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Apr 13

Friday’s Magic Word

  • With his back still bothering him, Dwight Howard has flown to Los Angeles to get a second opinion. He is not expected to play Sunday against the Cleveland Cavaliers or Monday against the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • In a one-on-one interview with Hannah Storm of ESPN, Dwight denies asking for head coach Stan Van Gundy to be fired — this season at least: “Have I said it before? Ahh … being upset, yeah, I’ve said it, you know, but I’ve always come back and said I’ll do a better job, I’ll take more of a hit, I’ll lead better, I’ll do everything I can to get better.”
  • Dwight on the past year: “The only thing I could probably say that I could have done better is probably just keep my mouth shut more.”
  • Bill Simmons of Grantland wants to see the Boston Celtics play the Orlando Magic in the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs. Why? According to Simmons, “What better way to send Howard packing?”
  • Dan Devine of Ball Don’t Lie sums it up succinctly (and perfectly) regarding what Dwight said to Storm in his ESPN interview about wanting head coach Stan Van Gundy fired: “So … Dwight Howard did say to somebody in management that he wanted Stan Van Gundy fired. He just didn’t do it, like, recently.”
  • Jason Richardson describing what this season has been like for him compared to the 2007 “We Believe” season with the Golden State Warriors: “Crazier than any year that I’ve been a part of. That’s a different crazy. This is insane crazy.”
  • Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk with the lay of the land when it comes to the Magic’s playoff seeding: “The Magic are tied with the Hawks for the 5/6 seeds in the East, so Friday night is a crucial game. Although right now you may want to be the 6 seed and face Indiana in the first round and not the 5 seed that draws the red-hot Celtics.”
  • If Dwight can’t fully recover from his back injury before the postseason begins, then Orlando is in a heap of trouble.
  • When Dwight put up 45 points and 23 rebounds against the Warriors on January 12, he had one of the top individual performances in the NBA this season.
  • Is Lil’ Penny making a comeback to promote the Nike Air Penny 5? “Sources” say (also known as Penny Hardaway and Chris Rock) there’s a good chance of it happening!
  • Andrew Sharp of SB Nation doesn’t believe a word that Dwight says.
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