The State of the Magic
- Magic has a nice core of players, but only one debatable superstar in Dwight, and that's it. As exciting as a player that Jameer is, he is not a superstar. To go places you need to have two superstars. So if someone tells me there is no need for Grant next year, I say check your head.
- It was excruciating to follow some of the postings on the so-called "foul or not to foul". On the side line was the issue of a timeout that Hill could have called, that he didn't. I give Hill credit for staying out of the way of the players who have played their guts out. But come next season and a fresh start, Hill would impose his autocratic nonsense of a system, I assure you. Hill is not taking this or any team anywhere. he has proven that he is not a capable coach, and that's the end of that discussion, at least for me.
- Otis Smith has done well for the Magic, but nobody is as stupid as Isiah Thomas or as desperate as Joe Dumars trying to sign a franchise player. We have witnessed the results of light weight managers promoted to the GM level ... Gabriel and likes. They are good up to a certain limit, and then wheels come off from underneath. It is a cut throat business, and you need a lot more than basic knowledge, and a lot of good intentions.
- The arena issue is a very complicated issue (go back and read some of the earlier postings on this blog to refresh your memory). It is more of a political issue with a bit of accounting in the mix. The key is held by hotels' industry (Rosen), which is not excited by the recent Magic success, I assure you. Mayor Dyer has all good intentions, but he can't offer any thing more than the city's resources, which is not much. Mayor Crotty is not suicidal, so he is not gonna oppose Rosen and the Hotels' industry moguls for the sake of an out-of-towner who has not proven that he is willing to put some of his own money on the table as a sign of good faith.
At the end, the state of the Magic is bright unless some moron comes in to mess it up. When a veteran leadership is added to this group of players, sky is the limit. They can go places hard to imagine. That, however, would not happen with Brian Hill and this front office.
You can blast me as much as you want, but to no avail. I am going back to the sideline.