute show, hosted by Paul Kennedy, takes a look back at the Magic’s 2010-11 campaign. President of Basketball Operations/GM Otis Smith, Head Coach Stan Van Gundy and several Magic players help …

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May 19

Examining the Orlando Magic’s offense

Via Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post: Given the dearth of long twos and isolation play, as well as the plentitude of threes and free-throw attempts, it’s almost as though stat geeks found room enough in their parents’ basement to design this offense. Lots of high-efficiency shots, few low-efficiency ones. That much isn’t up for …

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May 18

The return of Rashard Lewis?

Via Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: Rashard Lewis’ monster contract – and, in turn, his skills – received a lot of scrutiny from Orlando Magic fans this year before the team traded him to the Washington Wizards in December. But what would you think about Lewis playing for the Magic without the $118 million …

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May 17

Looking a franchise in the mirror

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images As the Oklahoma City Thunder, scheduled to face off against the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Western Conference Finals later tonight, continue their quest towards progressing to the Finals, it’s hard not to look at the roster constructed by general manager Sam Presti and begin the process of …

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May 16

More on the failures of the Orlando Magic

Via Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post: It’s unfair to pin responsibility for the team’s offensive shortcomings on any one player, but I do think [Jason] Richardson has to go under the microscope a bit here. He averaged 19.3 points in just 31.8 minutes per game with the Phoenix Suns prior to the deals, shooting …

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May 13

The ever-important amnesty clause

Via Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: The Orlando Magic are in somewhat of a financial bind, but the new collective bargaining agreement could provide some relief. As the NBA and the players’ union continue to negotiate terms of the new CBA, a couple of recent proposals could give the Magic salary relief and provide …

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May 13

What went wrong for the Orlando Magic, Part II

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images The rise and fall of the Orlando Magic as an elite team and championship contender will be examined by Magic Basketball in a two-part series — here’s Part II. As the Magic continue to face their uncertain near-future, I’m thinking about something I imagine a lot of us …

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May 12

Orlando’s Dwight Howard highlights 2010-11 All-NBA First Team

Via the Orlando Magic: Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, the recipient of the 2010-11 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, highlights the 2010-11 All-NBA First Team, the NBA announced today. Joining Howard on the First Team are Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Derrick Rose …

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May 12

3-on-3 roundtable: The past, present, and future of the Orlando Magic

Photo by Handout/Getty Images It’s May and the Orlando Magic aren’t playing basketball right now. Weird. The last time the Magic weren’t playing basketball in May was in 2007 when they were swept by the Detroit Pistons in the first round, which was Brian Hill’s final year as the head coach. Once head coach Stan …

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