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Sunday, January 15, 2006

How Long Until You Give The Keys To The Kids

C'mon guys lets be real,this team isnt one that i would bet on in the playoffs,so are the playoffs that important? I mean i hate losing just like anyone else,but the fact is,Keyon,Jameer ,travis,deshawn,dwight and mario represents our youth,6 guys thats it! Grant and Tony are hard working vets you can keep around b/c of various positive reasons,which brings your total to 8! You need scoring punch off the bench so you can keep hedo also,thats 9,so six guys dont make the cut,francis,augmon,morris,outlaw,garrity,cato!I mean b/c of the age of (hill,augmon,outlaw,garrity,battie,cato,francis) these guys,who aint getting any younger,at some point were gonna have to turn the keys over to youth,wouldnt right now during team turmoil,be a great time to do so?In the summer grant's contract comes off the books,plus jameer and dwight would have been running the team for more than half the season,why not build the team around them,trade steve for draft picks and not just to make a trade,and give the keys to the kids!

11 Comments:

  • At 6:44 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Whats up to all ya'll,i wondered where ya'll were hiding,i appreciate the invite,and also am glad to be here and off the sentinel's fake blog! Whats up matt,pete,intro........oh yeah i forgot to also say that i like our team presently the way that they are,and i agree with the notion that it isnt good to just make trades b/c the fans start calling for someone's head or just to be making them,but trading steve for draft picks would do two things,it would free up the position for jameer and travis who are both more traditonal point guards,and give us the picks we need to add players in a building mode around jameer and dwight!

     
  • At 6:56 PM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    Unless Hill retires he has one more year at a whopping $16,901,500.

    Hill & Francis take up $32 million of the cap next year. Add Turkoglu, Nelson, Howard & Dooling contracts your at $47 million. Stevenson either gets paid $3 million or opts out. What your left with is the $ million exception and veterans exception. You're likely to have to wait an extra year to bring in the help via free agency.

    So those kids better develop fast. Howard is on track. Jameer is either going to be a surprisingly good starter or one of the best backup PGs in the league. It can't hurt to push Kasun & Diener hard to see if they are worth resigning next year.

     
  • At 7:22 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Orlando can give up another year, but the question is would Devos family stop on their demand for a new arena or would they use the build up years to string Orlando along, and then dump the city when better opportunity arrives? How many questions was that in one sentence? I have always had a knack for long sentences. I refer you all to my comment under the original posting “Whit Watson on Francis” with regard to Jameer’s future as a starting point guard, as well as the wisdom of devaluating Steve. Here we are talking abut another overhaul of the team. How many overhauls has the team to go through before the team, and the ownership for that matter, lose their welcome in the city? I mentioned above that Orlando can give up another year, but I am not sure that average fan base would stay with the team should losses pile up? Would Devos family be prepared for more cash outlay to cover the bottom line? I, personally, could go along with the build up if Jameer was a point guard with the upside qualities of Penny teamed up with a Shaq- like Dwight (if we could be loose on comparisons).

     
  • At 7:36 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Keyon's probably the best point guard we have,he's playoff proven and a playmaker offensively and defensively,he was on the court in seattle for about as quick as you can blink,but he noticeably was effecting ray allen,i cant remember the last time the magic had a player like that,who didnt care about ruffling another players feathers!

     
  • At 3:00 AM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    Honestly Matt, the Magic have already lost their "fan base". It'll stay the same forever; or until the Magic start winning. The day the Magic start winning, everyone will wake up and act like they were fans all along. It's bound to happen, Dwight is a "sleeping giant". He's the best young big man in the game, and everybody knows it. Anare had that title, but he's hurt, and Dwight is taking it. True fans or not, they will be back, as long as Dwight is here, the Magic will be making noise in the future.

     
  • At 5:04 AM, Anonymous mathieu said…

    Introvert,
    If it's bound to happen with a sleeping giant like Dwight, why didn't it happen with a superstar like T-Mac? I don't know how they do it, but every plan built around a big fish has failed. And Matt, give up another year? Well, i guess we have no choice, this one's pretty much down the drain, but honestly, I don't know the solution and I don't think I've read it here. We should be able to build around Dwight and Jameer, but if you just look at the talent we have here. Grant Hill, Steve Francis, Dwight Howard are all (potential) All Stars, jameer, Hedo, Dooling great role players, we have basically the same potential we had during the shaq&penny era. Hell, we even have the same coach. And yet, something's off and things don't mix. Injuries are one thing, but every team has it's injuries, it's no excuse (although I'd like to have a chat with the magic's medical staff).
    I think that maybe, just maybe, these constant rebuilding schemes may have something to do with it. We've overhauled our roster practically every other year. That's why I don't believe in yet another make over. I am the only one who sees the potential this team has, even still for this season?

     
  • At 7:26 AM, Blogger Ken said…

    Hiya "big" and welcome. I think we all had enough of that Sentinel blog...
    At this point I'm just about ready to hand the keys over to anyone. Its always something with this team. Theres always an excuse. Just when you think they have the right players in place, its a string of injuries. Or, we get a team full of "no names" (the heart and hustle team" who give 100 percent, but really just have no chance to go far. Or we get this high priced head-cases, aka Hardaway, Francis, Christy, McGrady (remember the whole fuss he made over his stupid birthday?)

    Does anyone really think the Magic will build a competitive team around Dwight Howard before his rookie contract expires? Look at this teams track record. Name one significant player in this teams history (besides Hardaway) that the Magic have managed to resign. Don't get me wrong, I love DHoward, and would love for him to make Orlando his home, but if he's smart, once his rookie deal is up, Hasta Lavista Orlando.....

     
  • At 7:33 AM, Blogger Ken said…

    Thanks for letting me rant... I needed that.. ô¿ô

     
  • At 11:14 AM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    mathieu,
    There are probably more than a few reasons it didn't happen with TMac. But, if you look at current and past teams, it's a hell of a lot easier to build a team around a dominant big man. A dominant big man changes the game in all aspects, offensively, defensively, rebounds, block shots, inside/outside game, etc. A dominant big man really makes it's easier on everyone else. In turn, he’ll makes role players look like stars, and stars look great. Look at Dwayne Wade... I know he's a real talent, but he wouldn't have near the hype if Shaq wasn't there. Then again, we're just comparing a future dominant big of Dwight with TMac. TMac has never made anyone around him better. He's a "me first" player and still blames his teammates or lack there of for losses. His questionable personality and character are pretty much everything Dwight Howard is not, which is good for Orlando as of now.

    All the great teams have great big men. The only one who didn’t was the Bulls, but they still had Grant, then Rodman, and of course #23. As for TMac, he’s a lot more common. Everyone is starting to realize there will never been “another Jordan”.

     
  • At 12:05 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    We are not out of the playoffs contention. In the miserable Eastern Conference any team that puts a few wins together may make it to one of the 8 spots. New York is back in the picture, although they lost to Atlanta, last night.

    As for the Magic, if Grant stays healthy and Steve puts his heart and mind into it, I said time and time again that they can compete in the East.

     
  • At 1:50 PM, Blogger Pete said…

    If I were the mayor of Orlando, I would give the city's honorary key to anybody who can come in and and rescue the Orlando Magic.

     

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