News | Magic Basketball - Part 55

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Jun 15

Tuesday’s Magic Word

George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel: “There’s a good reason for the split. Turk wasn’t The One. He had a lot of nice qualities, like being able to hit long-range shots, get to the basket, and run point if need be. He also needed a long-term contract to stay. The Magic wisely decided not to …

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Jun 14

Monday’s Magic Word

John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “The [Orlando] Magic’s consensus All-NBA center spent five days in Houston last week working out with legendary Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon. The two worked for three hours a day, drilling on a variety of post moves, face-up jump shots and baby hooks off pump fakes. The idea was to …

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Jun 13

Sunday’s Magic Word

Dan Savage of OrlandoMagic.com: “While [Marcin] Gortat may be the most intimidating member of his teammates in the ring – his sheer size makes him resemble Rocky IV’s Ivan Drago whenever he swings away at a sparring partner – he’s not the only [Orlando] Magic player involved in stepping between the ropes. Rogowski routinely brings …

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Jun 08

Tuesday’s Magic Word

Dan Savage of OrlandoMagic.com: “There are a lot of players in the league that would be happy to be in Marcin Gortat’s shoes. He’s played an integral role on a team that’s reached the Eastern Conference Finals in two straight seasons. He’s won over the hearts of fans throughout Orlando and in his home country of …

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Jun 06

Sunday’s Magic Word

Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post: “In an Orlando Magic season which featured uneven or unimpressive performances from All-Stars Jameer Nelson, Rashard Lewis, and Vince Carter, J.J. Redick‘s development into one of the league’s most reliable reserves came as a welcome surprise, but it shouldn’t have. Not to play the “I told you so” card, …

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Jun 04

Friday’s Magic Word

Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post: “Again, [Stan] Van Gundy has come under fire for his offense, which I don’t understand. Surrounding Howard with three-point shooters makes sense, and Howard’s about the last guy in the league who needs “protection” from a “true” power forward. No, Lewis is the right fit at that position. …

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Jun 03

Thursday’s Magic Word

Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post: “Overall, [Dwight] Howard ranked in the 85th percentile of offensive players in 2008/09, compared to the 90th percentile this season. There is no way to argue that he got worse. None. I guess the commercials he filmed didn’t actually affect his game then, right? But plenty of people, it seems, …

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Jun 03

Dwight Howard to Work With Hakeem Olajuwon in the Off-Season

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Via Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: Some help might come from former Houston Rockets all-star Hakeem Olajuwon, who spoke with [Dwight] Howard during the Eastern Conference finals. Olajuwon has made himself available to NBA players in recent years; he even spent some time last summer working with Kobe …

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Jun 02

Wednesday’s Magic Word

George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel: “Prepped by the [Orlando] Magic PR staff not to react angrily when approached for comment before tipoff Friday, [Dwight] Howard didn’t say a disparaging word. But later in the night, after the Magic were eliminated, he asked a reporter for the whereabouts of Borges. Howard couldn’t locate him, but …

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Jun 01

Tuesday’s Magic Word

John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “[J.J.] Redick just enjoyed the best season of his four-year NBA career and proved himself in the playoffs to be a clutch, gritty competitor. He torched the Celtics for 12- and 14-point games in the [Orlando] Magic’s two wins in the East Finals, showing off his growth as a player and guts …

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