News | Magic Basketball - Part 51

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Jul 30

Ryan Anderson Doin’ Work in the Off-Season

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Via Dan Savage of OrlandoMagic.com: This offseason has been all about blood, sweat and tears for Ryan Anderson. Literally. The [Orlando] Magic forward, who’s about to enter into his third NBA season, recently emerged from the RDV Sportsplex training room with blood dripping down his brow. He’d been intensely …

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Jul 29

Thursday’s Magic Word

Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post: It’s hard to draw any conclusions about how they’ll play together from such a small sample size. My impression, based on their overall performance last season, is that [Brandon] Bass‘ best skill is scoring. 5.8 points in only 13.0 minutes per game last year, on a career-best 51.1% …

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Jul 29

Rashard Lewis is Expected to See More Minutes at Small Forward

Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images Via George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel: I had a nice conversation with Magic Bob Vander Weide — now the chief executive officer and vice chairman of the franchise — following Wednesday’s press conference. Glib and insightful as always, Vander Weide addressed the team’s style of play last season. Not …

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Jul 28

Wednesday’s Magic Word

George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel: “There will be some reactionary backlash to the expensive pile of contract extensions and promotions that keep the Orlando Magic leadership team in play for a few more seasons. The ghost of Fran Vázquez will rise up from Spain. John Weisbrod will show up wearing a hockey mask. Little Penny will …

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Jul 27

Tuesday’s Magic Word

Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post: “The Orlando Magic have drawn attention for their three-point-oriented offense under head coach Stan Van Gundy since he took over in 2007, and for good reason. The Magic love the three-ball and have made it a staple of their offense, setting an NBA record for three-pointers made in a …

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Jul 27

Otis Smith and Stan Van Gundy Receive Contract Extensions

Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images Via Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: The Orlando Magic will put their title hopes into the hands of coach Stan Van Gundy and General Manager Otis Smith for a while longer. The Sentinel has learned that the Magic will announce Wednesday that Van Gundy and Smith have had their …

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Jul 27

The Never-Ending Tale with Chris Paul

Via Ken Berger of CBSSports.com: According to multiple people within the NBA who are familiar with the Hornets’ predicament, Paul’s new cadre of power brokers at Creative Artists Agency, led by Rose, are continuing to push Paul’s exit strategy from New Orleans — something members of the organization are well aware of and expected. The …

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Jul 26

Monday’s Magic Word

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “The [Orlando] Magic still will be looking for a point guard — just not Paul. Smith said the team will sign a third guard soon to back up starter Jameer Nelson and Chris Duhon. “We’re still throwing some names around,” he said. The Magic currently have 12 players under contract. [Otis] …

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Jul 26

Penny Hardaway Seeks Closure With the Orlando Magic

Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images Via Shannon J. Owens of the Orlando Sentinel: In Hardaway’s eyes, his reputation in Orlando never fully recovered from the dark cloud of Hill’s firing. He was accused of leading the team’s mutiny against Hill. “He was the captain at the time. But there was 16 guys in …

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Jul 25

Sunday’s Magic Word

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “Like everyone else, coach Stan Van Gundy has heard and read the scuttlebutt that connects the dots between the Orlando Magic and New Orleans Hornets all-star point guard Chris Paul. “Much ado about nothing,” Van Gundy said, turning to Shakespeare or maybe Seinfeld. All you need to know is this: Van Gundy doesn’t …

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