August, 2012 | Magic Basketball

Monthly Archive: August 2012

Aug 31

Dwight Week Recap

August 27 The Magic’s 2009 Finals run: starring Dwight Howard, by Noam Schiller August 28 The evolution of Dwight Howard’s post game, by Evan Dunlap Dwight Howard, defense, and dominance, by Noam Schiller August 29 Dwight Howard’s last game in a Magic uniform, by Nate Drexler August 30 Dwight Howard’s lasting impact in Orlando, by …

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Aug 31

Retire Dwight Howard’s jersey in Orlando?

Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images Six months ago, you would have been hard-pressed to find a lot of people within the Magic fan base that did not want Dwight Howard’s jersey retired. Yes, at that point in time, Dwight had already made known his desire to be traded, with the Brooklyn Nets at the top …

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Aug 31

The Dwight Howard trade: a disaster or a fresh start?

Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images In the two weeks or so since Dwight Howard became a Laker, I’ve gone back and forth countless times on whether or not I actually like the trade for the Magic. The most prevalent criticism — and the most valid — is of the draft picks Orlando received in the …

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Aug 30

Magic complete coaching staff

Via Orlando Magic press release: The Orlando Magic have named James Borrego, Wes Unseld Jr. and Brett Gunning as assistant coaches, general manager Rob Hennigan and head coach Jacque Vaughn announced today. In addition, Laron Profit and Luke Stuckey have been named assistant coaches/player development, while Gordon Chiesa has been named special consultant to the …

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Aug 30

Dwight Howard and the 99 percent

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images It’s hard enough to believe there is an award called the Rich and Helen Devos Community Enrichment award. Given the turmoil Dwight Howard put Magic fans through in both wanting the beloved Stan Van Gundy fired and then getting traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, it’s hard to remember the …

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Aug 30

Dwight Howard’s lasting impact in Orlando

Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images Dwight Howard is, by some distance, the greatest player in Orlando Magic history. Beyond everything that has transpired in the past two years, beyond the most mutually embarrassing unhappy-superstar saga this side of Vince Carter, that is the ultimate takeaway from the eight seasons he spent with the Magic. He …

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Aug 29

Dwight Howard’s last game in a Magic uniform

Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images Dwight Howard is a phenomenal basketball player and it’s a real shame his final game in a Magic jersey was not legendary, not impressive, and not even on par with what he is capable of. Orlando will remember Dwight in several different ways. On the one hand, …

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Aug 28

Dwight Howard, defense, and dominance

Photo by Fernando Medina/Getty Images “Old Indian game. It’s called, uh, put the ball in the hole.” – Randle McMurphy, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest Basketball really is as simple as an in-character Jack Nicholson says it is. Put the ball in the hole, stop the other guys from putting the ball in the …

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Aug 28

The evolution of Dwight Howard’s post game

Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images For the consensus best player at his position, Dwight Howard sure hears a ton of criticism, not all of it unwarranted. He doesn’t take the game seriously enough. He needlessly blocks shots out-of-bounds instead of tipping them to teammates. He can’t make free throws and is thus a liability to …

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Aug 27

The Magic’s 2009 Finals run: starring Dwight Howard

Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images If you were to compare the current incarnation of Dwight Howard to any other player in NBA history, at least from a narrative-based perspective, the closest parallel would probably be post-Decision LeBron James. Like LeBron, Dwight was drafted straight out of high school, developed into a dominant superhuman, took his …

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