News | Magic Basketball - Part 56

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Jun 24

Thursday’s Magic Word

John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “One of the downsides of being an elite NBA team is a poor position for the NBA Draft, but Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith is still confident that the team can improve itself from near the bottom of the first round Thursday night. The Magic select 29th overall or next-to-last in the …

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Jun 23

Wednesday’s Magic Word

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “The [Orlando] Magic‘s roster indeed needs some filling out, especially at point guard. Jameer Nelson‘s backups, Jason Williams and Anthony Johnson, are aging free agents. Williams hasn’t ruled out returning even as the third point guard/mentor, but the Magic need to get younger and, ahem, taller. [Otis] Smith isn’t committed to …

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Jun 22

Tuesday’s Magic Word

Sam Amick of NBA FanHouse: “It’s no surprise the Orlando Magic are looking to upgrade their roster. Center Dwight Howard is the type of dynamic, unique talent that sparks championship visions, yet the group that won the Eastern Conference championship in 2009 watched the NBA Finals from home this time around after being beaten by Boston in six games …

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Jun 21

Monday’s Magic Word

Mark Schlueb of the Orlando Sentinel: “Though some commissioners predicted it would discourage people from visiting downtown Orlando, a split City Council voted today to double to $20 the parking rate for Orlando Magic games, concerts and other events at the two garages closest to the new publicly funded Amway Center. It’s the second time in less than …

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Jun 18

Friday’s Magic Word

George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel: “Quick disclaimer: I love Orlando’s style of play. It’s an energetic, fast-paced, shoot ‘em up style that has made them one of the elite teams in the NBA. But they are not the best of the best. The Los Angeles and the Boston Celtics are better because they are more …

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Jun 17

Thursday’s Magic Word

George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel: “Here’s another guy to scratch off the Orlando Magic wish list: Dwyane Wade. He’s staying in Miami. It’s always hard to read the tea leaves when dealing with pampered egos who want more and more and more, but D-Wade seems genuinely engaged in South Florida. Here’s what Miami Heat teammate Udonis Haslem said …

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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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