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Apr 26

Thursday’s Magic Word

  • Lost in all the chatter surrounding Dwight Howard and his future, Jameer Nelson has a player option for $7.8 million next season. He’ll need to figure out soon if he’s going to opt in (like Dwight) or opt out.
  • The Orlando Magic were hoping to start Game 1 of their first round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday to allow players like Glen Davis (who sprained his right ankle on Wednesday) to rest. Alas, the Magic play Game 1 on Saturday.
  • Chris Webber and Steve Smith of NBA TV don’t give Orlando much of a chance at beating the Pacers in a seven-game series. With Dwight out, that should come as no surprise.
  • Might the Magic and the 1999 New York Knicks have something in common?
  • A post about Greg Kite!
  • Andrew Sharp of SB Nation places Dwight on his All-NBA Third Team.
  • J.J. Redick and Ryan Anderson led the way in Orlando’s win against the Charlotte Bobcats last night.
  • Matt Moore of CBSSports.com: “The Pacers not only get homecourt advantage, but the weakest opponent in the playoffs with Dwight Howard out for the Magic. If the Magic don’t rally for an unlikely struggle, the Pacers are in position to get rested before the second round begins.”
  • More from Moore on the worst storyline of the NBA’s regular season: “There’s ridiculous. There’s completely ridiculous. There’s “The Decision” and then there’s this Dwight nonsense. Dwight managed to look worse than LeBron. Congrats, big guy, we didn’t think anyone could do it.”
  • Ethan Sherwood Strauss of HoopSpeak compares head coach Stan Van Gundy to a seal: “Seal Van Gundy is isolated, doomed by those conspiring to kill him. He enters the playoffs lacking the tools for survival, but perhaps immense effort can afford him just a little more time. Poor seal, poor Stan.”
  • A panel of ESPN experts choose Ryan Anderson as the Most Improved Player this season. I don’t agree with the selection. Anderson hasn’t made a drastic improvement. He’s just gotten more playing time to put up bigger numbers.
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