Commentary | Magic Basketball - Part 17

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Apr 14

The perception and reality of a boring series

Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images Getting past Atlanta will be a relief for a couple of reasons. For one, it’s flat out unsettling to have to play a team that has beaten you three times in the regular season. Second, no matter how you spin it this is probably the least exciting matchup …

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Apr 06

An imperfect NCAA Tournament

Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images Now that the national championship game has been played, is it okay to admit that this year’s NCAA Tournament, including the championship, wasn’t really all that great? Whenever I throw accusations around about “March Madness,” all my friends who call themselves “purists”—and who are convinced that the NCAA Tournament is …

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Apr 04

Dwight Howard is a frustrated perfectionist

Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images Dwight Howard is in relentless pursuit of perfection. No matter how tired he is, no matter what the gravity of the game, he comes out to dominate. The guy does all the little things, but quite frankly, the rest of the Orlando Magic do very little to reward him. When …

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Mar 28

Stan Van Gundy, Derrick Rose, and the MVP race

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images Stan Van Gundy made waves Wednesday when he told reporters asking about the MVP race, “I don’t think it’s wide open. The media seems to have made their decision, and they’re the ones that vote. Derrick Rose has it. I haven’t really read or heard a media guy …

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Mar 25

The fabulous Fab Five documentary

Duane Burleson/Getty Images If there is one reason to watch ESPN’s documentary about the Fab Five, it is Jalen Rose. I’m always pleasantly surprised by his ability to speak his mind in an authoritative and eloquent way. He speaks the truth, and the Fab Five documentary was his opus. It was less about the story, …

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Mar 23

On not comparing the NCAA Tournament to the NBA

Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images Just as March Madness means a three-week period of sofa bound bliss every year, so too does it mean a rash of annoying by-products. Endless tournament-themed promotions from stupid businesses, harsh bleating from people who watch three basketball games a year–I mean, it is a joyful time, and I welcome …

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Mar 18

What do The Strokes and Jameer Nelson have in common?

Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images A few weeks ago I read a headline that all but sent me running through my neighborhood chanting, “they’re back!” The Strokes were releasing a new single, the first music from them since 2005. I first heard about them in 2002 while I was at prom and a buddy popped …

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Mar 15

Advanced statistics and the democracy of talent

Photo by Grazier Photography One of my favorite movies of the past few years is Pixar’s The Incredibles. You’ve probably seen it. It’s an animated feature about a family of superheroes who are all either by nature or genetics or the grace of God gifted–and burdened–with superpowers. The movie centers around a problem that arises …

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Mar 10

On beating the narrative

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images I sat down today intent on writing about the question on most of our lips as we watch the Magic these days: Which is the team we’re going to get? Is it the Heat-beaters with an attacking point guard and a dominant center and prolific role players, or is it …

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Mar 09

The state of the Eastern Conference

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images It’s time to start thinking about Chicago differently. They are no longer a team that will be good someday when they get the right pieces together. They are no longer the harbor for potential MVP Derrick Rose and nothing more. They are especially no longer a team that is fun …

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