Commentary | Magic Basketball - Part 14

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Jan 20

Magic Basketball Weekly: Let’s talk about the Magic

Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images Today is a happy day for me, the culmination of a dream I’ve had lo these many weeks. Or two weeks. This is the week, dear readers, when you stepped up to the plate and offered me not two, not even three, but no fewer than FIVE emails …

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Jan 19

An aerial view of the Eastern Conference

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Every so often, the writers of Magic Basketball tackle the world’s most important issues. In this case, we make a grand sweep of the Eastern Conference in the NBA and examine the early storylines being talked about by the mainstream media and blogosphere. Are the Philadelphia 76ers for real? Have …

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Jan 18

Keeping Dwight Howard around

AP Photo/John Raoux Well, here we are. The Magic are winning, and there is no end in sight to the Dwight Howard saga. In some ways, this was the least likely scenario, as it sure seemed as if Orlando’s roster and Dwight’s disposition would make this season like getting a root canal. Such was my …

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Jan 18

Stan Van Gundy: Lucky, brilliant, or both?

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez With injuries to both stars and role players plaguing the league, I wonder if Orlando is lucky to be close to full strength 13 games into the season. I mean everyone has injuries, right? So what gives? Is Orlando lucky, or are they well coached? Stan Van Gundy, though working with …

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Jan 13

Magic Basketball Weekly: Hack-a-Dwight and Mark Jackson

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez Every morning on my way to work I listen to this awful local radio show called Bob and the Showgram. I think every town has one of these shows, where some fat-sounding man alternately wheezes and yells into a microphone while slack-jawed cronies occasionally pipe in with nonsense. It’s racist, homophobic, …

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Jan 11

Driving the Timberwolves bandwagon

Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images I bet a few of you reading this just graduated from college and live at home with your parents. Well played! You probably eat breakfast right after waking up at 11:00 AM and then eat lunch at noon. I can tell you from personal experience it’s a great …

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Jan 06

Magic Basketball Weekly: Sloths and the Nuggets

Sloths are my favorite animal. They have been for years. Science has shown them to be both the cutest and most bro-some of all God’s creatures. Let me hit you with some sloth facts: They grow moss on them, because they chill so hard. Sometimes, if their babies fall out of a tree or something, …

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Jan 03

Dealing with an organizational identity crisis

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images Through the first six games of the season, the Magic have shown themselves to be a team of poles and contrasts. There have been stretches, like the comeback win over the Raptors or the second quarter in the loss against Detroit, when the Magic seem to have rediscovered …

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Dec 29

A tough time to be subpar

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images Readers, I apologize in advance for emoting negativity so early in the season. I’m generally optimistic, but I’m having a hard time seeing the light at the end of this particular tunnel. Now that the opening day excitement has settled, and we all got a chance to watch …

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Dec 23

A prayer for the NBA season

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images It’s about that time, y’all. The Magic have been in the middle of a media storm for a month now, and will have the focus all to themselves now that the Chris Paul saga has finally reached its end. What there is to say about this team — that is, …

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