- Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Brendan Malone never wanted his children to follow his career path. But his son Michael wanted to become a basketball coach more than anything else. And because of that, they will reunite when the Orlando Magic face the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night in Oakland, Calif. Brendan Malone, 69, is the Magic’s lead assistant coach. Michael Malone, 41, is the Warriors’ lead assistant coach. [...] They share more than that. They have the same build, the same gravelly voice and the same accent developed from childhoods spent in the New York borough of Queens. And they both have a strong admiration for each other. To outsiders, Brendan Malone seems gruff and stern. But he gushes with a father’s pride when he lists his six kids’ accomplishments. That’s the case when he talks about how Michael Malone worked his way up the coaching ladder from a job as a volunteer assistant at Oakland University in Michigan to assistant-coaching jobs with the New York Knicks, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the New Orleans Hornets and, now, the Warriors. Brendan Malone never wanted Michael or any of his kids to become coaches partly because of the sacrifices his wife, Maureen, and their children made.”
- Dwight Howard is struggling with his free-throw shooting.
- The Orlando Magic finally earned a signature win against the Portland Trail Blazers.
- Howard and adidas have something big planned for All-Star Weekend.
- A look back at some memorable interviews in recent NBA history.
- Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus: “While we often talk about balanced scoring, Orlando has a slightly different concept–balanced ballhanding and passing. The Magic are above average in terms of assisted field goals despite lacking a pure playmaker. Turkoglu hands out nearly as many assists as point guard Jameer Nelson (including a team-high six on Wednesday), and six Orlando players (Nelson, Turkoglu, Chris Duhon, Jason Richardson, J.J. Redick and Howard) average at least two assists per game–a claim just two other teams (the Dallas Mavericks and the Milwaukee Bucks) can match. Pair that with the Magic’s outside shooting and opposing defenses can struggle to keep up. When Orlando needs a score, however, Turkoglu is the man. He is a difficult matchup for defenses in the pick-and-roll because he is a triple threat, capable of driving, shooting and passing. At 6-10, Turkoglu almost always has a height advantage against his defender, giving him the opportunity to survey the defense and see passing lanes even when he is trapped. That doesn’t make him worth $50 million, but that does make him a valuable piece of what remains a contending team.”
- A preview of tonight’s game between the Orlando Magic and Golden State Warriors.
- A recap the Magic’s win against the Blazers.
- Chris Bernucca of SheridanHoops.com: “Among others, the following point guards have better numbers than Nelson’s paltry 7.8 points and 5.3 assists: Ricky Rubio and Andre Miller, who don’t start for their teams, and Jarrett Jack, D.J. Augustin and Jeff Teague, who are in their first full seasons as starters. An All-Star in 2009, Nelson also is shooting 42 percent from the field and isn’t providing his usual spark to Orlando’s offense.”
Eddy Rivera is the Editor-in-Chief of Magic Basketball. Follow him on Twitter.