Orlando Magic News & Notes: Bobcats Rip Off the Magic, Does Vince Need To Lead?


Can someone explain to me why the Charlotte Bobcats are trying to look exactly like the Orlando Magic? The pinstripes, the style and the numbers are all extremely similar to Orlando’s jerseys. This is the biggest rip-off since the Bullets became the Wizards. Way to be original, Bobcats.

John Hollinger and Ric Bucher took a look at the Magic in their offseason Buzz here.

Two ways to look at the Magic’s offseason overhaul: They messed with a formula that got them to the Finals for the first time in 14 years, or they reloaded to improve their chances at finishing the job and winning a title this time around. Their chance of doing the latter probably will depend less on personnel upgrades and more on the maturation of Dwight Howard — or the sudden evolution of Vince Carter — into a bona fide leader. No team has ever won a championship without its best player leading the charge and those are Orlando’s two candidates.

I think Dwight is already becoming a leader and I don’t understand why the team’s floor leader, Jameer Nelson, can’t be a vocal leader for a championship team.

I also think that these two are missing the boat on the personel upgrades – they are very important. The Magic have gone from a good starting rotation with some solid backups to the deepest team in the entire league. Their second unit is very good. In my opinion, it’s the best second unit in the entire NBA. As I pointed out yesterday, I love the confidence that Nelson has and that he brings to this team. They don’t need to Vince Carter to be a vocal leader. It’d be nice but all they need Carter to do is play smart offensively and be a playmaker for himself and his teammates and make sure that he brings it on the defensive end every night.

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