Commentary | Magic Basketball - Part 12

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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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Apr 02

J.J. Redick and Milo Greene: Mutual respect

Photo courtesy of J.J. Redick Quick, who are the music groups that come to mind when you think about getting pumped up and ready to play in an NBA basketball game? Here, I’ll do it for you. Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Skrillex, Kanye West, Eminem — just to name a few. We need a list, though. …

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Mar 30

Magic Basketball Weekly: Putting David Stern and Roger Goodell under a microscope

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images Do y’all remember that fun and simple time a few months back when David Stern vetoed — or didn’t veto or whatever — the Chris Paul trade? Remember how hysterical everyone was about what a black eye it was for the league, coming right after the lockout like that? I …

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Mar 22

Trading playoff formats?

Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images Which one of your friend’s is most interested in the NBA? Just for fun, call that person and say, “the NBA is changing their playoff format to single elimination next year and they are going to play the games at neutral sites.” What kind of reaction do you think you …

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