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Monday, January 16, 2006

Francis Returns

As per Orlando Sentinel, Magic has lifted Francis's suspension, and he will return to practice tomorrow getting ready to play on Wednesday.


  • At 3:47 AM, Anonymous Mike from Illinois said…

    It will be really interesting to see what the fan reaction is Wednesday toward Francis. I would expect some boos at first, but once the game starts, I would hope the fans judge him by how he's playing in the game. Maybe this was a blessing in disguise that the suspension happened, since the front office and Coach Hill were able to have a long talk with Francis and whatever might be bothering him. Now that the air has been cleared and he is now welcome to come back with the team, maybe now he can play like he's capable. The last two games that Francis played with the Magic, he averaged 10 pts and 6 TOs, shockingly bad numbers for a player of his talent. I attended the Magic's last home game against Charlotte (while I was visiting on vacation), and Nelson and Francis really played well together as the starting guards I thought. Can they play that well together on a consistent basis and beat teams that are better than Charlotte? That remains to be seen. The team does have the talent to do so. Also, the team should let Grant Hill rest for at least 2 to 3 weeks. They are doing him a big disservice by letting him rest for just a week, putting him in there, and seeing him in pain again at the end of the game.

  • At 7:41 AM, Blogger TragicFan said…

    Welcome back Francis!


    Quotes :

    He continues to be the most selfish, underachieving player on the planet. I can't imagine the Orlando franchise wants to risk further contamination of its budding young star Dwight Howard.

    It's not just that he's erratic and selfish on the court -- he is third in the league in turnovers. His petulance and diva attitude erode team chemistry.

    Do you know what was at the root of this latest snit? He was jealous that Jameer Nelson was playing well and eating up some of his playing time. Francis started pouting Dec. 30 when he wasn't used in the fourth quarter.

    In that game, Nelson scored 25 points and ran the offense brilliantly down the stretch. And, oh by the way, the Magic won. That never seems to matter to Stevie Franchise.

  • At 10:27 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    Bob Vander Weide has a long interivew with Orlando Sentinel posted on Sentinel's website. It is interesting to read it. He tries to come across as somebody who has roots in this community and wants to be here for a long time. I can pick and choose to analyze parts of the interview, but it is best to read it on your own. The link is:


  • At 11:47 AM, Blogger TragicFan said…

    I read it - I highly recommend you do before reading comments like Matt said.


    That said - I found it to be a softball fluff PR piece. The Sentinel Sports staff in my opinion is much more a PR machine scared of losing their only pro-team in town than a bunch of journalists.

    Read the New York Times or the Detroit News - See how hard they are about their teams - Even when they are winning, they keep pushing for more.

    If I was doing that interview I would have followed up on some of that fluff. Like where he said they were committed to Brian Hill for years. That's the kind of stuff that gets them in trouble - If he can't make a winner by next year his tail should be out of here.

  • At 1:08 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Tragicfan, I agree with your comments. Pete did a good new posting on Bob Vander Weide's interview. I'll go into details commenting on that post.


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