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Thursday, April 29, 2010

The value of Magic backup center Marcin Gortat

In this article from Yahoo! Sports' Associated Press Writer Antonio Gonzalez. he writes why it turned out to be a wise investment for the Magic to match the Dallas Mavericks' 34 million dollar offer sheet last summer on the restricted free agent.


  • At 1:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    dallas fan here

    Orlando is built with depth. Costly backup, perhaps. But less expensive than losing a series because of injury or foul trouble, watching your players get older, thinking about what might have been...

    Mavs lost their series tonight. I posted here they had weaknesses and were falling into bad habits - despite their long win streak after the trade. And depth? Gortat backing up Howard is much better than Najera backing up Dirk.

    Good luck guys. The champ will come out of the east and I lean to Orlando over Cleveland.

  • At 3:30 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Dallas fan, thanks for checking in, and sorry about your Mavericks losing out in the first round... 3 out of the last 4 years now they have been eliminated in the first round. They had the best road record in the NBA this season, but lost all 3 games in San Antonio.

    Their point differential this season wasn't very good, and as a result, a lot of experts didn't think they would go too far in the playoffs, and they didn't. You can take consolation in the fact the Mavericks were the only team to defeat the Magic by double digits in Orlando this season, but the Magic beat the Mavericks in Dallas later on.

    It should be an interesting off-season for the Mavs to see what moves they make, as they are definitely getting older, as you pointed out.

    You bring up a real good point about depth; the Magic certainly have it this season.

    Thanks for your good wishes regarding the Magic, and feel free to drop in here anytime.

  • At 3:42 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    I supported Otis Smith's decision to match Gortat's offer from DAL. Although his play has been less stellar in the play-offs (lower energy level) his presence has saved the nights when Dwight had been in foul trouble.

    I am sorry for DAL's loss since I was of the opinion that only DAL and DEN could give LAL a run for their money. Ironically, one is gone and the fate of the other is still questionable. Last night, I was rooting for DAL, and there were moments which seemed that they would be able to win the game sending the series back to DAL. I guess their lack of depth in PF position cost them big. I think they will come back stronger next year as Kidd seems ageless, and they will have Butler from the get go.

  • At 1:39 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Cuban may tear things up.

  • At 7:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    dallas fan here

    The Mavs are an enigma in many respects. Off season could be interesting, or not! I do not get caught up in it emotionally.

    It really was not PF depth that was a problem, that was just an example. Dirk is an iron horse. The Mavs have lots of issues - age, guards, odd rotations, depth, two starters who struggle to score (Kidd/Dampier, although Kidd could hit 3s this year), tendency to become jump shooters and slack off on defense. All that said, they are still pretty good just as they are.

    Enough about the Mavs. Orlando has suffered from Shaq leaving, Penny, Grant Hill injuries...time to make up for it!


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