- Part 7

Monthly Archive: December 2011

Dec 07

Stan Van Gundy and the future of the Magic

Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images Usually when a team realizes the axe is hanging over their current era, one of the first questions that circulates is about the coaching. So far, though, as perhaps you’ve noticed, the spotlight has been on Dwight Howard and almost nothing else. Perhaps this is because the Magic are in …

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Dec 07

Brief thoughts on the Magic’s schedule

Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images Christmas Day The Orlando Magic kick off the 2011-2012 season on Christmas Day against the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road. For the casual NBA fans, Dwight Howard, Kevin Durant, and Russell Westbrook will do more than enough to pique their interest in the game. But a player …

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Dec 06

Tuesday’s Magic Word

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “On a day Orlando Magic officials pledged publicly they’ll do everything they can to keep Dwight Howard, the team announced that the second-highest person in the team hierarchy — a person who has been in contact with Howard recently — is leaving his post. Team officials announced that Bob …

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Dec 06

Magic CEO Bob Vander Weide resigns

Via David Baumann of Bright House Sports Network: I can confirm Bob Vander Weide is retiring as Magic CEO, Alex Martins will be promoted. According to Baumann and other local media outlets, Vander Weide made a late-night phone call to Dwight Howard and may have been intoxicated while doing so. Vander Weide confirmed that he …

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Dec 06

Dwight Howard and the Bulls

Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images Via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: For now, it is Paul on the market. Howard’s on deck. The New Jersey Nets will have a package of Brook Lopez and picks available for the Magic, enticing Howard with Deron Williams and a new Brooklyn arena to call his own. What’s more, …

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Dec 05

Monday’s Magic Word

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Parsing a general manager’s words to find hidden meaning can be a dangerous undertaking, but in this case, I think the point is obvious. Whether the team decides to “amnesty” Gilbert Arenas or Hedo Turkoglu could hinge on what Dwight Howard tells the organization about his long-term plans. Don’t …

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Dec 05

Dwight Howard and the Lakers

Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images Via Andy Kamenetzky of ESPN Los Angeles: Turns out, Barnes buys the chatter about Howard’s desire to don purple and gold, because he’s heard the same from a pretty reliable source: Dwight Howard. “You know, I’ve been hearing [rumors about] Dwight,” acknowledged Barnes. “I’ve been hearing [rumors …

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Dec 02

Friday’s Magic Word

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “Paul gave New Orleans a hint last summer when he floated a trial balloon, basically trying to nudge the Hornets into dealing him. This time, Paul and his agent apparently aren’t wasting any time flying balloons, alerting the Hornets that he won’t sign an extension and they should get …

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Dec 02

3-on-3 roundtable: An uncertain future

Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images Dwight this. Dwight that. Needless to say, there’s been a lot of Dwight Howard talk already and the season hasn’t even started yet. Magic fans better get used to it because things are going to be like this for the foreseeable future until Howard decides on his future. In the …

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Dec 02

The potential awkwardness of All-Star weekend

Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images Two summers ago I moved back to St. Louis where I had spent the first twenty something years of my life. To my surprise, the MLB All-Star Game was scheduled to be played at Busch Stadium. While it wasn’t the Busch Stadium that I had grown up going to, I …

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