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To the locals that reside in the City Beautiful or even in the blogosphere, Dante and Galante are names that carry significance.
They are the infamous broadcast duo that have been the voices of the Orlando Pro Summer League the past two years, calling games, making jokes, and reading e-mails on live internet streams. Their wit and humor, as well as their humble and down-to-earth nature, gained them a cult following and eventually led to the creation of “Magic Overtime with Dante & Galante” — a show that offers a unique look at coaches, players, and personalities, and is aired on OrlandoMagic.com and Sun Sports. The fellas wrapped up their second season a little over a week ago.
And their official titles? Dante Marchitelli is the Radio Manager for the Orlando Magic, George Galante is the Director of Communications, and both of them have been with the franchise for over 10 years. It’s safe to say they’ve been through a lot with the Magic, both the ups and the downs.
Whenever I’ve covered games, practices, or press conferences in Orlando, I’ve chatted with Dante and George plenty of times and they’re two of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. As such, given their openness and willingness to talk, it wasn’t too hard to arrange this interview.
Each of them provide their take on the series between the Magic and the Boston Celtics, as well as make sense of the mainstream media’s treatment of Dwight Howard, and more.
What do you think the Orlando Magic need to do to get over the hump and win a championship?
George Galante: I really think we’re right there, and the more I watch the Lakers/Celtics series, the more angry I get because I really feel like this was a year that was a wasted opportunity. Dante and I have been here for a long time, where the window was not only shut but it was sealed and dead-bolted and there was no way that you were going to get in. Now that the window has been open for us the last two or three years, to see how brief that time can be, you really need to take advantage of your opportunities. The more I watch the Lakers/Celtics series, the more angry I get that I really feel like we were the better team and we let an opportunity slip away. That’s not to take anything away from Boston. However, I think we just let an opportunity go by that we’re going to look back on in a couple years and be really ticked off about.
Dante Marchitelli: I don’t disagree with Otis [Smith], either. I don’t think you blow up the team. You’re right there. You went to the Finals two years ago, you went to the Eastern Conference Finals this year … if you win one of your first two games, you win the series. You lose a Game 6 and come home to win a Game 7, so you’re right there. Whatever the reason was that you couldn’t win one of those two games, you got to make a couple of tweaks this year and you hope that you’ve done enough to do that next year.
Via Fox Sports Florida:
All-new TV show, “Southern Ford Dealers Orlando Magic Postseason Special,” premieres statewide on Sun Sports Saturday, 6/19 – the Orlando Magic postseason special includes player and media interviews and gives viewers an unparalleled glimpse into the team’s 2009-2010 season.
- Paul Kennedy recaps the Orlando Magic’s playoff run into the Eastern Conference Finals.
- Sun Sports & FOX Sports Florida’s Magic announcers, David Steele and Matt Guokas, take a look at all the positives from the team’s second consecutive 59-win season.
- The show includes a feature on Center Dwight Howard’s remarkable season in which he was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and led the league in blocks and rebounds.
- Whit Watson goes 1-on-1 with Magic GM Otis Smith to get his thoughts on this past season, and what is in store for the team’s future.
- Viewers will get a sneak peek at the progress of the new Amway Center, which will open its doors for the first time starting with the 2010-2011 season.
- The show will also feature a countdown of the Top 5 Magic Moments from the 2009-2010 season
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Here’s another installment of the Magic Basketball Mailbag.
What I would like to see this offseason (one can dream) is a push for a sign and trade for LeBron or Wade. Either one matched with Howard would be a dynasty for years to come, comparable to or maybe even greater than Shaq/Kobe era. A starting 5 of Jameer, LeBron/Wade, Barnes, Bass, Howard would be lethal. Maybe we can include Rashard and VC in the deal. Is this total fantasy or is this something that can be accomplished? With the crushing finishes the last 2 seasons and the new mega arena opening, I would think this is something ownership would want to shoot for.
A sign-and-trade for LeBron James or Dwyane Wade would be practically impossible. It’s nice to think about the possibilities, but it’s fruitless to think they’re possible realities.
However, that doesn’t mean something can’t be done with players like Carlos Boozer, Chris Bosh, or Amar’e Stoudemire. Granted, the odds that either Boozer, Bosh, or Stoudemire come to the Orlando Magic are extremely low. Let’s make that clear. There’s almost no way that the Magic could trade for someone in that triumvirate, but they do have the pieces to accommodate a move theoretically. General manager Otis Smith always talks about assets and he has plenty of them to make a splash — Ryan Anderson, Brandon Bass, Marcin Gortat, Mickael Pietrus, trade exception of roughly $6.9 million, and draft picks. It’d be tough to move Vince Carter, but he is essentially an expiring contract that can be used to match salaries if necessary. Would those pieces be enough to trade for a big-time player? Maybe.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if Smith explored the possibility of acquiring a power forward that is a stud and workhorse, given that the last two teams to beat Orlando in the playoffs had monster frontcourts and will remain threats to them for the immediate future. Again, no one should expect anything to happen but Smith likes to play things close to the vest, so don’t put it past him to try to make something happen behind the scenes.
Feed The Children will bring eight semi tractor-trailers full of food and personal care items to help 3,200 Orlando-area families on Wednesday, June 16. Orlando Magic Community Ambassadors, former NBA players Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw will attend the distribution to help hand out boxes to families.
The distribution is the latest stop on Feed The Children’s Americans Feeding Americans Caravan, which has helped more than 100,000 families across the country in cities that have been affected by the nation’s economic downturn. . An additional 100,000 across the nation are targeted to receive assistance by the end of this year.
Nearly one in four Orlando children is considered impoverished, and 41,410 children are below the poverty line in Orange County—enough to fill the Amway Arena nearly 2.5 times. Orlando is ranked fifth in the nation for cities with highest food hardship percentages. The state of Florida is not far behind with a ranking of 12th in the nation for states with the highest food hardship percentages.
Feed The Children partner agency, The Salvation Army of Orlando, pre-identified the 3,200 recipient families. Each family will receive a 25-pound box of food, a 10-pound box of personal care items and a box of Avon products. The boxes are designed to help a family of four for up to one week.
Via the Orlando Magic:
In anticipation of the opening of the team’s new home, the Amway Center, the Orlando Magic have updated its primary logo. This new look ‘turns the page’ on the next chapter in Orlando sports history. As the team and the Magic brand continue to grow, the logo evolves with a stronger, cleaner, more timeless design to match the team’s championship ideals.
The new logo incorporates the Magic’s current jersey wordmark giving a more integrated look. It also continues the team’s colors with the Magic blue, Magic black and Magic silver. The updated look includes the team’s current secondary logo with the iconic star ball for a smooth transition from old to new, building on the heritage and history of the Magic from its birth in 1989.
“The Orlando Magic is an organization whose mission is for excellence both on and off the court. The jersey worn by our team and represented so well by each of our players is a direct reflection of that excellence, which made for a seamless transition from jersey to logo,” said Magic Chief Operating Officer Alex Martins. “This new logo signifies the beginning of a new era of excellence for the Orlando Magic and our fans. We are excited about where our team is and the direction we are headed as we build on the legend already created and look forward to what the future holds.”
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Welcome to the inaugural installment of Magic Basketball Mailbag.
Will the Magic get rid of Vince? Can the Magic get rid of Vince?
‘Will’ and ‘can’ are two different words.
According to Hoopdata.com, Vince Carter is on the hook to be paid approximately $17.5 million next year, with a guaranteed salary of $4 million in 2011-2012 out of a contract that is $18.3 million. Carter is, more or less, an expiring contact but which team in the NBA would want him? Expiring contracts are always valuable commodities in the league but it’s highly unlikely that general manager Otis Smith can trade Carter unless he’s willing to part with players of value, like Marcin Gortat for example. That’s a price Smith will have to pay to accommodate a move. If Smith is able to package Carter in a deal and find a trade partner, then yes, he will be traded but the odds of that happening are low.