Commentary | Magic Basketball - Part 16

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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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Dec 23

Imagining Dwight Howard with the Lakers

Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images I believe the Magic should keep Dwight Howard throughout the season and either make the requisite moves to make him a permanent member of the Magic, or let him leave this summer. Kevin Arnovitz can explain to you why this is a good choice. However, if they trade …

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Dec 21

Player to watch: Kobe Bryant

Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images Magic Basketball previews the 2011-2012 NBA season with a look at the players we’re most excited to watch this year. In the 1960’s, a study titled the “Milgram Shock Experiment” was performed. The point of the study was to gauge how far normal humans will go just because they are …

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Dec 20

The Magic’s bench needs to improve

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE I sat down with the task of writing about the Orlando player who most needs to redeem himself, but frankly, I just can’t do it. As far as the major players on the roster, there just isn’t much sense in talking about “redemption.” We know Dwight’s situation. We’ve covered the bejeezus …

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Dec 20

Can Hedo Turkoglu redeem himself?

Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images I’m tired of making 2009 comparisons. Yes, the Dwight-centered offense was clicking in 2009. Yes, guys were playing to (and beyond) their potential in 2009. Yes, Jameer Nelson shot the lights out from just inside the three-point line in 2009. Yes, the Magic were true contenders in 2009. So this …

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Dec 15

Player to watch: Stephen Curry

Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Magic Basketball previews the 2011-2012 NBA season with a look at the players we’re most excited to watch this year. When Eddy asked me to think of a player I was most excited to watch, my mind immediately went to every player on the Thunder roster. But — curses! — …

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Dec 13

Player to watch: James Harden

Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images Magic Basketball previews the 2011-2012 NBA season with a look at the players we’re most excited to watch this year. My love for LeBron James has not gone undocumented. You can argue with me, hate me, judge me, or even discredit me. I stand firmly on my convictions that he …

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Dec 07

Stan Van Gundy and the future of the Magic

Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images Usually when a team realizes the axe is hanging over their current era, one of the first questions that circulates is about the coaching. So far, though, as perhaps you’ve noticed, the spotlight has been on Dwight Howard and almost nothing else. Perhaps this is because the Magic are in …

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Dec 02

The potential awkwardness of All-Star weekend

Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images Two summers ago I moved back to St. Louis where I had spent the first twenty something years of my life. To my surprise, the MLB All-Star Game was scheduled to be played at Busch Stadium. While it wasn’t the Busch Stadium that I had grown up going to, I …

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Dec 02

Embracing uncertainty

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images There’s not a good way to introduce this season for the Magic, because you already know all the things that one might say. The elephant in the room has been trumpeting his trunk for three seasons now, and the second we heard that a new CBA was forthcoming, Orlando …

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