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Mar 11

Monday’s Magic Word

  • John Schuhmann of NBA.com: “The Magic clearly should have scheduled more games against the Sixers, who have given them two of their four victories since mid-January. The Amway Center faithful surely hope that No. 5 comes on Tuesday, when that trade-demanding, coach-killing and candy-loving Dwight Howard comes to town for the first (and last?) time as a Laker. The reception he gets should be interesting.”
  • After their rematch with Dwight Howard and the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, the Orlando Magic wrap up the regular season by playing 11 of their last 17 games on the road.
  • Post-game quotes following the Magic’s win against the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.
  • Howard apologizes to the city of Orlando (via Sam Amick of USA Today): “In Orlando, I handled a lot of stuff the wrong way. If any of those people in Orlando are upset with how I did it, I apologize for the way I handled it and the way it was handled in the media. I really just got caught up in wanting to please everybody else. I really love that city. That was the hardest thing to do was to leave that city because I basically grew up there. That was my whole life. Orlando was it. I did not want to leave all that behind — the city, just everything about it. The fans. But I wanted a change for my life. I just felt like there was something else out there for me.”
  • Stan Van Gundy believes that Howard deserves an ovation from Magic fans when he returns to Amway Center for the first time since being traded to the Lakers during the offseason.
  • The Magic outplayed the Sixers down the stretch.
  • Jameer Nelson expects a playoff-type atmosphere in Dwight’s return.
  • Kelly DWyer of Ball Don’t Lie gives Howard credit for finally owning up to his mistakes in how he handled his departure from Orlando.
  • Ben Golliver of The Point Forward: “Howard’s apology will fall on mostly deaf ears in Central Florida. While Howard hasn’t quite reached “LeBron James returns to Cleveland after The Decision” levels of hatred, he’s sure to be treated like Public Enemy No. 1 in his return to Orlando, where the Magic are 18-46 this season and staring down the barrel of a lengthy rebuilding effort.”
  • Howard’s indecisiveness last season hurt him in the court of public opinion.
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