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  1. Could Hedo Turkoglu win Most Improved Player within one season?

    Jan 9, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Dallas Mavericks

    Our esteemed colleague Rob Mahoney wrote the following last week at the New York Times Off the Dribble blog: Don’t be fooled: Turkoglu is the same player he was in Phoenix, in Toronto and in his final year in Orlando. And any perceived excellence is a product of some statistical smoke and mirrors. The Magic has…

  2. 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…

  3. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Warriors are awesome in the first half, but that last 24….

    Jan 4, 2011, 2:48 AM EDT

    Warriors Magic

    What you missed while wondering what to do with your PowerBalance bracelet… Magic 110, Warriors 90: If new Golden State owner Joe Lacob petitions the league to shorten games to 24 minutes, you can’t blame him — the Warriors have led the Heat and Magic at the half in their last two games. And lost…

  4. 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…

  5. Drew Gooden to sit out Bucks next four games

    Jan 3, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    If you are an NBA fan, you need to learn about plantar fasciitis. It’s the chronic foot problem — inflammation of a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot and presents as heel pain — that has bothered Tyreke Evans, Rajon Rondo, Tony Parker, Joakim Noah and myriad of other NBA…

  6. Brandon Bass considering surgery

    Jan 2, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic

    Brandon Bass has been one of the stronger parts of the Orlando offense this season. Having a legit power forward next to Dwight Howard and someone who could score in the low-post and shallow mid-range fit in really well with the Magic. Now it’s possible that he could be out for several months as he…

  7. 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…

  8. 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.…

  9. Gilbert Arenas says Mike D’Antoni didn’t want him; D’Antoni says “huh?”

    Dec 31, 2010, 3:55 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    During his “I’ll go anywhere to get out of Washington” campaign last summer, Arenas thought about the Knicks. Guard-friendly offense, big city that needs a star that can score… seemed like a fit in his head. Until he heard what D’Antoni said about him, Arenas told Newsday. “I heard he said I wasn’t his type…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Baseline to Baseline recaps: That new Orlando lineup is growing on us

    Dec 31, 2010, 3:33 AM EDT

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    What you missed while in shock that the UConn women lost… Magic 112, Knicks 103: More than all the points (although the help), Amar’e Stoudemire has brought a real fighter’s attitude to the Knicks this season. This was a team getting thumped at the half and with a couple runs in the second half made…

  13. Marcin Gortat rips Suns defense

    Dec 30, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

    Baron Davis, Marcin Gortat

    Marcin Gortat wanted more minutes, for years having had to get by on the scraps Dwight Howard left behind in Orlando. But be careful what you wish for. Gortat was traded from the third best defensive team in the NBA (Orlando) to the worst defensive team in the NBA (Phoenix, based on points allowed per…

  14. Winderman: This season, to the conference winners go the spoils

    Dec 29, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    No, this is not the NFL, where regular-season dominance translates into a playoff bye. But this season, there just might be a similar reward forthcoming in the NBA. With all due respect to the Bulls and Jazz and others teams perhaps outplaying their expectations to this point, each conference appears to have three prime championship…

  15. Vince Carter expected to debut for Suns Wednesday

    Dec 29, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

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    Steve Nash tweeted Tuesday night he was excited about Vince Carter‘s entry into the Phoenix lineup. It’s gonna be fun. He can do things no one on our team can do and will improve us The fun starts Wednesday night — Carter will make his debut for the Suns against the Philadelphia 76ers, coach Alvin…

  16. Marcus Camby doesn’t want to be traded

    Dec 29, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

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    Portland is very actively looking for trades — GM Rich Cho realizes that the old Roy/Oden plan is dead and it is time to restructure. Andre Miller is drawing a lot of interest and may well be moved. Marcus Camby also is on the trade block — except he’s not cool with that, according to…

  17. 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…

  18. Could the Magic want Boris Diaw?

    Dec 26, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Milwaukee Bucks

    When the Magic sent Marcin Gortat to Phoenix in their mega-deals last weekend, they found themselves supremely short on big men. They’re forced to trot out lineups with Brandon Bass at center and against huge teams, that’s simply not going to work. They found success against the Celtics Saturday because even with Jermaine O’Neal back,…

  19. 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…

  20. Paul Pierce still considers Hedo Turkoglu a difficult matchup

    Dec 25, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Hedo Turkoglu, Paul Pierce

    Even though the rest of the known world may use Hedo Turkoglu as a punchline, Paul Pierce — Turkoglu’s positional matchup in today’s game between the Celtics and Magic — still seems to have enormous respect for the man. From Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel (via Evan Dunlap): “Hedo is going to be great…

  21. Could Jason Richardson be a long-term fixture in Orlando?

    Dec 24, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

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    No one should blame the Phoenix Suns for their reluctance to make a commitment to Jason Richardson. The now-Magic shooting guard is 30 years old after all, and with franchise centerpiece Steve Nash in the later stages of his career, it makes little sense to lock up veteran pieces for the long haul. You should…

  22. Gilbert Arenas happy coming off bench

    Dec 24, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

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    Gilbert Arenas looked settled into his new Magic role Thursday night — 14 points, 9 assists off the bench. Of course, everything with the Magic looked settled for one game — granted, one game against the team with the best record in the league, but one game. There still may be changes ahead. But Arenas…

  23. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Is Orlando a running team now?

    Dec 24, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

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    What you missed while wrapping gifts… what do you mean you’re not done shopping?!? Magic 123, Spurs 101: The Orlando Magic got out and ran. They scored a season high 30 fast break points. There were 95 possessions in the game, closer to a Golden State Warrior pace than what we usually see from Orlando.…

  24. Daniel Orton has successful knee surgery

    Dec 23, 2010, 4:51 PM EDT

    Daniel Orton

    Orlando rookie Daniel Orton underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this morning, and according to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, Orton himself reported the surgery as a success. Orton hasn’t played at all for the Magic this season, and this particular procedure is actually a result of an aggravation of a previous injury…

  25. Tracy McGrady tells Toronto he is no Chris Bosh

    Dec 23, 2010, 3:51 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    There was a time when Tracy McGrady was public enemy No. 1 for Raptors fans, he had left Canada for Orlando and the fans felt jilted. He left to join the best players of his day on what everyone thought would be a powerhouse. He left a team without a coach and in disarray. Today…

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