Commentary | Magic Basketball - Part 10

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Jul 10

“Dream Team” review: The Toni Kukoc game

Photo via US Presswire LeBron James just dominated the NBA playoffs, won his first NBA title, and had the Finals MVP award for dessert. Dwyane Wade battled through injuries to average more than 20 points per game and earn his second NBA championship. But what if the top item on the to-do list for the …

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Jul 06

The case for trading Dwight Howard to the Lakers

Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images The Orlando Magic are going to trade Dwight Howard sometime between now and the start of training camp in September. That much is clear. Where Otis Smith’s regime made a habit of making franchise-altering decisions based on what they thought would please their mercurial superstar, new general …

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May 24

Magic fans share their favorite Stan Van Gundy memory

Over a span of five years, Stan Van Gundy made a lot of memories during his time in Orlando. On the court, Magic fans got to witness some of the best teams and single-game performances in franchise history, game-winning shots, you name it. Off the court, Van Gundy became known for giving the best press …

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May 24

The Stan Van Gundy experience

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America I used to watch hoops with the same group of guys in undergrad. It always drove me insane and warmed my heart. Inane arguments, at which I’m adept, and inane proclamations — ask me about Harrison Barnes — are two of the things I cherish most in the world …

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May 24

What I learned from Stan Van Gundy

Chris Graythen/Getty Images When the Orlando Magic originally hired Stan Van Gundy as their new head coach in the summer of 2007, as a fan, I didn’t know what to think. To be honest, I knew more about the Magic’s initial coaching hire that offseason, Billy Donovan, than I did about Van Gundy. Donovan was …

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May 04

Glen Davis and being a champion

Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images The single biggest argument any chump on the street has that gives him the decisive edge in an “anti-LeBron James” argument is the fact that LBJ has no rings. Why, then, do we not use that same logic when talking about non-superstars who also have rings? Maybe some do, but …

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May 01

HoopIdea: Coaches booths in the NBA

AP Photo/Michael Conroy In football, offensive and defensive coordinators routinely watch their own team’s games from the comfort of a booth high in the sky and they call in plays to players and coaches on the field via headsets. Some coaches have access to televisions to watch replays and can make suggestions to the head …

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Apr 27

HoopIdea: On tanking and basketball ideologies

Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images Now that we’re clear of the regular season, dear readers, I think you want to read about something fresh. I’d imagine you’re as weary as I am of Girls and “hipster racism,” of campaign analysis and summer movie previews. You came to this space for something new, and something new …

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Apr 27

Orlando’s regular season in hell

Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images How did we get here? It’s a question every Magic fan has to ask as Orlando limps into the playoffs and is slated to win one, maybe two games in the opening round before yet again bowing out to a superior team. Dissecting an entire season, especially …

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Apr 20

Superman’s fall

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images I don’t think anybody saw this being the end of the saga. Just a day ago, I — like many of you, I’m sure — assumed that Dwight Howard’s “back” was just a synonym for a host of other maladies that were not exactly a physician’s concern. …

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