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Jan 05

Thursday’s Magic Word

  • Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “Derrick Rose’s arrival not only puts Jameer Nelson on high alert, but it signals the start of a show-and-tell stretch for the Magic. Beginning with Friday night’s game against Rose and the Chicago Bulls — the league’s winningest team last season — the Magic face a schedule over the next 20 days that includes a West Coast trip and dates against six 2010-11 playoff teams. Orlando plays the Bulls, heads West to face Portland during a five-day, three-game trip and then takes on the likes of New York, San Antonio, L.A. Lakers and Boston (twice). The Magic (5-2) so far have only faced one team that made the playoffs last season — the Oklahoma City Thunder, in the season opener — and they were routed. The Magic will soon see how they stack up against some of the NBA’s top teams. [...] The Magic only played two preseason games in this compressed season, but they’ve enjoyed a soft opening after falling to the Thunder. The other six teams they have played in succession have a combined record of 10-27 (as of Thursday), including 0-6 Washington and 1-6 New Jersey. The six upcoming opponents on their agenda who made the postseason last season have a combined record of 24-14 (as of Thursday), topped by the Bulls’ 6-1 mark.”
  • Glen Davis promises to do more of the dirty work when he’s in the game.
  • A showdown with the Chicago Bulls on Friday looms large for the Orlando Magic.
  • Looks like Hedo Turkoglu needs a little work on his lob passes.
  • Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Golden State Warriors are interested in pursuing Dwight Howard as a rental for the season: “Most teams aren’t willing to gut rosters to get Howard only to lose him to free agency in the summer. Yet, the Warriors made a run for Chris Paul as a rental, and are determined to offer more for Howard, a franchise center. Golden State is probably five years away from a new downtown San Francisco arena that will be more appealing to star players, but owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber are determined to sell a top-five media market and rabid fan base to players. They would have to take a huge risk to make a deal for Howard, but sources said they’re determined to try whatever it takes to satisfy the Magic’s needs for a trade – including the construction of more complicated three- and four-team trade scenarios.”
  • Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk on the possibility of Howard landing with the Warriors: “How much more would Golden State be willing to put in the pot just to rent Howard? Probably not much, but this is a new ownership group. That said, it’s kind of hard to picture Dwight Howard in a City uniform.”
  • Ken Berger of CBSSports.com with a subtle bombshell and behind-the-scenes report on the Magic: “One more note on the Howard situation. With the future of the franchise teetering on Howard’s decision, multiple people plugged into league front-office dealings say it’s no sure thing that Smith, the GM, will be the one making the final decision on whether to trade Howard and where. With the resignation of Bob Vander Weide and promotion of Alex Martins to CEO, rival executives believe Martins is the one calling the shots. And among those shots could be adding to the Orlando front office, which is thin by NBA standards behind Smith. The most experienced and capable candidate on the market is former Hornets GM Jeff Bower, who has solid relationships with the Magic front office staff. Bower also worked with Martins in New Orleans. Tony Ronzone, the former assistant GM in Detroit and Minnesota, also is a free agent and sources say he’d be amenable to joining a revamped Magic front office with Bower in the lead role. Thus far, Martins has not reached out to any potential candidates as he settles into his new role, but sources believe the direction of the team — and Howard’s fickle approach when it comes to staying or leaving — could prime the pump for sweeping changes.”
  • More on the Howard-to-Golden State rumor.
  • Former Magic superstar Tracy McGrady blames his own talent for not practicing hard all the time.
  • Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie offers up a recap of Orlando’s win last night.
  • Ryan Anderson should get cyborg lungs so he can play 48 minutes every game.
  • The Wizards are bad, as the Magic found out.
  • Praise for Orlando’s 5-2 start to the regular season.
  • John Hollinger of ESPN Insider: “Despite a soft early slate, the Magic are tied for ninth in defensive efficiency. They’ve been a top-5 defense throughout the Dwight Howard-Stan Van Gundy era and aren’t well-equipped to win with just offense, especially if the guards keep firing blanks. Nonetheless, the solid start and Anderson’s breakout have to have the Magic a bit more encouraged about keeping their franchise center beyond this season. A bit.”
  • If you haven’t already, make sure to check out Nate Drexler on ESPN’s Daily Dime with his report from Amway Center following the Magic’s victory yesterday. Also, Danny Nowell makes a cameo appearance on ESPN.com as he contributes to a 5-on-5 roundtable discussion, taking a look at the surprise teams in the NBA so far.

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

1 comments
CarloSimone
CarloSimone

Wow, that bit about Martins possibly bringing in new blood is a very juicy tidbit. It may not be true but I wouldn't be surprised as that sounds like something which probably needs to happen.