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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

NBA GMs dis Magic in survey

The league executives who responded to the eighth annual NBA.com GM survey picked the Lakers to win another NBA title, with Boston and Cleveland sharing second place.

The Magic received only 7 percent to win the conference and no votes to earn its first championship.

Here is the link for the article from cbssports.com

7 Comments:

  • At 7:51 PM, Blogger Ken said…

    Who pays any attention to cbs anyway?

     
  • At 9:36 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    The poll didn't have anything to do with cbssports.com. It was distributed by nba.com to the general managers around the league, and the results of which were made public by the various media outlets.

    No big surprise that the Cavs and Celts are everyone's darlings to win the East. The Magic didn't get much respect last season, and with all the turnover on the team in the off-season, the Magic will have to earn respect and prove themselves all over again.

     
  • At 12:51 AM, Blogger Ken said…

    I know Mike, i was just being snarky. We shouldn't be surprised that as long as the cav's have Lebron and the celtics have KG, Dwight and the Magic will always be an after thought. Last year the Magic made them all look like idiots, they can do it again this year too..

     
  • At 1:40 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    No problem, Ken!

    I'm looking forward to the Magic making fools of all the so-called "experts" too this season.

     
  • At 10:56 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    That is how it looks on the paper, folks. Is CLE better than last year by adding Shaq? I think so. Is BOS better with KG in the mix? No doubt. Both teams have not lost any - if I am not mistaken - and added some pieces. CLE is still open to debate because last year their problems with Magic was not only at front court but also at guards' positions, at which position Magic has improved.

    As Mike mentioned, Magic has changed quite a bit with Hedo out and Vince in. Is Magic better than last year? I think so, but they have to prove it on the court to the outsiders who want to see evidence-based improvements. My concern is with BOS being in Magic's way for making it to the Finals again. Upon getting there, I do not find LAL better than last year losing Ariza to get an older Artest, which besides his typical theatrics, does not fare well against Ariza, in my book.

     
  • At 10:37 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    You're right, Matt. Both the Celtics and Cavaliers did not have any major losses personnel-wise over the off-season.

    The Cavs lost Wally Szczerbiak and Joe Smith, while the Celts lost Leon Powe; certainly not major players for either team.

    I wonder how much of a distraction the Delonte West situation in Cleveland will be for them. I thought he played pretty good against the Magic in the playoffs last season. They better hope he gets his personal problems settled sometime this season.

    Shaquille O'Neal said earlier today that he thinks this Cavs' team is the best team he's ever been on. That's just hype; they will have to prove it on the court.

    I tend to believe, like Matt, that the Celtics are the bigger threat to the Magic rather than the Cavaliers.

     
  • At 11:52 AM, Blogger Ken said…

    All of the celtic hype is contingent on one thing.. Weather or not Garnett can return to form. If he can, then yes, the celtics are the biggest obstacle that stand in the Magics way. Alot can happen in 82 games and we all know Garnett isn't 20 years old anymore. Personally, I think the celtics have more to prove than the Magic. I'm not buying into their hype just yet..
    As far as Shaq and the cav's go.. Well, shaq is shaq, lets wait and see how many games he plays this year. Shaq is notorious for those mid season lay-offs where he gets bored and rides the pine until the play-offs start. I think Shaq is just biding his time and honoring his contract because thats the way Sarge raised him, but is just going through the motions until said contract expires...

     

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