Commentary | Magic Basketball - Part 12

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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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Mar 16

Magic Basketball Weekly: Twitter and the NBA news cycle

AP Photo/John Raoux Nothing like a little 24-hour news cycle drama to clear out the old sinuses dear readers and I, like most, took a great deal of joy in the chaos of yesterday. It seems clearer each week that the NBA has staked out this bizarre entertainment niche where the on-court product is cross-pollinated …

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Mar 15

M. Dwight Shyamalan

Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images I get it, I really do. Dwight Howard doesn’t want to be the next LeBron James and that’s totally admirable. He sees how everything went down with LeBron getting his jersey burned, getting booed in every city, and having unreasonable (and yet probably warranted) criticism and scrutiny strapped to his …

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Mar 15

Dwight Howard stays

AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack It’s no longer bittersweet to talk about Dwight Howard. For Orlando Magic fans, for today, it’s just sweet. Howard opts in for the 2012-2013 season? A collective sigh of relief swells up in Orlando. The tension and dizziness that Dwight’s indecision has created for Orlando fans has been frustrating, overshadowing the …

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Mar 14

Who’s to blame between the Magic and Dwight Howard?

Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images Well, it finally happened. Dwight Howard finally broke and said something to chum the waters for the rest of his career. After months of frustrating indecision which was not exactly helping Howard’s image, he finally provided his detractors some quotable ammunition, saying of his discussions with the Magic: “I told …

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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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