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Monday, April 30, 2007

What is Ahead?

It is funny that Sentinel is getting involved in all aspects of off-season maneuvers but no mention of Brian Hill's moronic line-ups and substitutions. Otis Smith is talking about "creative financing" which shows how far off he is, as is expanded here later. Financial calculations, or the simple term of number crunching, is not called financing. One finances when he or she buys a car or a house.

The first priority, in my view, must be finding the right coach, no ifs or buts about it. We have not seen what Darko is capable of the way Hill used him behind Battie. Had he been thrown in with the starting unit - meaning practicing with that unit, as well - it would have not only improved his consistency, but would have given the young kid with a history of misuse and neglect a sense of belonging and responsibility. The kid needs motivation, and one of Hill's main shortfalls throughout his career has been poor communication, thus lack of ability to inspire. So, in my view, the second priority would be signing Darko. Now that is not in conflict with signing a top free agent and my preference is Rashard Lewis. Granted we may have to go over the salary cap if we don't find takers for players who become expendable after signing Rashard or Vince. But why is that a sin if we look at the history of some teams whose owners were willing to go way above salary cap with the intention of long-term success and even profitability? If I get a chance, I would like to crunch the numbers to see how far above the salary cap we may have to go while achieving the objectives as set above. On top of my head, I can tell you not much. It does not take creative financing by people who are not experts in that field. It starts with the willingness to go above the cap if need be. Then trying to crunch the numbers on added-values for the long-term, and how they translate to long-term profitability. Now if one starts with the premises of staying under certain numbers to avoid luxury tax, we will end up with the same results in Orlando, year after year, namely mediocrity which is the by-product of preserving the bottom-line in the short-term.


  • At 11:06 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Everyday i've been waiting on something to come out saying Brian hill's coaching status here might be in trouble,still waiting and hoping.

  • At 12:39 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    You're not the only one. I'm the same way, checking multiply sites, everyday, just hoping to read the first leak about his job being in question. We've only been out of the playoffs for a few days, but once a week, two, then three start passing; I'm going to be worried, and pissed if nothing has come out.

    Matt, when I think of Otis, he makes me think of a little kid, who loves to play basketball, but he also loves to play dress up, put on a suit, glasses, and act like a grown up. I don't know, maybe I'm wrong, maybe he's a good "businessman", but I just don't hear it in his speech.

    The sad thing it, Otis used to have my support, but after this season, his sitting back, doing nothing, his constant support of Brian Hill, and his responses to fans treating them like retarded kids; let’s just say, he gives me nothing to be hopeful about. In the end, I feel uneasy with the future of the team because of Otis, and obviously Brian. Now I find myself falling back on Vander Weide, hoping he flexing some muscle.

  • At 12:47 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    BIG mentioned yesterday that he sent something Otis's way. I was going over to the Magic site, to do something of the same thing, and I saw The Fans Voice Blog. I don't know how many people actually read it, but it is right on the Magic website. So I figured, what the heck, I'd vent some Brian Hill frustration out.

    The funny thing is, the comment before mine said this: "As long Brian Hill is coaching the Magic, I won't step foot at the Arena..."

    Here is what I had to say, I guess I got a little carried away, as I just kept writing, but I do hate Brian Hill that much... At least my comment got posted.

    I've been a Magic fan since the very beginning. I actually posted a few times on here in the early months of the season because I like your posting style.

    For me, it has never been harder to be a fan of the Magic. We have so much talent, and no direction or leadership. If you're going to talk about the Magic, team, and players; you need to address the coach also. As far as I can see, there are A LOT of Orlando fans that dislike Brian Hill. His coaching ability not only is being questioned locally, but nationally. And honestly, there are many valid reasons to question Brian Hill. I'll throw a few thoughts your way...

    How many times now has a team Brian Hill is coaching been swept out of the playoffs? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the "Magic #" is 4. To make it worse, the first 3 times were teams with Shaq and Penny. And with this team, look at all the talent we have. I think this speaks volumes of the coaching, or lack there of. It shows that he doesn't know how to adapt, change, or adjust.

    Bad player rotations. How many times do we have to watch Nelson continually turn the ball over while failing to get anyone else involved? He was never benched for his play. All players need to be held accountable; especially when Arroyo and Dooling were running the team better behind him.

    Which leads to player development. Who has Brian Hill made a better player? Nelson regressed this season. Turk struggled most of the season. Darko never landed the starting position that he deserved. We saw flashes with Ariza. Redick never was aloud to play enough even though we desperately needed his shooting ability on the floor. Who has he made better? As far as I've seen, he restricts players, and slows their development. Dwight wanted to develop an 15 footer, Brian won't let him, Darko has always played from the outside-in, Brian forces him out of his comfort zone and only allows him to play down low. These types of things go on and on.

    Continuing with the thoughts above brings me to players being misused. First, Darko, allow the guy to play the way he excels. Don't force him down on the block. Let him play the way he is comfortable. And we all knew he was going to be a free agent this summer. How could we have this guy for 1 1/2 seasons, and never start him with Dwight? If Dwight and Darko are the future, and you're going to have to sign him this summer, why not see how they're going to work together by starting them together?

    I take that back, they did start together for a few games when Battie was out injured. And if you go back and check the numbers, Dwight's offense was at an all time career high, because Darko drew attention away from Dwight. Yet, when Battie return, Darko returned to the bench, and Dwight numbers went back down.

    Second, Grant Hill played out of position the entire season. He has never been a shooting guard. He struggled to defend two guards around the league all season. His lack of range didn't help spread the floor. Our backcourt was one of the major reasons we had no chance against Detroit. We were outmatched at both the PG and SG positions on both end of the floor. We have two shooting guards sitting on the end of our bench, neither of them rarely played. Grant was often on and off from game to game, often because he just doesn’t have it in him to play starter minutes. Why not bring him off the bench, and play him at his natural position? Think of using him the way Dallas uses Jerry Stackhouse.

    Last, most of the season Dooling played as a backup 2 guard and he struggled. Towards the seasons end, Hill finally played him where he should be playing, as a point guard. He is able to cause problems for opposing point guards with his defense. He actually looks to pass the ball more than Jameer. He turns the ball over less than Jameer. Stop playing him as a shooting guard. He struggles to defend two guards, and he shouldn't be put in the position to have to take a lot of shots.

    Horrible offense. If Brian Hill wants to run a predictable inside-out offense, then he needs to put shooters on the floor. Dwight had to work harder than any other player in the league, because Brian Hill rarely surrounded him with shooters, so teams were able to collapse on him and pound him. Why is it so hard to understand that you have to put A TEAM on the floor? You just can't put veterans, or who you think are the best 5 out there together and expect them to play well together. You have to put players that compliment one another, and make things easier. To me it seems like Brian Hill doesn't understand this.

    Last thoughts. We signed Keith Bogans to replace Deshawn Stevenson. I considered this a wash at the time, but Stevenson was a starter and still is a starter. They are still very similar, but Bogans was rarely used. I’m not sure what to make of this?

    J.J. Redick? I think the question mark is good enough. I know they blame the injury that happened before the season started for his lack of playing time, but come on. The whole year went by, and he was never really given a real chance.

    OK, I've wasted enough time on this guy... Obviously I'm frustrated, and from what I've read all over, I'm not the only one. All I can do is hope that someone in the Magic front office realizes that he isn't the right guy for the job.

    Rick Carlisle Anyone?

  • At 12:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    Great post and very well said Overwaded! I sure hope Otis reads it and finally the light goes on for him that BHill needs to be replaced. As long as he remains the head coach, the Magic won't be going anywhere.

  • At 1:08 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    Here is an interesting article that kind of goes along with the one the Sentinel posted and our one here.


    Here are a few clips from it that I thought were interesting, and annoying...

    Vince Carter, Rashard Lewis, Chauncey Billups and Gerald Wallace are the marquee names expected to be available this summer. An ideal scenario for the Magic would be to get the 7-foot Milicic and the 34-year-old Hill re-signed and then combine the remaining cap room with that of a current player's salary (likely Hedo Turkoglu) and sign a scorer of Carter's ilk. Carter is a Daytona Beach native, has a summer residence in Orlando and once played for Brian Hill when he was an assistant coach in New Jersey.

    And trading for an established star is always a possibility as well because the Magic have salary cap flexibility. Getting Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen or Mike Bibby out of rebuilding situations in Minnesota, Seattle and Sacramento might be possibilities, but it likely would cost the Magic Milicic, Turkoglu and next year's first-round draft pick.

    AND... Keep in mind this is after the playoffs!

    Said Smith: "As I've said all year long, you have to sit down and evaluate everything. I'm being evaluated now. I don't anticipate (Hill's job security) being an issue. I see him coming back."

  • At 3:43 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    I think you spoke for us all with your post on the Magic website, OVERWADED. Big Figure, nice e-mail you sent Otis. Unfortunately, it's a very discouraging sign that Otis is saying that Brian Hill is going to be back next season. I hope that Matt is right in saying that the Magic organization will eventually give in to public pressure,not listen to Smith, and relieve Brian Hill as coach.

    Even though the Magic got swept in the playoffs, I thought something positive would come out of it by that the Magic front office would further see the deficiencies in Hill's coaching that was evident in this series.

    The Magic did get their taste of playoff experience, and were close in 2 of the games. It's going to be a very important off-season for the Magic organization to make sure the right changes get made.

  • At 3:52 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    I am really stunned and surprised. I just voted in the Sentinel's online poll about whether the Magic need to make a head coaching change. So far, only 1128 (33.2%) people (including me) have said yes, while 2265 (66.8%) people say no! What's up with that?? I would have thought the results would be something like 80/20 in favor of Coach Hill being fired. I'm stunned that so many Magic fans want him back.

  • At 4:18 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!!!!! The sentinel should be banned,they shouldnt be allowed to cover magic basketball,the fans that voted in his favor are all blind and dumb.

  • At 4:30 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    That polling is a joke. Anybody can vote multiple times, as long as they re-start the browser. The results were totally the opposite yesterday before somebody started manipulating it.

  • At 12:49 AM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    I'm sure all of use remember how much the famous Sentinel poll was talked about in regards to Shaq leaving for LA. Regardless if any of it had to do with him leaving, any negative feedback Brian Hill's way is a good thing for this team. Right now, the "good guys" are catching up, it's about 45/55 right now.

  • At 1:00 AM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    Matt, you're totally right in regards to that poll.

    I just voted, and kept refreshing the page. Votes for Brian Hill were going up every second. It's 1 AM in the morning, how many people could possibly be voting on OrlandoSentinel.com at this time of the night?

    My guess is that it's Brian Hill. He and his family are probably hanging out. They had Otis over for dinner, to watch the playoffs, and they'll all voting for him over and over again!

  • At 1:20 AM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    I really can't believe there is some loser out there that continues to truly fix that poll. It's only been a matter of minutes, and the poll has been shifted a whole % point. I'm going to pretend I never saw that poll, as it only going to piss me off that someone will sit there is continuously vote for Brian Hill.

  • At 1:59 AM, Blogger OVERWADED said…


    You know, sometimes I'm a "conspiracy theorist". I couldn't resist myself, so I've been watching this so called coaching poll. It's been less than an hour, and there have been close to 200 votes at least for Brian Hill. Almost everytime I refresh the page, there is another vote or two for him. I know there are some software programs out there that can "auto-vote". But this poll really has me thinking. I mean, the Sentinel never posts anything negative towards Brian Hill. Hell, they rarely mention him. But this poll is obviously a joke, and if it really fixed for Hill, I wouldn't be surprised if it's brought up in talks in one way or another, as if Hill actually has the support of the majority of the fans.

  • At 7:52 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    I think there might be something to your "conspiracy theory" OVERWADED. Here it is after 7:30 on TUE night, and the majority still want Hill as coach. 3454 responses say we need a coaching change, while 5228 responses say no we don't. That's 39.8% for a change, 60.2% against a change.

    I know the poll results aren't scientific, and as Matt noted, it's easy to vote multiple times. OVERWADED, you noticed that early in the morning that Hill was getting votes, which indicates something is really fishy here.

    It would be just like the Magic organization to say that the majority of fans want BHill back, so the Magic won't make a coaching change, and that would be a shame.

    I had to shake my head during Game 4. When Redick was finally brought in in the first half, how many shots did he get off...one? I don't think the Magic ran a single screen for him so he could get off a shot. We desperately need a coach who has some idea how to draw up a game plan on offense, among other things.

  • At 9:48 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Oh and mike bianchi's article this morning doesnt help anything either. Read at your own risk!!!!!


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