Out of Playoffs
14. New Jersey
15. New York
Magic are ripped in a lazy write up by someone named Jessica Camerato:
6. Orlando Magic: Rashard Lewis was supposed to help Dwight Howard lead the Magic on a deep postseason run. That didn't happen. The Magic fell short in the playoffs and have done little to spark hope for a championship next season. They will need more than Mickael Pietrus off the bench to make up for their thin backcourt, which boasts a mediocre point guard in Jameer Nelson and the rarely-used-but-never-traded J.J. Redick. Howard's shoulders are not big enough to carry this team.Nice job of getting nearly every fact wrong in just five sentences. Lewis was brought in to advance the Magic in the playoffs. 5 wins vs. 0 the year before is progress. "Deep postseason run?" Is a straw man designed to get knocked down. Good sign of a bad reporter. Everyone knows the talk at the start of the season was the Magic were likely to go backwards from their 40 win season the year prior.
"Magic fell short..." by getting killed by Detroit's guards. Pietrus, you could argue, was brought in specifically to help against Detroit in the playoffs. And he's penciled to start, not come off the bench.
"little to spark hope for a championship..." His name is Dwight Howard. He is a huge man. He is very young. He is already at the top of the league as First Team All-Pro center, and the only center on the Olympic NBA team. Oh, and by the way the Magic sold over 100% of the available seats last year and are building a new arena. "Little hope" my ass.
Back-court ... mediocre ... D'uh. That's why Evans, Dooling and Arroyo are gone and replaced by taller or more athletic guards.
J.J. Redick... Ouch. Our guards suck because 14th man J.J. Redick is one of them? Since when do we compare the guys who don't dress for games when picking the order of our playoff teams? How stupid can a reporter be?
"Howard's shoulders are not big enough to carry this team." Yes they are, you stupid ignoramus. He's Superman.