December, 2011 | Magic Basketball - Part 4

Monthly Archive: December 2011

Dec 20

Otis Smith’s bad offseason

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Via Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post: If one views the Bass-for-Davis trade as a lateral move for Orlando–and that’s a charitable assessment–and believes Richardson can rebound from an unimpressive 55-game stint with the Magic, then perhaps the team is better off than it was when its season ended in …

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Dec 20

The Magic’s bench needs to improve

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE I sat down with the task of writing about the Orlando player who most needs to redeem himself, but frankly, I just can’t do it. As far as the major players on the roster, there just isn’t much sense in talking about “redemption.” We know Dwight’s situation. We’ve covered the bejeezus …

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Dec 20

Can Hedo Turkoglu redeem himself?

Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images I’m tired of making 2009 comparisons. Yes, the Dwight-centered offense was clicking in 2009. Yes, guys were playing to (and beyond) their potential in 2009. Yes, Jameer Nelson shot the lights out from just inside the three-point line in 2009. Yes, the Magic were true contenders in 2009. So this …

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Dec 19

Monday’s Magic Word

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “The Magic entered Sunday’s exhibition tired. After practices and scrimmages on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, the team held a one-hour, 50-minute shootaround Sunday morning at AmericanAirlines Arena. It would be tempting to blame Orlando’s atrocious second-half performance versus Miami on all of that work. But won’t the Magic face …

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Dec 19

Player to watch: LeBron James

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Magic Basketball previews the 2011-2012 NBA season with a look at the players we’re most excited to watch this year. I’ll be honest with you. When thinking about the player I’m most excited to watch this year, I tried to be in vogue and pick a rising star like Eric …

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Dec 16

Dell Demps has advice for Otis Smith

Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images Via Sports Radio Interviews: “It’s funny I talked to the general manager, Otis Smith, and he’s a great guy. I think Otis Smith will come out of this smelling like a rose. It’s tough. These are franchise changing decisions and if you don’t have a situation where you feel like …

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Dec 15

Thursday’s Magic Word

John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “To those who witnessed the Orlando Magic’s scrimmage on Thursday, Dwight Howard was his usual dominant self. Only this time instead of using his considerable muscle, he instead flexed some finesse. Time and again, Howard showed off the growth in his game by anticipating double teams by stepping back and draining …

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Dec 15

Magic re-sign Earl Clark

Via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: Earl Clark has agreed to a two-year deal with the Orlando Magic, league source tells Y! Sports. UPDATE: Good signing. It’s been reported that Earl Clark desperately wanted to re-sign with the Orlando Magic, spurring a more lucrative offer from the Denver Nuggets to make it happen. Onto the …

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Dec 15

Player to watch: Stephen Curry

Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Magic Basketball previews the 2011-2012 NBA season with a look at the players we’re most excited to watch this year. When Eddy asked me to think of a player I was most excited to watch, my mind immediately went to every player on the Thunder roster. But — curses! — …

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Dec 14

Wednesday’s Magic Word

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “For now, it appears that the Orlando Magic front office has decided there’s no reason to rush into trading Dwight Howard, because the same offers — and perhaps better ones — likely still will be available right up until the March 15 NBA trade deadline. And perhaps Howard’s thinking …

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