News | Magic Basketball - Part 41

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Oct 08

Dwight Howard’s Jumpshot is a Work in Progress

Via Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard has created some buzz with the pair of jumpers he made against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday. He kept the buzz going by working on his mid-range jumpers for 45 minutes after practice on Thursday — with the media watching. “I just made …

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Oct 07

Thursday’s Magic Word

Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “It was a pretty basic off-day practice for the Orlando Magic on Thursday. They worked on defending cuts – which was a problem in the first half against Houston – and containing pick-and-rolls for much of the practice. There was a lot of full-court work. And offensively, they worked …

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Oct 07

A Quick Take on Marcin Gortat’s Role With the Orlando Magic

Via Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: At the EuroBasket qualifying tournament in August, few big men were more dominant than Poland’s Marcin Gortat. He led the tournament in field-goal percentage. He played almost every minute. He had 29 points against Belgium. 23 against Bulgaria. When playing for Poland, Gortat is the man. His teammates …

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Oct 06

Wednesday’s Magic Word

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Melissa Muñoz will never forget the time the world’s best center visited this tiny city of 7,322 people near the Mexico border. Wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with Dwight Howard‘s face, the 16-year-old high-school student leaned over the boards behind the Orlando Magic bench during pregame warmups. [...] Howard walked over, and …

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Oct 05

Tuesday’s Magic Word

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Former [Orlando] Magic shooting guard Courtney Lee feels right at home with the Houston Rockets. Going from a team that went 12-70 last season to a playoff contender would make anybody feel happy. That’s the case with Lee, who was sent from the New Jersey Nets to the Rockets in August …

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Oct 05

Magic Basketball Featured in Pro Basketball Prospectus 2010-11

Fernando Medina/NBA/Orlandomagic.com Last shameless plug of the day. For a second year in a row, I was tabbed by Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus to provide brief analysis on the Orlando Magic (alongside Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post) for the latest edition of Pro Basketball Prospectus series. Here’s what I wrote: In the …

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Oct 04

Monday’s Magic Word

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Have the Orlando Magic improved? Did Dwight Howard diversify his offensive game over the summer? Will free-agent signees Quentin Richardson and Chris Duhon make a positive impact? We’ll begin to find out at 8:30 Tuesday night. The Magic will open their preseason schedule against the Houston Rockets in Hidalgo, Texas, a city just a few outlet …

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Oct 04

Watch Out for Mickael Pietrus This Season

Via John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: When Mickael Pietrus got word this summer that Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy was flying to Paris to chat with him, the good-natured, but sometimes quirky Magic swingman got somewhat worried. After all, it was Pietrus who vowed that he would be “sleeping with one eye open,” this summer …

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Oct 01

The Wait is Over; the Amway Center is Open for Business

Photo by Fernando Medina Via the Orlando Magic: For years, the city of Orlando has generally been branded as the place where Mickey Mouse roams, Shamu performs and kids play. Although that certainly has not changed, there is a new item on the docket for everyone to enjoy and admire. Amway Center, which officially opened …

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Oct 01

Friday’s Magic Word

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “While the celebration of the new place was going on up the street, the old place was eerily quiet. It was sunny and green and clean outside, but dark and desolate and dusty inside. And nearly abandoned. Except for a skeletal crew of workers, there was no sign of …

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