Commentary | Magic Basketball - Part 11

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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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Apr 10

The Magic should choose Dwight Howard over Stan Van Gundy

AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack I’ve gone on the record this season saying that I thought Stan Van Gundy was a valuable part of the Orlando Magic and also, recently, that they should fire him sooner rather than later. It occurs to me that these two positions maybe don’t make sense.  My thinking is as follows. …

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Apr 09

Au revoir, O-rena

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images On March 25, Amway Arena was imploded by the City of Orlando, putting an end to the building’s 23 years of existence. One of the first things I thought of when I found out Amway Arena was torn down was something head coach Stan Van Gundy said after …

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Apr 05

Dwight Howard vs. Stan Van Gundy

AP Photo/Carlos Osorio The cat’s out of the bag. Dwight wants Stan Van Gundy gone, even if he continus to deny it. Off with his head! Now that the rumors have been confirmed to be true, one becomes inclined to put himself in the shoes of the ownership in Orlando. Keep Dwight or keep Stan? …

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