News | Magic Basketball - Part 17

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Mar 19

Monday’s Magic Word

One of the keys to beating the Miami Heat, if the Orlando Magic play their conference, division, and in-state rival in the postseason, is slowing down Dwyane Wade. Another aspect of a potential Magic-Heat playoff series is figuring out if Hedo Turkoglu, typically defended and shut down by LeBron James, can be relied upon by …

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Mar 16

Friday’s Magic Word

Head coach Stan Van Gundy on when he heard the news about Dwight Howard: “It was probably a little bit before the press conference. So I don’t know. Maybe noontime [or] a little bit after. I don’t really remember. I was doing my New Jersey film. I don’t really remember exactly. It was a big …

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Mar 15

Dwight’s Magic Word

Dwight Howard, waiving the early termination option in his contract (which means he’ll remain with the Orlando Magic for one more season), and the Magic have some marriage counseling to do. The onus now is on Orlando to improve the roster, in the hopes of convincing Dwight to stay for the long haul. Loyalty is …

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Mar 12

Monday’s Magic Word

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “After eight seasons of being tied to one franchise, you can understand why Howard relishes the prospect of becoming a free agent. He loves the spotlight and loves being courted, as everyone saw when the Magic beat the New Jersey Nets in Newark, N.J., on Feb. 22. Howard and …

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Mar 09

Friday’s Magic Word

The Orlando Magic have a habit of amassing double-digit leads against opposing teams, then squander them and lose the game. It happened against the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday. It happened against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday. The difference is that the Magic held on to beat the Bulls. General manager Otis Smith used to make …

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Mar 08

Thursday’s Magic Word

The Orlando Magic will have to do a lot of things to put themselves in a position to beat the Chicago Bulls in tonight’s game — like stopping or slowing down the Bulls’ transition game. Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “Stan would be the first guy to tell you that there are far more …

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Mar 07

Wednesday’s Magic Word

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Magic CEO Alex Martins and GM Otis Smith say the team has not made a decision about what it will do with Howard as the NBA trade deadline approaches on March 15. Smith said that a decision might not be made until shortly before the deadline. It’s clear that …

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Mar 06

Tuesday’s Magic Word

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel ran into head coach Stan Van Gundy at the airport in Toronto. Van Gundy was waiting to board a plane heading to Charlotte. Why didn’t he travel with the Orlando Magic? According to Van Gundy, he stayed at Mount Sinai Hospital overnight because he was having chest pains. Van …

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Mar 05

Monday’s Magic Word

A list of NBA teams that might rent Dwight Howard. J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas of The Basketball Jones were in Orlando for All-Star Weekend. What did they do while they were in the City Beautiful? Compete in various NBA Jam Session activities, of course. A must-watch video. Is it possible the Magic might keep …

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Feb 21

Tuesday’s Magic Word

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “Mar. 15: It’s the NBA trade deadline, and it either could be the worse day for Magic fans since Shaq left in 1996 or the best, depending if Howard reverses field as the saga plays out this summer. Or Magic fans might be welcoming a new player or two. …

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