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  1. Maybe trading Monta Ellis is not going to be that easy

    Jun 17, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Boston Celtics

    We’ve discussed before that with deal-making Jerry West in the house and a push for some changes in Golden State, Monta Ellis was being made available. Fourth leading scorer in the NBA, can create his own shot, bring some swagger to the offense, up your team’s tattoo quotient… not a lot of interest around the…

  2. Magic’s Quentin Richardson has back surgery

    Jun 16, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    And the string of off-season minor surgeries continues, next up Quentin Richardson of the Orlando Magic. He had surgery to repair a disc in his lower back, according to the Orlando Sentinel (who spoke to him). It took place last week and he is expected to be sidelined only a couple of months. So, even if…

  3. Does Magic Johnson want the Lakers to trade for Dwight Howard?

    Jun 15, 2011, 8:21 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Los Angeles Lakers

    I don’t know how many other ways to interpret a recent tweet from the legendary Laker point guard, which said that the “Lakers should think about calling the Orlando Magic.” (Johnson seems to have quickly deleted the tweet.) Howard will be a free agent after this season, and after the Magic’s first-round exit despite some…

  4. Dwight Howard does Haka with New Zealand rugby team

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    One of my favorite rituals to watch in all of sports is to see the New Zealand All Blacks — the national rugby team — perform the native Maori war dance the Haka before each game. One of the few sports rituals I would consider genuinely intimidating. (Confession, I enjoy watching rugby and we’ve got…

  5. Dwight Howard wants to stay in Orlando but things must change

    Jun 13, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    It’s really the same message he’s been sending for a while now, but in its most clear form yet. Dwight Howard would love to stay a member of the Orlando Magic, but he is going to test the free agent market in 2012. If Orlando does not win a title or make a big step…

  6. Stan Van Gundy wonders if Pippen was actually great

    Jun 10, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Chicago Bulls

    Scottie Pippen is one of the NBA’s official 50 Greatest Players of All Time. He is a Hall of Famer. He has six rings. But is he overrated? There are a lot of people who think he is, and Pippen has always chaffed at that idea, that he was Robin to Jordan’s Batman. You can…

  7. J.J. Redick undergoes abdominal surgery

    Jun 7, 2011, 11:43 AM EDT

    REDICK_JJ

    UPDATE 11:43 am: The Magic have confirmed that Redick had surgery but said it was to repair a torn abdominal muscle, not the sports hernia surgery earlier reported, according to Sam Gardner at Fox Sports Florida. Still, this is pretty simple as surgeries go. This is supposed to have a recovery time of six weeks,…

  8. Gilbert Arenas to give away all the shoes he wore while watching Jameer Nelson this year

    Jun 4, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas, Stan Van Gundy

    Gilbert Arenas is back on Twitter, which is great news for everyone who either a. loves Gil or b. loves making fun of Gil. It’s a win-win, really. Those two groups have a pretty high crossover on the ol’ Ven diagram as well. Not only is Arenas back on Twitter, but he’s giving away shoes!…

  9. Anderson thinks Orlando lost “five or six” rings when Shaq left

    Jun 3, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT

    Shaq Magic

    Orlando got close to an NBA title when they had Shaquille O’Neal — they made it to the NBA finals against Houston and had a 20-point lead in the first half of Game 1. Then they gave it all back, Nick Anderson missed four free throws in the clutch and the Magic lost Game 1…

  10. Dwight Howard says he is not signing an extension soon

    Jun 2, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    From the twitter account of The Orlando Sentinel’s Joshua B. Robbins: Daniel Paulling, a reporter who attended @DwightHoward‘s function in ‘Bama 2day, reports DH said Ping’s ext. report is untrue. There’s no way around it, Orlando fans: with Orlando’s weak showing in last year’s playoffs, Howard’s talent and youth, and just how badly nearly every…

  11. Video: Shaq’s one three-pointer

    Jun 1, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Orlando Shaq

    As Dave McMenamin pointed out earlier today, the newly retired Shaquille O’Neal made all of one three in his 19-year career. Darius Soriano was able to track down the video, and here it is in all of its glory: Shaq, playing for the Magic, banking in a desperation 35-footer as the quarter was ending. As…

  12. Shaq retires and will be missed

    Jun 1, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    O'NEAL

    I’m going to miss having Shaquille O’Neal around the NBA. It’s the end of an era — Kyrie Irving, the top pick in this coming draft, was born the year Shaq entered the league. But it feels like more than that. I’ll miss him in part because he was a reminder that this is a…

  13. Howard plans to hire shooting coach, work more with Olajuwon

    May 31, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    The big news surrounding Dwight Howard today has to do with where he may or may not be playing in future seasons, but Howard also dropped some news about how he plans to improve his game this summer. Here’s the report, courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel’s Josh Robbins: In addition to traveling to Europe and…

  14. Report: Howard, Magic talking two-year extension

    May 31, 2011, 11:41 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    Dwight Howard keeps talking about how he wants to win in Orlando, how people shouldn’t be talking about him moving on. But the only way silence the rumors is to sign an extension. Howard and the Magic are talking about a two-year extension and it only awaits his signature, according to Orlando’s Local 6 Sports…

  15. Dwight Howard tells Orlando fans he’s not Shaq

    May 31, 2011, 8:37 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Dwight Howard may have gotten mad at the Orlando Sentinel for it, but the speculation is everywhere — talk about where Howard will play next is rampant. He can opt out of his current deal in the summer of 2012 and that means if he wants he can put the Orlando Magic in the same…

  16. Report: Lakers have “dropped” on Dwight Howard’s list

    May 28, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    First off, if you’re a Magic fan, stop reading this. You’re only going to get frustrated and angry that the big mean media is once again making up stories about Dwight Howard when he clearly wants to re-sign in Orlando. After all, he said he loves the city! And who says that and then leaves?…

  17. Shaq may never play in the NBA again. And that’s sad.

    May 11, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    We’re going to miss Shaquille O’Neal. Not the Shaq of this season, or even the last several. Not the guy who has played just 17 minutes since Feb. 1 because even that little time aggravates his leg injuries. That is a shell of the former player, a guy who at his peak was one of…

  18. Dwight Howard takes shot at Orlando Sentinel for “dumb articles”

    May 10, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Dwight Howard has tried. Unlike LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, who seemed to revel in the attention of trade or free agency rumors (at least at first), Howard has tried to shut it down. He can be a free agent in the summer of 2012 but has refused to discuss it. Monday night, while the…

  19. Hawks leave tickets for Jameer Nelson to see Derrick Rose

    May 3, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    In a game the final week of the season, when the Chicago Bulls beat the Orlando Magic, Derrick Rose was doing the standard, cliché-filled post-game television interview when Jameer Nelson interrupted to congratulate him. The exchange included Nelson telling Rose “see you in the second round.” Except, the Magic never got to the second round,…

  20. Just so we’re clear, the Magic aren’t trading Howard

    Apr 29, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Dwight Howard is not talking about Dwight Howard the free agent. But theoretically next season Howard could turn the Magic into this season’s Denver Nuggets — he could use the threat of his free agency to force a trade. But that’s not happening either. Magic GM Otis Smith made that clear as possible to ESPN…

  21. Dwight Howard tries to kill free agency rumors. Good luck with that.

    Apr 29, 2011, 10:10 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Give Dwight Howard this — he is trying. LeBron James made a half-hearted effort to stamp out the free agent rumor circus around him, but at first he seemed to enjoy the attention enough that he let the fire start and by the time he tried to put it out it was too late. Carmelo…

  22. NBA Playoffs: Atlanta wins ugly, but moves on to the second round

    Apr 29, 2011, 1:23 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    In all honesty, I would never wish repeat viewing of the Atlanta Hawks’ series-clinching victory over the Orlando Magic on my worst enemy. The on-court product was brutal. Neither team could convert any of their shots, the turnovers were many, and the execution on the whole was fairly awful. Atlanta’s 39.2 percent shooting from the…

  23. Turkoglu’s disaster of a playoffs traced back to Phoenix

    Apr 28, 2011, 1:41 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Back in 2009, Hedo Turkoglu was in his element, aggressively running the pick-and-roll. Dwight Howard was still the center of the Magic’s offensive solar system, Turkoglu was setting the table and knocking down threes. He pushed the Magic to the finals. This season, he is pushing them out in the first round. Orlando has to…

  24. Magic going to keep Stan Van Gundy, so stop asking

    Apr 27, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 2

    There is a lot of speculation out there in the world that Stan Van Gundy could be axed if the Orlando Magic cannot complete the 3-1 series comeback. The logic flows like this: If the Magic loose then Dwight Howard is going to be really unhappy. And he can be a free agent in 2012,…

  25. Magic’s Richardson played through seven stiches on foot

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Tuesday afternoon, Orlando’s Jason Richardson stepped on some glass at home, resulting in seven stiches on his left foot, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Tuesday night, playing through pain, he had his best game of the first round leading the Magic with 17 points. There is no truth to the rumor that Dwight Howard and…

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