With New Coach Or Not, Magic Will Look Different...
With Dwight Howard on his left, Trevor Ariza on his right.
J.J. Redick will be stationed in the corner, salivating at taking another open 3-pointer.
Darko Milicic, at the top of the key, will be looking to shoot or deftly pass to Vince Carter or Gerald Wallace on a backdoor cut.
Off the bench come Keyon Dooling, Hedo Turkoglu, Grant Hill, Tony Battie and P.J. Brown.
Is this what the "new" Magic could look like next season (with some salary-cap magic, obviously)?
Who's on the sideline calling the plays?
Is it Brian Hill or somebody else?
Ah, our crystal ball is . . . fading. Maybe we'll find out by The Fourth of July.
If we believe that at least some of the issues the Magic are trying to resolve with Hill truly are court-related, then the Magic are going to go through changes.
Changes stylistically, changes strategically, changes philosophically.
Hello, ball movement and spacing.
Pick up the tempo and --- contrary to popular belief --- you can actually committ fewer turnovers than in the half-court, where things get stagnant.
The Magic want to turn Howard into Amare Stoudemire East.
They could use Steve Nash, sure, which is why, I'd guess, there's a lot of debate at RDV Sportsplex over Nelson between Hill and GM Otis Smith as the point guard.
And throw Darko into that discussion. Just what do the Magic have if they re-sign him and allow him to expand his natural game?
Ariza curiously was little, if any, factor in the playoffs. He's raw offensively with some turnover issues, pretty good defensively and offers non-stop hard-nosed hustle. Doesn't he just need to play through mistakes? Same goes for Redick, a gifted shooter who seldom had help needed to spring him open for shots.
Aren't the Magic trying to figure out what they ARE?
Isn't this what this "evaluation" of Hill is all about?
Or is it?