Rashard Lewis still a Magic at heart | Magic Basketball

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Jan 04

Rashard Lewis still a Magic at heart

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Via Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:

Lewis emphasized that he feels no ill will toward the Magic and that he wishes the best for the franchise that signed him to a huge free-agent contract in July 2007.

He remains in touch with former teammates, most notably point guard Jameer Nelson. He also hopes the Magic can retain Dwight Howard for the long-term.

He even said he rooted for the Magic in last spring’s playoffs.

“I still felt like, in my heart, I was a part of that team, and I wanted them to win,” he said.

“I still want this city to win the NBA championship. I thank them for everything that they’ve done for me: for giving me an opportunity to come and play here with Dwight Howard, with a first-class organization, with a great coach in Stan Van Gundy and with great fans.” [...]

Lewis, 32, sacrificed during his time in Orlando.

He is a natural small forward who played power forward without complaint. With Howard patrolling the middle, Lewis spent much of his time as a spot-up shooter. Lewis often was overmatched as a one-on-one defender against bigger opponents, but he was a good team defender who usually was in the right place.

“He’s one of the greatest teammates and team players that I’ve been around in my career,” Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. “He was willing to do anything.”

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

2 comments
NadaSheeple
NadaSheeple

Otis was an idiot for sending Lewis away for Arenas... Shard would of helped rebuild this team and done what needed to be done. Sure he was putting up 11 pts per game, but he is smart and knows basketball and his shot will come back. Fire Smith... Arenas gave us 2 blown out knees that only worked in warm climate... Remember that one? :/

slamman
slamman

As a Magic fan I truly missed R. Lewis last year when we played the Hawks in the playoffs. I thought that Lewis was one of the missing pieces in the lineup that was able to defend against the frontcourt of the hawks; which would give Dwight the freelance ability to defend other players. Garnet was the only player that he would have a problem with, but in reality who does. In the end however, He was just too overpaid. Hopefully he would be able to find his niche with another winning organization when his contract is over with.