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  1. David Stern wins war of words with Stan Van Gundy

    Mar 11, 2011, 11:13 PM EST

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    First Stan Van Gundy said he wasn’t allowed to have an opinion on Dwight Howard’s technical because David Stern is essentially a Middle Eastern dictator in terms of allowing a diversity of opinion. Stern shot back that he wasn’t going to talk to Van Gundy but would speak to Orlando Magic management about Van Gundy’s…

  2. Shaq teaming up on “no holds barred” book

    Mar 11, 2011, 3:39 PM EST

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    Think there might be a Kobe chapter? According to WEEI in Boston, Shaquille O’Neal is working on a new book with one of the nation’s best sportswriters, Jackie MacMullan (via Kevin Ding at the Orange County Register). “She knew things that I’d forgotten about. We were sitting at the house talking — we meet twice…

  3. PBT Friday morning one liners

    Mar 11, 2011, 10:50 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Fantastic blog post at Magic Basketball about measuring teams against expectation and narrative. Dwyane Wade surprised the Lakers and Kobe Bryant by going away from screen at a key point last night. Except he does that a lot. Stephen Jackson says he’ll play Friday. OF course, he said that a couple days ago and it…

  4. David Stern sends not so subtle message to Stan Van Gundy

    Mar 10, 2011, 2:03 PM EST

    David Stern Press Conference

    Stan Van Gundy called NBA Commissioner David Stern a dictator. In so many words. He said Stern does not allow a diversity of opinions or people to express their thoughts. Stern is not amused. Hence his comments on ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd show Thursday. “I would just render a guess that we’re not going to…

  5. Appreciating Ryan Anderson and in turn, Stan Van Gundy

    Mar 9, 2011, 6:09 PM EST

    Ryan Anderson

    Lost in the Rashard Lewis-Gilbert Arenas shuffle was an interesting development: Ryan Anderson, a young player (though one not exactly exploding with potential) still on his rookie deal, had a ready-made offensive game that could essentially make Lewis replaceable. Anderson isn’t capable of matching all of Lewis’ strengths — he still has a ways to…

  6. Stan Van Gundy defends Dwight Howard, invites fine from Stern

    Mar 8, 2011, 2:56 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    That’s going to cost Stan Van Gundy. He probably thinks it’s money well spent. Monday, before Dwight Howard sat out the Magic’s loss due to a suspension for his 16th technical of the season, Magic coach Van Gundy came to Howard’s defense. Van Gundy went with the argument that has been used for Shaq, Kareem,…

  7. It’s official, Dwight Howard suspended game for 16th technical

    Mar 5, 2011, 5:46 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    We told you last night this was coming, today the NBA league office worked on Saturday to make it a reality. Dwight Howard has been suspended for Monday’s Magic game against the Trail Blazers after picking up his 16th technical foul this season, announced Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President and disciplinarian. League rules call…

  8. Video: Dwight Howard is stronger than the Bulls

    Mar 5, 2011, 10:01 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    Dwight Howard has developed a nice arsenal of post moves. But his best asset remains that he is just stronger than you. Which Omer Asik learned the hard way. Asik played a good game overall — his defense and 13 boards were a key part of the Bulls win — but on this play he…

  9. Welcome to suspension time: Dwight Howard picks up 16th technical

    Mar 4, 2011, 9:50 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 5

    Take a seat, Dwight Howard. It took exactly one week for Dwight Howard to pick up his 16th technical — which means an automatic one game suspension. The league will review it but I’d sit Howard from your fantasy team Monday night when they take on the Portland if I were you. Howard picked up…

  10. Stan Van Gundy, no fan of team buyouts

    Mar 4, 2011, 2:09 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Miami Heat

    Boston picked up Troy Murphy. Miami picked up Mike Bibby. Chicago picked up Rasual Butler. Three of the four teams considered contenders in the East picked up a veteran for their bench that was bought out at the deadline by another team. Orlando stood pat. Want to guess what Stan Van Gundy told the Orlando…

  11. Video: Dwyane Wade talks about Heat’s “growing pains”

    Mar 4, 2011, 10:35 AM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    That was an ugly, ugly loss for the Heat last night. Afterward Dwyane Wade was clearly frustrated, but as he has all season he talked about the learning and growing and getting better. He’s right, it’s a process. But with 21 games left in the season, a few of these lessons maybe should have sunk…

  12. Video: LeBron James blocks high-arc floater from Nelson

    Mar 4, 2011, 9:20 AM EST

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    The real story of this game was he Miami Heat’s epic collapse and loss of a 24-point lead to the Orlando Magic. But we wanted to bring you a video reminder of why the Heat defense is pretty good. (Yes, they were not able to stop Orlando when the Magic began to rain threes down…

  13. Billups out Wednesday, day-to-day after that

    Mar 2, 2011, 4:09 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    You had a feeling when a guy as hard core as Chauncey Billups used the word “severe” to describe his thigh bruise Tuesday night, he might not be playing Wednesday. He is officially out for Hornets game Wednesday, the Knicks announced at shootaround, according to a tweet from Alan Hahn of Newsday. He is questionable…

  14. Dwight Howard says he loves Orlando. Right now, anyway.

    Mar 2, 2011, 12:23 PM EST

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    Note to Dwight Howard — if you don’t want people speculating about your future, don’t say things like this. We told you yesterday of the reports that the New Jersey Nets planned to go after Howard when he became a free agent, or before. Of course, Howard was asked about that before the game Tuesday…

  15. Video: Shawne Williams with throwdown dunk over Dwight Howard

    Mar 2, 2011, 8:55 AM EST

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    This dunk would be impressive over Earl Boykins, but over Dwight Howard it is pretty incredible. Shawne Williams gets to the baseline and drives, Howard is not in the best defensive rotation position ever and Williams just goes at him and climbs him and does a classic throwdown. That may have been the best part…

  16. Chauncey Billups leaves game with thigh bruise, could be out Wednesday

    Mar 2, 2011, 2:03 AM EST

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    Carmelo Anthony is nice throw in and all, but it was brilliant of the Knicks to trade for Chauncey Billups — that guy is killing it. Have you seen the Knicks?  Billups has become the brains of the outfit. The Knicks play smarter and more under control with Billups on the court. Bad news is…

  17. Report: Dwight Howard is next target for Nets

    Mar 1, 2011, 5:59 PM EST

    NBA: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Clippers

    Dwight Howard doesn’t want be part of the 2012 free agent rumor mill, but just when he thought he was out… they pull him back in. We mentioned earlier today that Deron Williams was going to be an eager recruiter for the Nets. The first target will be Dwight Howard, according to the Bergen Record.…

  18. Dwight Howard has a technical problem

    Feb 27, 2011, 1:31 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 5

    Friday night, Dwight Howard picked up technical foul number 15 on the season, helping extend his league lead. Once he gets his “frequent techicals rewards card” stamped one more time gets an automatic one-game suspension. It’s really a matter of when — he has averaged a technical every four games this season and the Magic…

  19. Dwight Howard tells Kevin Durant “not in my house”

    Feb 26, 2011, 8:12 AM EST

    NBA: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Clippers

    Winning at the trade deadline is a very different thing than winning your next game. Everything that the Thunder are hoping to get defensively with Kendrick Perkins the Magic already have in Dwight Howard. As evidence, we bring you Dwight shutting down Durant as he drives to the hole Friday night. We have yet to…

  20. Dwight Howard rips Magic after ugly loss to Kings

    Feb 24, 2011, 12:18 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    I’m not sure what the low point of the season will be for the Orlando Magic will be, this may be like the LOST island where every time something impossible happens you think it can’t get crazier. Then you’re proven wrong. And Hurley becomes the voice of reason. But the Wednesday night Magic loss to…

  21. Former Sixer GM, current Magic executive Pat Williams diagnosed with cancer

    Feb 15, 2011, 8:04 PM EST

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    The Orlando Magic’s Pat Williams, one of the better known and more popular NBA executives around the league, has been diagnosed with cancer, the team announced Tuesday. Williams was the Philadelphia 76ers general manager for a dozen seasons through the 1970s and ‘80s, then went on to be part of the team that founded the…

  22. Report: Orlando interested in Zach Randolph; but there are issues

    Feb 15, 2011, 4:01 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

    Let’s start this rumor report off with the red flags — this comes from long-time rumormonger Sam Smith of Bulls.com, who reports this without saying he got this from a source (thanks Pinstriped Post). Nobody else is reporting this. So please sprinkle liberally with salt. That said, there is some logic to the idea. The…

  23. Where is all the trade chatter?

    Feb 14, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz, Game 6

    It’s 10 days until the NBA trade deadline, and usually right now the chatter among NBA teams about potential deals is ramping up to a huge wave fans everywhere just try to ride. This season, it’s a ripple in a pond. Mark Cuban said this is a pretty standard year. “Relative to other years in…

  24. Gilbert Arenas says his problem is he’s being too passive

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:08 AM EST

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    Magic fans, the most recent comments by Gilbert Arenas should worry you. Yes, you got a nice big-game win over the Lakers Sunday, but that does not totally erase the recent losses to the Bulls, Heat and Celtics. You need more consistent play, more wins over quality teams before we are convinced any corner was…

  25. Magic play some defense, Lakers miss some shots, Magic cruise

    Feb 13, 2011, 6:39 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol

    If you came into this game thinking the Lakers win in Boston was a mirage and they still can’t beat elite teams consistently, you watched this game and felt vindicated. You shouldn’t. If you believe that the Orlando Magic are elite despite recent losses to the Bulls, Heat and Celtics (and even Hornets), that they…

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