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Mar 12

Magic Basketball Weekly: A special Monday edition starring Dwight Howard

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images After some two weeks off from Magic Basketball Weekly (on account of a food illness thing and a trip to Boston to nerd out with the People From the Internet), I have returned to answer the tremendous backlog of all of the two emails that have been written …

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Mar 08

Orlando is not a contender unless …

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images With the Magic currently in third place in the East, I find myself wondering, “What’s so bad about this team? Why all the fuss about making trades?” In the second half of the season, fans need not worry about who is going to make the playoffs or who …

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Feb 27

All-Star Aftermath

All-Star Weekend in Orlando is over but that doesn’t mean the coverage is over. For the next two days, Magic Basketball TV will make its return, showcasing interviews featuring almost every Eastern and Western Conference All-Star, a few Rising Stars participants, and other NBA players. Most of the topics on MBN TV are lighthearted in …

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Feb 24

Magic Basketball Weekly: Welcome to the first annual Orlando Magic Starzz Competition

All-Star weekend is upon us and Magic fans can take this weekend to celebrate the several players being recognized as examples of a franchise peaking, to honor Orlando’s several All-Stars, and reflect on how well-run this franchise is. Alternatively, we could drink heavily, and ignore the media inquiries that will start to gnaw at what …

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Feb 24

Welcome to All-Star Weekend in Orlando

AP Photo/Lynne Sladky There is no All-Star game more exciting than the NBA All-Star Game. As Bill Simmons expunges in his book, The Book of Basketball, to be at an NBA game is as close to the action as you can get in any sport without being behind a glass panel for protection. You can …

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Feb 24

No clear end in sight for the Magic

Jim O’Connor/US Presswire I’ve been flying a lot lately, and I don’t mind saying that I’m not the world’s greatest flyer. I’m not, you know, a total basket case about it — I think I’m able to sit in my seat and maintain what most people would say is a normal, masculine demeanor — but …

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Feb 17

Magic Basketball Weekly: Superman I vs. Superman II

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images Ugh, Shaq. By now, you’ve almost certainly read his latest stupid attempts to needle Dwight Howard, saying it would be a “travesty” if Howard left Orlando. Which is immediately ridiculous, because, you know … Shaq did that. I’m not the first person commenting on this story, but this …

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Feb 13

Blake Griffin starring as “The Halftime Show”

Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images An NBA halftime show is rather predictable. Some joker from the stands will be marched to the three-point line while the public address announcer screams a few rules for the contest that is about to go down. “A three-pointer is worth $1,000 and a free throw is worth …

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Feb 10

Magic Basketball Weekly: Orlando’s Jekyll and Hyde act

Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images Well, that does it, y’all. I’m officially terrified to write anything about this year’s Magic team. Seriously. They win five straight games and I write about how hopeful I am? Time to lose four straight! If I despair over the losses and the obvious roster shortcomings? Let’s …

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Feb 07

Philadelphia’s folly as a contender

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images I like the idea of an underdog team beating all odds, standing in the face of the giant and winning an unprecedented victory. I like teams that share the ball, make the extra pass, aren’t concerned with stats — or anything — but the win. I also love the idea …

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