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  1. Dwight Howard is saying all the right things, which is not good for Orlando

    Jan 15, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Charlotte Bobcats, Game 3

    Free agency and the years prior to it will never be the same after “The Decision.”  We heard LeBron James say all the right things. “I love Cleveland.” “I love our fans.” “I would love to win a championship here.” But what was missing was James ever giving the words that would bind him to…

  2. Fans send Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett to bench in latest All-Star balloting

    Jan 13, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Detroit Pistons, Game 6

    Apparently Boston sports fans have been so focused on what Tom Brady is going to do to the Jets secondary they forgot to vote for the NBA All-Star Game starters. How else do you explain the latest release of NBA All-Star voting which drops two Celtics from the starting lineup? Chicago’s Derrick Rose has leapfrogged…

  3. ‘Melo gives New Jersey a star, does not make them winners

    Jan 12, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    It’s plainly obvious why New Jersey wants Carmelo Anthony — they need a big star to sell their new Brooklyn home (opening in 2012, didn’t you see the pictures?). You don’t sell those luxury suits when the building’s doors open, you sell them this coming summer, a year out. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov needs his…

  4. Stan Van Gundy says Hakeem not only reason Dwight Howard improved

    Jan 6, 2011, 8:18 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 2

    Whenever Hakeem Olajuwon — the big man with the most polished game of his generation — works with a young player it is news. It’s a sign that players (including Kobe Bryant) are going to the mountaintop to seek the guru. Dwight Howard did that this summer. Magic coach Stan Van Gundy wants you to…

  5. No surgery for Brandon Bass. For now.

    Jan 3, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

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    Brandon Bass has seen the doctors, and the doctors have seen him. And his films. And for now… nothing is happening, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Coach Stan Van Gundy said team physician Craig Mintzer and another doctor have reviewed the scans of Bass’ knee, and the doctors aren’t convinced that the burly power forward has a…

  6. NBA starts the year off doing what they love: fining people

    Jan 1, 2011, 6:09 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 4

    The NBA today fined Paul Pierce $15,000 for throwing his headband (UPDATE: possibly gum -insert dramatic music) into the stands during the first quarter of the Celtics’ win over the Pacers last Tuesday. Stop. Think about that for a second. Think about every time you’ve carelessly tossed an object. Now imagine that when you did…

  7. Dwight Howard and the definition of insanity

    Jan 1, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    NBA: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Clippers

    You’ve all heard Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity. “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Well, guess what? Dwight Howard is completely nuts. For whatever reason, Howard keeps toying with technical fouls, keeps drawing the ire of the officials, then complaining about it. Like that’s going to solve the problem.…

  8. Is Orlando a contender again? Maybe, maybe…

    Dec 31, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick, Dwight Howard

    Here was the conventional wisdom after the Orlando Magic made a series of trades to bring in Gilbert Arenas, Hedo Turkoglu and Jason Richardson: Why? The Magic took on a lot of extra long-term salary and locked themselves in with a roster that is, at best, marginally better than what they had. The offense had…

  9. Dwight Howard has a technical problem

    Dec 31, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 5

    Cooler heads have prevailed —the calling of “respect for the game” technical fouls has calmed down for the most part around the league. Players reined themselves in a little, the refs are giving a little more leeway in an emotional game. But none of that seems to happen when Dwight Howard is on the floor…

  10. Kobe Bryant still leads everyone in All-Star voting

    Dec 30, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    With his worldwide popularity — he sells more jerseys in China than Yao Ming — it shouldn’t be a shock that Kobe Bryant is on top of the NBA’s All-Star balloting. The second round of released vote totals has Bryant with 1,153,694, well ahead of second place overall and Eastern Conference leader Dwight Howard (988,572).…

  11. Dwight Howard mocks LeBron with fake chalk toss in Cleveland

    Dec 29, 2010, 8:10 AM EDT

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    The Orlando Magic were in Cleveland Tuesday night and Dwight Howard played to the crowd a little before the game by mocking LeBron James‘ famed pregame chalk toss (which LeBron borrowed from Garnett who got it from MJ, but that’s another story). Well, maybe not mocking, but it wasn’t a loving tribute. Before the game…

  12. Shaq fined $35,000 for ripping refs on Christmas

    Dec 27, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

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    As expected after he let it fly to the media after the Orlando game, Shaquille O’Neal has been fined $35,000 for criticizing the officials, the league has announced. Shaq played just 12 minutes in the Christmas Day game and was in constant foul trouble. Which happens to guys trying to guard Dwight Howard, but Shaq…

  13. Dwight Howard gets rare slow free throw foul, followed by technical

    Dec 25, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

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    Dwight Howard takes too long on his free throws. A blog name Center’s Little Helper (via TrueHoop) has been ripping him for it for a while — the NBA Rule Book says he can only take 10 seconds, he usually takes a few seconds longer. It’s his way of trying to compensate for his poor…

  14. NBA getting serious about India as market

    Dec 24, 2010, 12:22 PM EDT

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    There has never been an NBA player born in India — which puts it behind even Egypt. But India is the second most populous nation on the face of the earth and if David Stern is serious about globalization of the game — and he is — then India has to be targeted. And it…

  15. Charles Oakley to join Paul Silas’ staff in Charlotte

    Dec 23, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    Charles Oakley

    “My thing is, when (Charles) Barkley played basketball, he didn’t practice, he wasn’t a leader, he wasn’t this or that, he just had natural talent so he got chosen to the Dream Team, All Star team because he had the talent and he was the franchise player on the team.” “Dwight Howard is embarrassing Patrick…

  16. Meaningless rumor creates stir: Dwight Howard interested in Lakers?

    Dec 22, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

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    Dwight Howard can be a free agent in two years and that certainly was part of the motivation for Orlando swinging for the fences with trades to get Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu. The Magic are about the now. But what if it doesn’t work out? Sure, it’s two years away but ESPN’s…

  17. Report: Magic call about Knicks Ronny Turiaf as backup center

    Dec 20, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    One of the clear issues for the Magic after their weekend mega-trades (or at least mega-salary trades) was at backup center. They went from having one of the best in the league with Marcin Gortat, to having Earl Clark. Which is tough in a conference where you want to beat the Boston Celtics. The Magic…

  18. Did Orlando do enough to keep Dwight Howard in town?

    Dec 20, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    In the summer of 2012, Dwight Howard can be a free agent. (He has a player option for 2013.) Orlando General Manager Otis Smith watched what happened in Cleveland last summer with keen interest — the superstar player in a smallish market who didn’t win the title he craved and bolted town because of it.…

  19. Are the Magic contenders now?

    Dec 19, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Through the summer’s free agent frenzy, the Orlando Magic sat on the sidelines with a Zen-like calmness. They were confident the pieces were already in place to beat Boston this time around if they could just stay healthy. Same with the Heat. A quarter of the way into the season that was clearly not the…

  20. Usual suspects lead early All-Star balloting

    Dec 16, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Results from the first few weeks of All-Star balloting are in and… well, it’s exactly what you’d expect. Pretty boring stuff, really. Lots of Heat, Celtics, Lakers and Chinese voters. For the Eastern Conference, LeBron James would start at forward in the East with Kevin Garnett (Amar’e Stoudemire is third among East forwards), the guards…

  21. Dwight Howard says he has “retired for life” from dunk contest

    Dec 14, 2010, 8:59 AM EDT

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    In 2008 we were all buzzing about how Dwight Howard brought the dunk contest All-Star weekend back from the dead. The sticker dunk, the Superman dunk — he was flying high and he was creative. The next season he had a fun battle with Nate Robinson. Last season… not so much. No Dwight Howard, no…

  22. Baseline to Baseline Weekend Edition: The hits just keep on coming

    Dec 13, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    What happened while you were falling backwards into the endzone…. Friday Bulls 88 Lakers 84: I’m just saying. At some point, maybe, if the Lakers are in a one-possession game with less than 40 seconds remaining, two-for-one or no, maybe the Lakers should work for a quality shot instead of giving Kobe Bryant the ball…

  23. Forbes: LeBron James most underpaid player in the NBA

    Dec 10, 2010, 11:51 AM EDT

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    This summer, while LeBron James was going about his decision and Decision, there was an interesting question floating around: What would James be worth on an open market? The NBA, with its max salaries, limits what guys like LeBron or Kobe Bryant or Kevin Durant might make in a truly free market. Their value goes…

  24. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Why do people keep leaving Ray Allen open?

    Dec 10, 2010, 2:46 AM EDT

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    What you missed while Jim Morrison was getting pardoned for a 31 year old indecent exposure charge… Celtics102, Sixers101: Probably the most entertaining ending minute of a game this season. It started with what looked like a dagger three from Ray Allen (followed by the staredown) with 1:04 left that put the Celtics ahead. How…

  25. We’ve played 20 games, let’s give out some awards

    Dec 8, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

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    There’s a lot of people around the league that say you don’t really know much until you’re about 20 games into an NBA season, then the patterns have established themselves. Well, we’re about 20 games in now, one quarter of the season gone. Patterns are established. So… Let’s give out some first-quarter awards to players…

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