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Jan 02

Monday’s Magic Word

  • Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “Extremely talented, but extremely troubled center DeMarcus Cousins has told the Sacramento Kings that he wants to be traded. The team has washed their hands of him and will be looking for a suitor. All the Kings’ horses and all the Kings’ men can’t seem to put this situation back together again, to borrow from an old nursery rhyme. The Magic are not afraid to take on difficult players — see Gilbert Arenas — and Cousins has the type of talent that might make Dwight Howard think twice about his own trade request. Cousins makes about $4 million a year, and the Magic could dangle power forward Ryan Anderson and some cash to grab Cousins. Anderson leads the league in 3-pointers made, with 21, and fits perfectly with what the Magic do. And it just so happens that Anderson is from the Sacramento area, too. But while Anderson is a terrific guy and teammate, the immature Cousins is a coach-killer and a chemistry-wrecker.”
  • The Orlando Magic are attacking the rim more often this season.
  • Jason Richardson got blocked by the rim last night.
  • Sean Highkin of Hardwood Paroxysm: “Dwight Howard has been on an absolute tear this season, and there’s not much to indicate he won’t continue against [the Detroit Pistons], whose sole win on the year has come against the lowly Nets.”
  • Marc Stein of “After his usual Christmas dud, Dwight Howard became the first player since Dennis Rodman in 1997 with back-to-back games with at least 24 boards. No signs yet, then, of DH12 checking out to try to force Orlando to trade him. Yet.”
  • The Magic looked like the 2009 team against the Toronto Raptors.
  • Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk: “The pattern follows — they lost to OKC opening day because they have someone who can single cover Dwight Howard in the post. They consistently beat lesser teams that can’t do that. They are a good offensive squad.”
  • Abe Schwadron of SLAM ONLINE recaps Orlando’s victory yesterday: “After trailing for most of the game by double digits, the Magic mounted a fourth quarter comeback, keyed by a 16-0 run and five three-pointers in the period, to come all the way back against the Raptors. Ryan Andersen, who is tops in the League in three-point attempts and makes, led Orlando with 24 points (his fourth 20+ point performance in the first five games of the season), while Dwight Howard went for 19 points, 15 boards and 3 blocks and JJ Redick added 21 off the bench. Andrea Bargnani led all scorers with 28 points on 10-21 shooting (and the only half-decent highlight from this game), and Jose Calderon had a nice game with 18 points and 13 assists, including the 3,000th dime of his seven-year NBA career. Calderon played 36 minutes with Jerryd Bayless nursing a sprained ankle. The Magic improved to 4-1 despite shooting a measly 67 percent from the free throw line.”
  • Should there be an Offensive Player of the Year award?
  • Ryan Anderson is channeling his inner-Antoine Walker.

Eddy Rivera is the Editor-in-Chief of Magic Basketball. Follow him on Twitter.