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Oct 09

The tragedy of Hedo Turkoglu

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images Back in 2009, I had a more-than-casual interest in LeBron’s Cavaliers. My buddy and I watched almost every game of the playoffs that year in a small bar here in Chattanooga, and we both felt that we were watching something special. The Cavs had annihilated Detroit and Atlanta, …

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Apr 18

The road ahead for the Magic

AP Photo/John Raoux The 30-year-old whippersnapper general manager of the Orlando Magic, Rob Hennigan, was brought in to lead the Orlando Magic brain trust in their attempt to remake the roster through draft picks, not with the usual flashy free agent signings. It’s a track similar to the one navigated by his mentors — Sam …

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Apr 10

Let Hedo Turkoglu go

Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Getty Images He’s old and slow, but that’s not the only reason Hedo Turkoglu should go. The Orlando Magic are a franchise on the mend after the “put Dwight Howard in the middle and spread the floor with 3-point shooting” experiment ended in recriminations, and finally with Howard getting dealt …

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Jul 06

2010-2011 Player Evaluation: Dwight Howard

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images 2010-2011 regular season Dwight Howard Games Played 78 Minutes Played 37.6 adj. +/- +14.09 net +/- +9.8 statistical +/- +7.24 PER 26.0 WARP 20.5 Win Shares/48 .236

May 16

More on the failures of the Orlando Magic

Via Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post: It’s unfair to pin responsibility for the team’s offensive shortcomings on any one player, but I do think [Jason] Richardson has to go under the microscope a bit here. He averaged 19.3 points in just 31.8 minutes per game with the Phoenix Suns prior to the deals, shooting …

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May 04

Wednesday’s Magic Word

Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “Earl Clark is thankful the Phoenix Suns agreed to trade him to the Orlando Magic as part of the six-player, blockbuster deal in mid-December. The move to Orlando might have saved his NBA career. Earlier this year, when the Suns declined to pick up Clark’s $2 million option to …

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May 04

The rise and fall of the Orlando Magic

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Via Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: As the franchise attempts to sort out exactly what went wrong, where 2010-11 turned for the worse, they can point to a mystifying playoff shooting slump or to some superb clutch shots by the Atlanta Hawks’ Jamal Crawford and Joe Johnson or …

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Apr 22

Dwight Howard lacking hype and a rival

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images If there is one thing we know about Stan Van Gundy, it’s that he’s a pretty quiet guy, reticent to speak his mind to the media, and wholly above speaking publicly in any way that might ruffle fans’ or players’ feathers. That’s why we can be certain that …

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Mar 22

Tuesday’s Magic Word

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Stan Van Gundy and his players knew next to nothing about Baruch College, the school in Manhattan where their team practiced Tuesday afternoon. But Baruch College students knew all about the Orlando Magic. Word that the Magic were inside the school’s main gym swept across the compact campus of …

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Mar 22

Linking the NCAA Tournament and the NBA together, Part II

Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images Part I of this mini-series looked at the draft position of players who have recently appeared in the NCAA National Finals. Today, we will look at the teams who pursued these players, and how these players performed in the NBA. Tomorrow, Part III will explore two different one-and-done scenarios, and the …

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