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Mar 17

Wisdom for the Magic from the Middle Ages

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images I’ve been reading Dante (Alighieri, not Marchitelli) in my spare time. As you might know, his Divine Comedy is divided into three parts: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. Dante writes about himself and his passage through each. Before I lose you, here’s what I’ve found: that old book from …

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Mar 13

A Magic dynasty and what could have been

Photo by Fernando Medina/Getty Images By the end of the 1995-96 season, it was clear the Orlando Magic had one of the youngest, most promising cores in the league — of the five guys who logged over 30 minutes per game that season, the average age of them was 26. Their past two seasons included …

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Mar 05

Dwight Howard’s impact still being felt in Orlando

Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images Tonight, Dwight Howard returns to the house he built, Amway Center, for a second time as an opposing player. In his first go-around as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, Howard put up a dominant 39-point, 16-rebound, three-block performance against the Orlando Magic while being showered by boos all …

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Feb 28

HoopIdea: Putting the 4-pointer into practice

Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images The odd prospect of a 4-point shot in the NBA has many writers envisioning the scenario and wondering how teams would be affected. The whole story is gaining more traction than it ought: it’s tough to watch this video and say the NBA president of basketball operations (Rod …

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Feb 21

Big Baby’s unceremonious departure

Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images The tie that binds has been severed in Orlando, as the Magic agreed to a buyout with the much-maligned power forward Glen Davis after the trade deadline had passed. Big Baby was under contract for $6.4 million this season and was set to earn $6.6 million next season. …

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Feb 07

The battle for .500

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images The Magic have a chance to be winners this year. Just not in the usual sense. Playoffs? Not likely. Championship? Only if the starters from all other teams opt for swift, unexplainable early retirements. Or if they split and start their own exclusive pro league without inviting …

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Feb 05

The dunk contest needs Victor Oladipo

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images All-Star Weekend is just around the corner, and Magic fans could probably use a little bit of a break from the all too frequent lows of the season. Unfortunately for Orlando, the All-Star festivities aren’t exactly brimming with Magic players so far. With guard Arron Afflalo snubbed from …

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Jan 27

In praise of Arron Afflalo

Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images Before the season, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Arron Afflalo’s long-term impact on the Magic would be through the assets he’d net in a trade. He was one of the players constantly brought up in the “perfect role player for a good team” conversation. He …

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Jan 24

What makes fans loyal?

Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images It’s been five years since the Magic went to the NBA finals. That year, there was a marked energy around the city; the excitement and camaraderie between fans then is something many won’t forget. Five years doesn’t feel like a long time, but you only have to think back to …

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Jan 23

Orlando learning to deal with growing pains

AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack The tank is good for you. That’s what everyone wants to believe. When the games on the court become something of a lost cause, focus shifts to games of probability. The actual losses — those that show up in the box score and go down in the record books — are …

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