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Monday, September 25, 2006

Magic hope they have right ingredients for playoff run

5 Comments:

  • At 2:58 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    What is an "Innocent climb"?

     
  • At 9:26 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    I think that Brian Hill was trying to define "an innocent climb" as a team that played greatly improved basketball the final month but that other teams could have taken them too lightly or were getting ready for the playoffs.

    In Steve Kerr's latest column on sports.yahoo.com, he predicts the Magic to finish in 9th place in the Eastern Conference, behind such teams as Milwaukee, Indiana, Washington, and New Jersey. I think he is wrong here, as the Magic certainly have the capability to finish ahead of at least 2 or 3 of those teams.

     
  • At 4:54 AM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    There are "question marks" around the Magic. I'm glad some still think we won't even make the playoffs. I don't want everyone outside of Orlando thinking "high expectations". I'm happy when people still don't think of us to do much this year. It's easier to be an underdog. Plus, this will be a defining season, and probably the last year we'll be going in as an underdog. The more time passes, the higher expectations will go.

    I tend to agree with the "Darko theories". He's the biggest question mark we have right now. We pretty much know what we're going to get with Jameer, Dwight, Hedo, Arroyo, and others for the most part. But Darko, he could be a Battie, or he could be Pau Gasol like. He has no limits. Some say future all-star, some say role player. I expect great things out of Darko. I expect him to fill a role like Sheed did for the Pistons, and play a lot like Sheed did. Darko is the biggest key, is he the key to a 50 win season, some say so.

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/broadband/orl-simmonspodcast-092506,0,1259112.mp3file?track=rss

    Kerr put together a "safe column". He didn't make any bold statements. His boldest statement came up behind Orlando with Toronto in which I totally agree. I hope Toronto plays "Euro Ball", or what I like to call "Team Basketball". Maybe it’ll open a few eyes.

    Anyone has the right to pick Miami to win the questionable East this year. But like I've said before, there are a few teams out West that are leaps and bounds better. If hell freezes over, or David Stern fixes it, and I have to watch that aging piece of a shit Miami squad win "back 2 back" titles; I'm going to stop watching basketball.

    My earlyyyyyy picks for next years NBA Champs start with the Mavs, then the Suns, the Spurs, and last the Rockets.

     
  • At 5:57 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    I agree that Darko is the key to Magic's success, short and long term. In my view, he needs to be motivated, because sometimes he looks like he doesn't have that fire under his belly. It is possible that I am wrong, and the way that he moves and acts is just a reflection of his personality. However, I recall some burst of emotion in him towards the end of last season, especially in that win over San Antonio. Regardless, he needs a large dose of confidence-building encouragement and motivation. If Hill and Smith think that by keeping Darko down the Magic would be able to re-sign him for cheap, they are playing with fire.

     
  • At 11:10 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    I would think that by the time the regular season begins, that Darko will have entrenched himself as the starter over Battie. Let's see how this plays out over the pre-season.

     

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