Commentary | Magic Basketball - Part 14

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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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Feb 03

Magic Basketball Weekly: Regrettably watching the Super Bowl

Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images I’m sure you guys care an awful lot, but after weeks of deliberation I have decided that I am in fact going to watch the Super Bowl. It’s not merely that two of my four least favorite teams are playing, it’s just that over the past year, I’ve lost most …

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Jan 31

The Magic need to blow it up

AP Photo/Mike Carlson I don’t need to tell you this, but in case you haven’t been paying attention, the Magic pretty much stink right now. Naturally this raises questions. How do you fix it? What’s the root of the problem? Whose fault is it? Where do we go from here? How about this question. What …

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Jan 27

Magic Basketball Weekly: Beer and basketball

It’s time to have a society intervention, friends. A sickness has blossomed into an epidemic, and unless we do something, it may become a permanent problem. I’m talking about “S**t Girls Say” and all of the spinoff videos that have forced me to unsubscribe to otherwise decent friends on Facebook. The first one, very funny. …

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Jan 27

The hard truth about Jameer Nelson

AP Photo/Mike Carlson After spending Thursday watching Jameer Nelson play, I regret to inform you that I have nothing groundbreaking to report. I don’t have answers, I don’t have a solution, and my prognosis is going to sound obnoxiously simple. There are not two ways to cut this pie. Jameer shoots out of rhythm, misses …

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Jan 26

When chemistry and mental toughness collide

AP Photo/Charles Krupa Ah, last week, ‘twas so very long ago. Back in those distant, sunnier times, the Magic were as foals, tottering around in the warming naivete of the new season, kicking their legs and just beginning to grasp their potential as thoroughbreds. It was in those carefree days that J.J. Redick told the …

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