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  1. Report: Details of proposed amnesty clause leaked

    Oct 20, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    I have no doubt we will see an amnesty clause in the new NBA labor deal being hammered out. There was one in the last deal, there will be one now. The amnesty clause allows teams to take one onerous contract off their books. It’s a way for teams to lower their salary to whatever…

  2. Jameer Nelson isn’t freaking out about Howard leaving Magic

    Oct 20, 2011, 10:13 AM EDT

    Image (1) Jnelson_Dhoward-thumb-250x166-21366.jpg for post 4408

    Orlando is freaking out. Dwight Howard sounded like a guy with one foot out the door in Esquire Magazine, and Orlando sees history repeating itself. But Jameer Nelson isn’t worried. The point guard and second best Magic player (sorry Hedo, it’s true) told the Orlando Sentinel that Magic fans need to chill, that it wasn’t…

  3. Dwight Howard: “I don’t know what else I can do” in Orlando

    Oct 17, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Once the lockout clock mercifully stops, the “what will Dwight Howard do?” clock will start. (Chris Paul will have one, too, but that’s not our focus today.) Every time Howard speaks directly about Orlando, he says loving and glowing things. But ask him about his legacy and free agency — as Esquire Magazine did —…

  4. President Obama “a little heartbroken” over NBA lockout

    Oct 12, 2011, 8:32 AM EDT

    President Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama has problems, ones that dwarf yours and mine. In the best of times the president has life-or-death issues to deal with daily, and these are not the best of times. Like you and me, he needs an occasional escape rom those problems. Like you and me, the NBA and basketball can provide…

  5. Video: Dwight Howard on Extreme Home Makeover

    Oct 11, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Extreme Home Makeover has got some NBA touches this season — reportedly Kobe Bryant will make an appearance later this season. But first up on the weekly feel-good show, Dwight Howard. He talks with a basketball-loving young girl who lost a leg saving her sister’s life. It’s about as good a cause as you’re going…

  6. Brandon Bass raps about the lockout, “billion dollar dreams”

    Oct 11, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

    Brandon Bass

    Protest music has a long, powerful heritage here in the United States. But it’s a little harder to buy from millionaire NBA players. I’m on their side and I still find the players’ posture in this annoying at best (stop with the “let us play” line, for example, because if you really did just want…

  7. Some very good games lost to lockout. Thanks a lot, guys.

    Oct 11, 2011, 9:23 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    With the cancellation of the first two weeks of the season, 100 NBA games went down the drain. Hang an asterisk on this season — these are games commissioner David Stern said are gone. He said there is no chance of making them up. But what games are we now going to miss? How about…

  8. Just when the players need them most, overseas offers are more difficult than ever

    Oct 8, 2011, 9:23 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Willia

    The big trend for players to go overseas was thought of, if not as a great equalizer in the lockout leverage game, then at least as a decent option of last resort. The players need to be able to show the owners they don’t need the only game in town. That’s pretty difficult on its…

  9. What the Magic should do when the lockout ends

    Oct 6, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    PBT is working its way through what every team in the NBA should do when the NBA lockout ends. See all the teams we’ve done so far here. Today, we talk Orlando Magic. Last season in Orlando: They had a solid regular season — 52 wins, which was fourth best in the Eastern Conference. But…

  10. Friday Night Video: Don’t forget how good Penny Hardaway was

    Sep 30, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Anfernee Hardaway #1

    Say “Penny” Hardaway and too many people now think of ‘lil Penny, the wise cracking puppet Penny. Nike marketing sticks with you like that. But lest we forget that Anfernee Hardaway could ball, we bring you his top 10 plays from the 1994-96 season. This is just a series of highlights that don’t show off…

  11. All-Star Game in Orlando may have December deadline

    Sep 24, 2011, 8:23 PM EDT

    Amway-Center

    Already, the deadline has passed for the first week of the preseason — the NBA has cancelled it. Without a handshake agreement in the next week, the rest of the preseason is at risk as well. Not long after that comes the start of the regular season. But what about the All-Star Game? In 1999,…

  12. Rashard Lewis says you can expect a whole new him next year

    Sep 18, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    Rashard Lewis Wizards

    Rashard Lewis has become the  standard punchline for any joke about bad long-term contracts. He was paid back when he was an elite scorer in Seattle (you know, back when Seattle had a team), then was converted in the Magic system to be their perimeter trigger. He stopped working in the post or on the…

  13. Thunder, Magic players plan own mini-camp workouts

    Sep 15, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    kevin-durant-game-2

    Not everybody is going to Las Vegas to workout and play in a few games. While the “lockout league” is drawing the headlines it’s not drawing all the stars or even all the big teams. There are teams running their own minicamps, including the Thunder and Magic. The Thunder’s are doing their own mini-camp this…

  14. Rashard Lewis: Don’t blame me for signing a huge contract

    Sep 13, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    Rashard Lewis Wizards

    Massive guaranteed contracts are one of the real touch points of this lockout. Fans and owners can say it’s not fair their team has to pay Eddy Curry or Gilbert Arenas when they are not pulling their weight (or even playing at all). Rashard Lewis has one of those contracts. The Sonics signed him to…

  15. Video: Dwight Howard dancing with Mongolian children

    Sep 7, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT

    NBA basketball player Howard of Orlando Magic gestures to fans at a promotional event during his China tour in Wuhan

    Welcome to the latest in the series of “videos we are running because of the lockout”… Dwight Howard is working is way through Asia as part of a tour to sell a lot of shoes promote the NBA and the game of basketball. And, Howard is a clown at heart. So, put him in a…

  16. Gilbert Arenas, comedian Joe Mande in Twitter fight

    Aug 29, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Earlier today, comedian Joe Mande made a Tumblr post (which was also posted on The Basketball Jones) that pogether a compilation of all of the pictures Magic guard Gilbert Arenas has used as his Twitter profile picture, (warning: the pictures contain adult sentiments and content and are likely NSFW) and called Arenas a “lunatic.” Arenas…

  17. Orlando mayor counting on new CBA to help team keep Howard

    Aug 22, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    The mayor of Orlando is working hard to keep Dwight Howard in Orlando (remember he can and likely will opt out of his current deal next summer), taking part in online efforts to woo Howard. And he thinks he’s got some real help coming in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Here is what mayor Buddy…

  18. Orlando, Dwight Howard wants you to know he loves you

    Aug 11, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    We passed along the tweets from Dwight Howard last week that he was frustrated with Orlando fans, that he wants them to be louder during the regular season. It wasn’t a fair criticism. Orlando just build a brand new stadium for the Magic and the fans have sold out 100 plus games. Knocking them came…

  19. Video: Dwight Howard playing point, coast-to-coast dunk

    Aug 11, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard wants more freedom for his game, like maybe playing a little point guard. That’s what he was doing at a pro-am game recently, and we bring you video of Howard taking the inbound pass and going coast-to-coast for the dunk. Stan Van Gundy will let Howard play some point as soon as he…

  20. Patrick Ewing: “I still consider myself a Knick”

    Aug 11, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Patrick Ewing — currently a Magic assistant coach — wants a head coaching job. He’s had a few interviews (most recently with the Pistons) but has yet to win the gig. But is dream job? That is with the New York Knicks, he said on the Mike Lupica show on ESPN New York. “I hope…

  21. Marcin Gortat to skip EuroBasket due to lack of insurance

    Aug 11, 2011, 8:31 AM EDT

    Marcin Gortat, VInce Carter

    Marcin Gortat has three years, $21.7 million left on his current NBA deal. While in NBA terms that seems a pretty good deal for the Suns, it’s also enough money to set Gortat and his family up for life. Gortat and the Polish basketball federation have not been able to find affordable insurance for that…

  22. Report: Earl Clark signs to play in China next season

    Aug 9, 2011, 8:41 PM EDT

    Earl Clark

    Earl Clark, the fan-favorite backup center that bounced from Phoenix to Orlando last season, is bouncing all the way to China for next season. And not in the Dwyane Wade “I’m open to it” way — Clark is going. Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld tweeted the news. Earl Clark has signed a one-year deal with a…

  23. Howard would like Orlando fans to cheer like it’s 2009

    Aug 8, 2011, 3:56 PM EDT

    NBA: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Clippers

    Come on Orlando Magic ticket holders — when they start pumping in the “every-body-clap-your-hands” noise at the Amway Center, Dwight Howard wants you feel it. Really feel it. On twitter yesterday a Magic fan made a complaint to Howard that fans in 29 other arenas make — the fans close to floor are just there…

  24. Stan Van Gundy has handles (and we don’t mean love)

    Aug 3, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 2

    Since the Magic’s season ended at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks, we’ve said Orlando has to find another guy who can handle the rock and create some open looks for teammates. Jameer Nelson can do that, and after that… Gilbert Arenas? See what we mean. Looks like we may have found the guy —…

  25. Olajuwon says Dwight Howard needs more freedom

    Aug 2, 2011, 5:16 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Free Dwight Howard! That is essentially what Hakeem Olajuwon seems to be saying. Last week, Dwight Howard was working out with the legendary big man, trying to “just shoot” and expand his offensive game. When asked this week what Olajuwon said, it was less about the broad skill set Howard has developed — he has…

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