Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Let the trumpets blare as there is a HUGE, magnificent announcement!
Posted by Jordan Geary at Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Updating my previous post, this comes from Florida Today:
ORLANDO -- A day after the Orlando Magic finally got their full squad back on the court together the injury bug struck again on Tuesday. Rashard Lewis tried to practice Tuesday, but once again pulled up lame on his sore right ankle.
Shooting guard J.J. Redick had to sit out because of lingering pain in the right hand that he broke prior to training camp. And point guard Jameer Nelson was unable to practice because of a stomach virus.
On the positive side, Trevor Ariza and Keyon Dooling – who missed all three of the games the Magic played while in China – not only practiced Tuesday, but Van Gundy said they were two of the best players in drills. Ariza had been out with tendinitis in his foot, while Dooling had been bothered by pain in his groin and hip.
Posted by Jordan Geary at Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Magic management is saying one thing today:
Indeed, Keith Bogans is the only starter who could conceivably be called a
stopper. He's a rough and ready performer who would be more effective on a
Posted by Jordan Geary at Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
First off: New website announcement is still a little ways off since we still need to get our ducks in a row. Should be soon though!
Posted by Jordan Geary at Monday, October 22, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Sorry in advance for the short entry today, but I am extensively with some cohorts on a new website that promises to rock your socks off. More news on that later.
For now, Yahoo is predicting the Magic will win the Southeast. That love we were looking for all these years is allllllllmost here. Now we just have to win, which shouldn't be too hard right? Right?
Good lord I hope Rashard's legs hold up.
Have a great weekend everyone and hopefully by the next entry I'll have exciting news to share.
Posted by Jordan Geary at Friday, October 19, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Note: This was supposed to be posted yesterday, but as you know Blogger crapped out on everyone yesterday. Here it is in belated fashion:
Posted by Jordan Geary at Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Very few things in this world make me laugh out loud: The movie "Killer Klowns From Outer Space", Joe Namath trying to kiss Suzy Kolber, and the complete and utter annihilation of collar-poppers...yup that's about it.
Los Angeles Lakes owner Jerry Buss has displayed an open mind to the idea of a
trade for their perennial superstar. Rob Pelinka, Bryant's agent, has stated that Bryant has expressed interest in a few teams thus far, the Dallas Mavericks, the Phoenix Suns, and the Chicago Bulls. Surprisingly, however, Bryant has told his agent that the East "intrigues" him, presumably two teams, the Chicago Bulls and the Orlando Magic."He says that the thought of playing alongside Dwight Howard has intrigued him." Pelinka said, a void that has been missing from the Lakers team since Shaquille O'neal's departure. "The idea of a trade, however, is of course still far too premature".
Ted: "The fact that you slept with her. Ugh, I just couldn't get it out of my head, like that damn Chumbawumba song."
Marshall: "Oh, which Chumbawumba song?"
Posted by Jordan Geary at Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Posted by Jordan Geary at Monday, October 15, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Tonight Stan Van Gundy and the evil known as "He Whom We Do Not Name" (Pat Riley) square off for the first of many grudge matches this season. With such an interesting story line, it's amazing that the NBA is not televising this game nationally...and instead televising the games in China at 8am in the morning. David Stern will truly never rest until the entire globe is under the control of his synthetic balls.
Posted by Jordan Geary at Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Posted by Jordan Geary at Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tonight the Magic play the Bobcats, a team that is also looking to make a splash in the Southeast Division with their acquisition of Jason Richardson. It will be fun to see Trevor Ariza play Gerald Wallace, a player most fans compare Ariza to. Similarly, Hedo will be playing against Sleepy from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Posted by Jordan Geary at Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Posted by Jordan Geary at Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Pardon the belatedness of this post, but the internet is garbage. On the upside, I should only have to wait until Wednesday for the high speed cable to be put in. I feel like I'm on a deserted island until then.
Let's turn to the subject at hand: Rarely does a game featuring Sheldon Williams generate any sort of interest, but this is the first game of the preseason! The Magic take on the Hawks and we finally get to check out some of the new players Orlando will roll out.
Here is a quick guide to what could be the starting lineups:
C- Dwight Howard: We get to see our man-child grow another year. Sigh...they grow so fast!
PF- Rashard Lewis: 8 billion dollar contracts and hype motivate people...right?
SF- Hedo Turkoglu: Flip a coin and let's see if he is red hot or ice cold tonight!
SG- Keith Bogans: Flex position should see a lot of changes, but Bogans has been working hard.
PG- Jameer Nelson: Want that extension? How bad? (Dangles it above his head)
C- Al Horford: Time to earn your stripes, rook. You get to play an All-Star in your first game.
PF- Josh Smith: Looks like the monster from Young Frankenstein, but super talented.
SF- Marvin Williams: Alright, he may never reach the lofty expectations, but he's improving.
SG- Joe Johnson: The guy everyone will be looking at for scoring on the Hawks this season.
PG- Speedy Claxton: Shifty guard who really has bizarre/wonderful team photo headshots.
Key Thingamajigs To Watch:
-JJ Redick's defense is the only thing keeping him out of being a starter. Will that improve, or will he just be one crappy DUI mugshot?
-How will the combo of Dwight and Rashard (Or Dwashard for short) work in an actual game situation?
-Who the F will rebound besides Dwight?
-Will Carlos Arroyo or Keyon Dooling actually challenge for the starting PG spot? Jameer's agent might kill them with a shovel.
-Hopefully all of our guys stay healthy, we see some promise out of our young guys (Gortat, Auggie), and some insight into who deserves that SG spot.
Posted by Jordan Geary at Monday, October 08, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
I'm excited for the Magic's first preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks like a schoolgirl who just found her first crisp 2 dollar bill under her pillow from the toothfairy.
Alright, that analogy died about halfway through writing it.
Still, the season is quickly approaching and that means it is time to continue the NBA Pooptacular Season Preview! This time, we'll be focusing on Lebron's Central Division.
First, just to go through the daily Magic news, JJ Redick is apparently doing well with his defense. He better be, because Stan Van Gundy's hope for a defensive-minded guard make Trevor Ariza the favorite. I really hope that the D in DUI stands for "defense" so that JJ can play his way into the rotation. While my preference is still Ariza, I do worry about how much his shot has improved. We have a guy in JJ who is an amazing shooter and sucks and defense and another player in Ariza who is the exact opposite. I say we build a machine to combine them and call it a day. I'll leave that task up to you guys.
PREDICTED CENTRAL DIVISION STANDINGS:
1) Chicago Bulls
Everyone and their mother is picking Cleveland to win this division, but those same people make their picks by looking at last year's standings. F' em, I say! Chicago is my pick to have the best record in the East because their promising young talent finally is clicking together. Gordon is good (albeit a bit streaky), but Deng is really the cool cat of the bunch with the all-star future. I kinda think that he looks like Hellboy with his exaggerated brow and wide smile. Anyone else? No? Well, alright then.
Detroit will never die, and since they are SOOOOO boring to watch I am going to silently hope for a big injury to one of their players. Perhaps Tayshaun Prince actually eats something for the first time in 10 years and it makes his insides explode? Maybe Rip Hamilton gets mistaken for Jason from Friday the 13th, or some other mask-wearer, and gets gunned down by the police? I don't know, but if someone would please break up this boring dynasty I would be very happy.
This is one team that I think will experience a major downswing in wins. Lebron is amazing, but his supporting cast really overachieved last year and will come back to earth. Toss in the fact that Sideshow Bob (Varejao) could still leave and you have a possible recipe for disaster. This team and the Heat will be the subject of "biggest dissapointment" in multiple annoying Steven A. Smith segments on ESPN. Ugh...I'm dreading them already.
Just how old IS Yi? A lot of people think he is actually in his mid-20s or older, but I will go even higher than that and say he is immortal. Why? Who else could have the power to refuse individual workouts against other players before the draft, post up a CHAIR for scouts, and still get drafted so high? I'm telling you that he is magical.
Besides Yi, this team is actually deceptively strong at a lot of positions, and they are a team that I am picking with an outside shot of making the playoffs. Redd, Mo Williams, Charlie Bell, Yi, Bogut...they have some firepower that could actually do something if it gels. The only thing that could ruin it is the soul-crushing crappiness of their team name.
Posted by Jordan Geary at Friday, October 05, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
The fun thing about not having internet and going off of others' wireless networks? You are completely at the mercy of other people having their computers on! Fun, fun times are had by all as the blank webpage reads "Connection to the internet is not possible" all day. To make it even more enjoyable, Time Warner said they are unable to install television/internet in my new place until next Wednesday.
There is almost too much joy to handle!
Ah well, we'll keep today short because it's obviously already evening and nothing big seems to have come out today regarding the Magic. The only notable things came in HoopsWorld and Brian Schmitz's blog.
With nothing really else to report, we will turn to some quick tidbits from my demented head:
-I just got the Athlon Sports NBA Preview guide and it has some interesting things I didn't know: The Ft. Myers Miracle, the Orlando area minor league baseball team, had "Billy Donovan Night" after he left the Magic in the lurch. They gave out free waffles to be ironic, and offered all fans the chance to leave and get their money back if they could convince the attorney they had at the stadium (no joke). Only one guy left.
Posted by Jordan Geary at Thursday, October 04, 2007