March, 2012 | Magic Basketball - Part 3

Monthly Archive: March 2012

Mar 17

Recap: Orlando Magic 86, New Jersey Nets 70

AP Photo/John Raoux BOX SCORE There was a lot of hype surrounding Friday’s game between the Orlando Magic and New Jersey Nets. At first, there was a strong possibility that Dwight Howard was going to show up at Amway Center in a Nets uniform. Had Dwight not waived the early termination option in his contract, …

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Mar 16

Preview: New Jersey Nets at Orlando Magic

Essentials Teams: New Jersey Nets at Orlando Magic Date: Mar. 16, 2012 Time: 7:00 p.m. Television: Sun Sports Arena: Amway Center Records Nets: 15-29 Magic: 28-16 Probable starters Nets: Sundiata Gaines MarShon Brooks DeShawn Stevenson Kris Humphries Shelden Williams Magic: Jameer Nelson Jason Richardson Hedo Turkoglu Ryan Anderson Dwight Howard Advanced stats Nets: Pace: 89.4 …

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Mar 16

Friday’s Magic Word

Head coach Stan Van Gundy on when he heard the news about Dwight Howard: “It was probably a little bit before the press conference. So I don’t know. Maybe noontime [or] a little bit after. I don’t really remember. I was doing my New Jersey film. I don’t really remember exactly. It was a big …

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Mar 16

Magic Basketball Weekly: Twitter and the NBA news cycle

AP Photo/John Raoux Nothing like a little 24-hour news cycle drama to clear out the old sinuses dear readers and I, like most, took a great deal of joy in the chaos of yesterday. It seems clearer each week that the NBA has staked out this bizarre entertainment niche where the on-court product is cross-pollinated …

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Mar 16

3-on-3 roundtable: The ramifications of “The Indecision”

AP Photo/John Raoux With Dwight Howard opting in to the final year of his contract, the Orlando Magic got what they were looking for. Time. With a little more time, it’s up to the Magic to do what they promised to do for Dwight — build an elite team and championship contender around him. Orlando …

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Mar 15

Dwight’s Magic Word

Dwight Howard, waiving the early termination option in his contract (which means he’ll remain with the Orlando Magic for one more season), and the Magic have some marriage counseling to do. The onus now is on Orlando to improve the roster, in the hopes of convincing Dwight to stay for the long haul. Loyalty is …

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Mar 15

M. Dwight Shyamalan

Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images I get it, I really do. Dwight Howard doesn’t want to be the next LeBron James and that’s totally admirable. He sees how everything went down with LeBron getting his jersey burned, getting booed in every city, and having unreasonable (and yet probably warranted) criticism and scrutiny strapped to his …

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Mar 15

Dwight Howard stays

AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack It’s no longer bittersweet to talk about Dwight Howard. For Orlando Magic fans, for today, it’s just sweet. Howard opts in for the 2012-2013 season? A collective sigh of relief swells up in Orlando. The tension and dizziness that Dwight’s indecision has created for Orlando fans has been frustrating, overshadowing the …

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Mar 14

Recap: San Antonio Spurs 122, Orlando Magic 111

Photo by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images BOX SCORE In a span of seven days, the Orlando Magic have played the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, and San Antonio Spurs, with tonight’s matchup against the Spurs ending a four-game stretch for the Magic that has revealed a lot about the team. More on …

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Mar 14

Preview: Orlando Magic at San Antonio Spurs

Essentials Teams: Orlando Magic at San Antonio Spurs Date: Mar. 14, 2012 Time: 8:30 p.m. Television: Sun Sports Arena: AT&T Center Records Magic: 28-15 Spurs: 27-13 Probable starters Magic: Jameer Nelson J.J. Redick Hedo Turkoglu Ryan Anderson Dwight Howard Spurs: Tony Parker Danny Green Richard Jefferson DeJuan Blair Tim Duncan Advanced stats Magic: Pace: 89.5 …

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