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Monthly Archive: May 2011

May 11

Orlando Magic Youth Fund surprise three local high school students with $30,000 in scholarships

Via the Orlando Magic: Imagine sitting in a high school class – for instance an elective like TV Production or Psychology – and your teacher delivering the lesson of the day when unexpectedly a raucous crowd storms through the door with party poppers, blow horns, pom poms and other commemorative noisemakers. Or even more enthralling: …

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May 11

What went wrong for the Orlando Magic, Part I

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/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 I. “What went wrong” is far less important right now than “what is going to happen next” for the Orlando Magic, …

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May 10

Dwight Howard’s future under the microscope

Via Ken Berger of CBSSports.com: Of the teams [Dwight] Howard is likely to consider when exercising his early-termination option after next season — sources say the Lakers, Knicks and Nets are the strong favorites — L.A. is the one with the most attractive trade assets. The massive contracts attached to the Lakers’ most desirable players …

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May 09

Magic fans appreciated throughout Central Florida

Photo by Fernando Medina/Orlando Magic Via the Orlando Magic: Friday, May 6, was no ordinary day for Magic fans. Whether fans were driving their children to school, heading to work or grabbing some breakfast, Magic fans across the city of Orlando couldn’t get far from their house without receiving a big THANK YOU for all …

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May 09

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

Via the Orlando Magic: Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, winner of the last three Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Awards, headlines the NBA All-Defensive First Team, the NBA announced today. Howard totaled 56 points overall, including 27 First Team votes. Howard earned the 2010-11 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, becoming …

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May 09

Dwight Howard, fourth quarters, and the truth

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images There once was a man made of brick-and-mortar, but his role diminished in the 4th quarter. He will be remembered as an all-time great, but you’d never guess it from his usage rate. Today, I stumbled upon a poem I wrote a while ago (yesterday), and it compelled me …

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May 06

Bob Vander Weide speaks out

Via Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: A week has passed since the Orlando Magic exited the playoffs with a Game 6 first-round loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Haven’t gotten over it? Neither has the Magic’s chief executive officer, Bob Vander Weide. “We didn’t get to our goal, so it’ll take me a while and …

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May 05

Appreciating Dwight Howard’s greatness

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images It’s hard out here for Orlando Magic fans. The Magic lost in the first round of the 2011 NBA Playoffs to the Atlanta Hawks. There’s so much uncertainty surrounding Dwight Howard‘s future. And general manager Otis Smith‘s continued quest to to find the right combination of players to surround …

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May 04

Wednesday’s Magic Word

Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “Earl Clark is thankful the Phoenix Suns agreed to trade him to the Orlando Magic as part of the six-player, blockbuster deal in mid-December. The move to Orlando might have saved his NBA career. Earlier this year, when the Suns declined to pick up Clark’s $2 million option to …

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May 04

Many needs and few assets

Via Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: An unconventional power forward, [Ryan] Anderson intrigues teams. He has size at 6-feet 10, can shoot the 3 and could be a better post-up player with some weight-room work. What also is appealing is Anderson’s salary over the next three seasons: $1.4 million, $2.2 million, $3.2 million. He …

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