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Dec 29

Thursday’s Magic Word

  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Stan Van Gundy will start Jameer Nelson, Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, Ryan Anderson and Dwight Howard when the Orlando Magic host the New Jersey Nets at 7 tonight at Amway Center. So no surprises there. Van Gundy wants the Magic to be prepared for the Nets’ pace. So far, according to Synergy Sports Technology, 15 percent of New Jersey’s offensive possessions that ended in a shot attempt, with a turnover or with a free throw came in transition. For comparison’s sake, only eight percent of the Magic’s offensive possessions ended when the Magic were in transition. […] Another concern for Van Gundy: guarding the Nets’ options out of pick-and-rolls. Nets coach Avery Johnson and Williams expect a rude reception from Magic fans tonight because of all the trade speculation involving their team and Dwight Howard.”
  • Deron Williams would recommend the New York market to Dwight Howard.
  • Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post warns the Orlando Magic of acquiring veterans for Dwight Howard in a trade: “But Orlando ought not aspire to be the mid-2000s Washington Wizards team, the one which featured a core of Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, Antawn Jamison, and DeShawn Stevenson. In the 2004/05 season, the Wizards went 45-37 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in 23 years. In the three seasons after that, they won 42, 41, and 43 games and were eliminated in the first round each time. They eventually dismantled that team, as Magic fans well know, as Smith acquired Arenas from Washington in an ill-advised move last December. One may point out the Wizards eventually scored a first-overall draft pick, which they used on stud point guard John Wall. But they only got that pick in the first place because they unloaded the core members of that expensive, veteran-laden, mediocre club.”
  • Dwight Howard isn’t a 6-foot-11 center.
  • Williams had dinner with Howard last night in Orlando.
  • Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk tries to guess what Williams and Howard were talking about as they got dinner together: “Williams may have tried to sell him on Brooklyn, they may have talked about Dallas. Heck, they may have talked about Cleveland for all we know. Okay, probably not. But mostly they probably talked about families and hobbies and whatever else they share in common. Like their gold medals and if they want to get another one next summer. This was not high pressure recruiting and no decisions were made. They talked like friends talk. These kinds of dinners happen all the time among players. It’s really not a big deal.”
  • A preview of the Nets and Magic game.
  • Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook got into an argument in last night’s game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies. Head coach Stan Van Gundy humorously suggests that the Thunder should send Durant to Florida to separate the two.
  • It’s possible that Williams and Howard could land with the Dallas Mavericks.
  • What kind of food did Williams and Howard eat for dinner?
  • Orlando isn’t an appealing League Pass team this season.
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