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  1. NBA Cancels Orlando vs. Miami preseason game in Tampa due to wet floor

    Oct 22, 2010, 7:14 PM EDT

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    Finally they sell out a sporting event in Tampa Bay… and it’s canceled. The NBA cancelled the preseason game in Tampa between the Heat and Magic, which was schedule for tonight (and was to be shown on ESPN). Officially the NBA says it is because of unsafe playing conditions. Officially — the floor is wet.…

  2. Magic, Heat slip-sliding away on damp court in Tampa before tonight’s game

    Oct 22, 2010, 2:56 PM EDT

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    NBA courts get a little wet, what with sweaty men running up and down it, running into each other and falling to the ground. There’s a reason people are out there drying off the courts all game. But when the court is wet even before the game starts? Not good. That’s what is happening today…

  3. Dwight Howard on LeBron’s hater tweets: “All of us get those”

    Oct 22, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

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    Tuesday LeBron James turned the spotlight on some of the ugly, hateful tweets he gets. The dark underbelly of the connection to the public that twitter and other social media allow. Dwight Howard told the Orlando Sentinel LeBron’s experience on twitter is not unique. “All of us get those kinds of Tweets,” Howard said. “People…

  4. Bookmakers make Heat title favorites. Magic are best odds on the board.

    Oct 21, 2010, 11:58 PM EDT

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    The Miami Heat are the favorites to with the NBA crown this season. Not according to most pundits, they have them close but not quite (although some have picked them). But yes according to the bookmakers at Bodog.com. Here are their odds to win the NBA title: Miami Heat                       17/10 Los Angeles Lakers            5/2 Boston…

  5. Timberwolves, Grizzlies hope preseason success carries over to games that matter

    Oct 19, 2010, 10:24 AM EDT

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    Preseason games are not irrelevant. A team’s record in them can have some correlation to the regular season. Not so much with the elite teams — nobody thinks Boston is any better at 6-1 in the preseason, nobody is reading much into the Lakers being 2-3. Come deep in the playoffs those teams will still…

  6. Heat fans skip several steps, chant “Beat L.A” during scrimmage

    Oct 17, 2010, 11:52 PM EDT

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    We don’t really know how good this Heat team will be — the big three have spent just over three minutes together on the court so far. It’s been a bit of a wasted preseason for the Heat. The players get it and have said they are not looking too far ahead yet. The fans……

  7. Are the Magic showcasing Brandon Bass for a trade?

    Oct 17, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Brandon Bass hasn’t been happy since his plane landed in Orlando. He apparently felt he was coming in to provide the true legit power forward next to Dwight Howard. He was underutilized in New Orleans, then wound up in Dallas where he made a name for himself. But after finally getting his payday with Orlando,…

  8. Stan Van Gundy tells fans he’s sorry he didn’t play starters

    Oct 15, 2010, 1:34 AM EDT

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    Preseason games see some odd lineups, rested stars and big minutes for guys who will spend the season in the D-League. In short, don’t confuse preseason with NBA basketball as you know it. But the tickets aren’t any cheaper for fans. The beer is not less expensive. The parking still sets you back. At those…

  9. The night that the lights went out in Orlando (and its new arena)

    Oct 14, 2010, 11:33 PM EDT

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    Preseason games aren’t just for working out kinks on the court. The Orlando Magic just turned on the lights and christened the new Amway Center a couple nights before, but Thursday night those lights went out. Literally. The main house lights in the arena dimmed for player introductions — as they do in all buildings…

  10. Brandon Bass makes Dwight Howard’s job sound easy

    Oct 13, 2010, 7:07 PM EDT

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    On some teams, the distinction between ‘power forward’ and ‘center’ is a mere formality. After all, the more versatile the players that a coach has at his disposal, the more blurry the lines between the two positions often become. Not so for the Orlando Magic, if only because the defensive responsibilities that accompany each positional…

  11. Heat realize Lakers, Magic and Celtics have a jump

    Oct 12, 2010, 2:13 AM EDT

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    Two weeks until the season tips off, and teams are not looking the same in camp. The Miami Heat are still learning the offense, the defense and how to play with each other. All without Dwyane Wade, who is still out with a sore hamstring for at least another week. Eddie House and Carlos Arroyo…

  12. What does New Orleans 54-point preseason loss mean?

    Oct 11, 2010, 12:07 PM EDT

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    We keep telling you not to read too much into preseason games — coaches are resting key players, experimenting with lineups, giving quality minutes to D-League guys and there just generally is not a sense of urgency. It’s a scrimmage, not a game. But when you get really blown out by a high school like…

  13. Give Marcin Gortat the damn ball

    Oct 7, 2010, 11:37 AM EDT

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    Marcin Gortat is not just a big body in there to bang and grab rebounds and not screw up while Dwight Howard gets a blow for the Magic. He wants you to know he can shoot — sure he only took one shot a game last season but he hit 53 percent of then. At…

  14. Dwight Howard seeks to expand his post game, learns from the best

    Oct 6, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    To the casual fan, Dwight Howard’s post game is a crime against humanity. A man with his physical gifts should be dropping 30 a night, they say. Dropping sky hooks on a whim, they say. Calling to mind the centers of old, they say. To hell with that, I say. Howard’s moves on the block…

  15. Brandon Bass is putting in the right kind of work

    Oct 5, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    In Brandon Bass’ first season with the Magic, he saw his playing time, points, and rebounds per game slashed despite Orlando having available minutes at power forward. He sat 32 of Orlando’s 82 regular season games (and seven of their 14 playoff games). Watching, fully healthy, from the bench. On a four million dollar salary.…

  16. Message received: Dwight Howard promises less complaining to referees

    Oct 4, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    While NBA referees have been instructed to call touch fouls on the perimeter, the game inside the paint is as physical as ever. Strong centers who play through the contact get beat on in ways that would send smaller guards flying to the floor. The guards get those calls, the centers only sometimes. That frustrates…

  17. Daniel Orton to miss entire training camp rehabbing knee

    Sep 30, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    After his junior year of high school, Daniel Orton had major reconstructive knee surgery. He didn’t play his senior year. He was limited in his one year at Kentucky by the knee, but the Orlando Magic drafted him at the end of the first year on promise. The knee is still not right. Orton is…

  18. Magic guard Jason Williams to have knee surgery

    Sep 29, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT

    The Magic brought Jason Williams back to provide some extra depth at point guard, but he won’t be doing that for a while. Williams is going to have arthroscopic left knee surgery tomorrow and will be out until right around the start of the season, Stan Van Gundy told the media today (as tweeted by…

  19. Dwight Howard's children's album about to hits stores. Whoomp There It Is.

    Sep 29, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    You know how you’ve always wanted to explain to your young son or daughter the joy of hearing “Whoomp There It Is” through the arena sound system during the timeout of an NBA game? No? Then what about “Let’s Get It Started?” “U Can’t Touch This?” Now Dwight Howard has come to your rescue. He…

  20. NBA Season Preview: Orlando Magic

    Sep 28, 2010, 1:08 PM EDT

    Last season: 59-23, the second seed in the East. In the playoffs they Magic swept past the Bobcats and Hawks before running into the buzz saw that was the Celtics and losing in the Eastern Conference Finals. Head Coach: Stan Van Gundy, one of the best going and probably funnier than his brother. Key Departures:…

  21. Orlando believe 12 is better than three when it comes to Miami Heat

    Sep 27, 2010, 11:07 PM EDT

    If you like messin’ with Sasquatch, then go to an Orlando Magic practice and start asking questions about the Miami Heat. Pretty much the same reaction. Orlando general manager Otis Smith led the “hey, maybe they should play a game before we anoint them” cries, as reported by FanHouse. “They’ve got three, and we’re solid…

  22. Yao Ming may skip first Rockets preseason game

    Sep 25, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Yao Ming is impatient — he wants back on the court. Badly. But after 18 months away from the game and a complex foot surgery he doesn’t want another setback. So he may miss the first preseason game (or more) he told the Houston Chronicle. “When I was playing some scrimmage with some of the…

  23. Magic draft pick Daniel Orton may need surgery

    Sep 23, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    The Magic don’t really need another center right now — the Dwight Howard guy is working out pretty well — but they took a smart risk drafting that other guy out of Kentucky, Daniel Orton. But it is going to be a while until we see if that risk pays off — Orton may need…

  24. Dwight Howard would rather have Kevin Durant than LeBron James on his team

    Sep 22, 2010, 7:11 PM EDT

    Magic center Dwight Howard recently sat down for an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Dan Patrick. During the course of it, Patrick asked Dwight Howard who he’d rather have as a teammate — Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder or LeBron James of the Miami Heat. After hesitating briefly, Howard went with Durant, who’s fresh…

  25. Malik Allen rounds out Magic roster, camp

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    Malik Allen is going to have a 10th NBA season, apparently. The Orlando Magic have inked him to a deal for this season. He will report to camp with the Magic and rounds out their roster at 15. Financial terms not officially released, but you can pencil in vet minimum deal. Allen played in Denver…

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