News | Magic Basketball - Part 38

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Nov 18

Thursday’s Magic Word

Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel: “And with all due respect to Dwight Howard, who entered last night’s game against the Phoenix Suns shooting a miserable 53 percent from the free throw line, I’m going to have to go with Rick Barry on this one. You see, Barry is one of the greatest free throw …

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Nov 18

A Tough Road Ahead for Jameer Nelson

Via John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: Scrolling down the Orlando Magic’s upcoming schedule recently, a revelation hit point guard Jameer Nelson like a ton of bricks. With games dead ahead against Steve Nash, Darren Collison, Tony Parker, John Wall and Derrick Rose, Nelson realized there’s an all-star point guard awaiting him at almost every turn. “Every …

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Nov 17

Wednesday’s Magic Word

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “Word is that teams have inquired about point guard Chauncey Billups, and nobody on the planet can be surprised. If, or when, Carmelo Anthony goes in a trade, why keep Billups around? The Nuggets will be in official rebuilding mode once Melo walks. The [Orlando] Magic have pieces to …

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Nov 16

Tuesday’s Magic Word

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “To paraphrase Brent Musburger, you are looking live at Richie Adubato‘s closet. It’s the biggest one in the roomy house in Heathrow, and it contains more bright, wild colors than a kid’s crayon box. You could probably see the purple smoking jacket and pink tie collection from outer space …

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Nov 12

Friday’s Magic Word

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Looking to give his players some stability night-in and night-out, Stan Van Gundy has settled on one starting lineup for the foreseeable future. Van Gundy said following his team’s shootaround today that he’ll start Jameer Nelson at point guard, Vince Carter at shooting guard, Quentin Richardson at small forward, Rashard …

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Nov 12

Stan Van Gundy Settles on a Rotation for Now

Via Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: It wouldn’t be a surprise if Stan Van Gundy alters his rotation somewhat when the Orlando Magic play the Toronto Raptors tonight at Amway Center. On Wednesday, before the Magic faced the Utah Jazz, Van Gundy said he had decided that his fifth starter would be either Ryan Anderson or Quentin Richardson. At the time, …

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Nov 11

Thursday’s Magic Word

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Stan Van Gundy sent a message to Brandon Bass before the Orlando Magic started training camp. The coach told Bass that his playing time would be determined by how well he rebounds and plays defense. Message received, loud and clear. Perhaps no Magic player has improved from last season …

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Nov 09

Tuesday’s Magic Word

Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “No Orlando Magic player has come under more scrutiny this year than Rashard Lewis. While bouncing between small forward and power forward, Lewis is shooting just 29 percent from three-point range and averaging 10.7 points, and he’s only surpassed 13 points in a game once this year. And because of …

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Nov 05

Friday’s Magic Word

Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “Rashard Lewis is a team-first guy, always quick to mention his teammates before himself when asked about his individual achievements or desires. But throughout the preseason and the early part of the season, one thing’s evident: Lewis loves playing small forward. He played the four during the first three years …

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Nov 05

Revisiting the Issue of Playing Time

Via Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: Coach Stan Van Gundy and General Manager Otis Smith met Thursday before the Magic’s practice. [...] Their meeting came in the wake of small forward Mickael Pietrus‘ shouting match with Van Gundy near the bench on Wednesday night. Frustrated with his dwindling role, Pietrus was pulled out of …

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