News | Magic Basketball - Part 33

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Jan 12

Wednesday’s Magic Word

Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “When the Orlando Magic traded for Gilbert Arenas, many wondered how long it would be until Arenas took the starting point guard position away from Jameer Nelson. Turns out, Nelson’s play is putting that debate to rest. Nelson is quietly putting together the best all-around season of his career, meshing …

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Jan 10

Monday’s Magic Word

Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “The good news? The Orlando Magic have now won nine consecutive games, one win away from the first double-digit winning streak in franchise history. The better news? This team can get a whole lot better. Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, always a difficult man to please, spoke highly of the …

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Jan 07

Friday’s Magic Word

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Yao versus Dwight [Howard]. Has a nice ring to it, right? But Friday night’s game between the Houston Rockets and the Orlando Magic at Amway Center will not feature a matchup of two the game’s most dominant centers. Injury-plagued Rockets center Yao Ming played just five games this season before the team …

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Jan 06

Thursday’s Magic Word

Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “Orlando Magic forward Brandon Bass doesn’t like to evaluate his career or think about how far he’s come as a player, trying to avoid satisfaction or contentment with his career. He wants to keep working, keep learning, keep improving. But even he had to grin when asked about how …

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Jan 04

Tuesday’s Magic Word

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “For now, the Orlando Magic will attempt to treat the discomfort in Brandon Bass‘ left knee without surgery. Team physician Craig Mintzer and the surgeon who operated on Bass during his college years at LSU examined the scans of Bass’ knee. According to coach Stan Van Gundy, the two doctors aren’t convinced that Bass’ pain …

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Jan 03

Monday’s Magic Word

Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “If Brandon Bass misses any action because of a possible knee injury — and it’s still possible he’ll miss no time — the Magic will possess just two true big men: Dwight Howard and Ryan Anderson. Malik Allen is still injured, and Earl Clark is more of a combo forward than a …

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Jan 03

Brandon Bass and Ryan Anderson emerging at power forward

Via Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: The [Orlando] Magic‘s power-forward position, which has leaned toward the unconventional, is currently being manned by two young players with contrasting styles who weren’t certain about their futures in Orlando. It took a trade to convince Brandon Bass and Ryan Anderson that they had a place. And maybe …

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Dec 29

Wednesday’s Magic Word

George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel: “One more piece, Otis [Smith]. One more piece that allows you to go from Major Fail to Major Coup. Snag a serviceable backup center, and the Orlando Magic are right there in the conversation of NBA championship contenders. As good as they look now, the Orlando Magic won’t get far in the …

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Dec 28

Tuesday’s Magic Word

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “[Orlando] Magic guard Gilbert Arenas told me recently that he has yet to show an explosive side that he displayed this summer in workouts. ‘This summer, when I was playing, I was attacking the basket and dunking on guys,’ Arenas said. ‘I hope to get back to that.’ Arenas said …

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Dec 27

Monday’s Magic Word

Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “Gilbert Arenas has provided a spark off the bench since joining the Orlando Magic, bringing some much-needed energy to a second unit bereft of offensive creators. But he hasn’t brought that energy in a particularly efficient manner. Arenas is assisting at a 29.4 percent rate and he’s pushing the pace …

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