Update: Tania Ganguli is reporting that Rashard Lewis will not start any more games.
Forward Rashard Lewis won’t start any more exhibition games, Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy said. The Magic will get used to not having him in their starting lineup, which they won’t for 10 games as he serves a suspension stemming from a positive drug test.
The one lineup option Van Gundy has yet to try this preseason that he said he still needs to get to is playing Matt Barnes at power forward. He also said he might try Marcin Gortat there.
“You know, just a lot of the stuff that Rashard can do,” Barnes said, when asked what he could bring to the position. “He’s such a great shooter. Any time you lose an all-star it’s going to take a group effort to try to replace him. So just being able to guard athletic 4s, maybe trap some point guards a little better. Stretch the floor. I don’t know, we’ll see.”
This comes as no surprise to anyone as Magic Head Coach Stan Van Gundy already hinted at it several times. Van Gundy used Lewis the right way. He let him get himself ready and now will let the team get used to playing without him. This should ensure that Lewis is back in a basketball state-of-mind but will also prepare the other players for Orlando’s first 10 games.
See Ganguli’s full practice report here.
Brian Schmitz has learned five things about the Orlando Magic in the preseason thus far.
The Orlando Magic can boast about having the best preseason record (5-0) in the NBA. That, and $4, can get you a hoity-toity coffee at Starbucks, as they say.
Yeah, we know: They’re practice games.
Except … there has to be some good things going on here. You can’t totally discount it. Why, you ask? Well, look at the flip side. Can you imagine the growing fan and media unrest if the Magic were 0-5?
Columnists, bloggers and Twitterers would scream, “What’s wrong with the Magic? Do they have Finals’ hangover? Did Smith make too many changes? Should Dwight Howard give up his acting career?”
Read the full story here.
Tania Ganguli discusses the promise that the Magic have shown during the preseason here.
Dwight Howard’s father caught a very special souvenir in the stands on Tuesday night.
C Dwight Howard took off his basketball shoes and tossed them into the stands after the Magic’s preseason win against the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night in Wichita, Kan.
Guess who caught one of the souvenirs?
Dwight Howard’s father, that’s who.
“I sold it,” laughed Dwight Howard Sr. “Nah, I gave it to somebody in the stands.”
Click here to see the rest of the story.
Memphis Coach Lionel Hollins was fined $25,000 for criticiszing the officiating in Monday night’s game.
Ganguli has the scoop on Hollins and much more in her mid-morning buzz.
Click here to find out why Orlando WILL win the NBA Championship this season.
NBA.com has a video preview of the Orlando Magic featuring Eric Snow and former Magic Forward Dennis
Don’t forget to tune in to Sun Sports on Tuesday night for a special Magic preview.
MAGIC PRESEASON SPECIAL Presented By Southern Ford Dealers
Original Show Looks Ahead To The 2009-10 NBA Season
Premieres on Sun Sports Tuesday, October 20, at 8 p.m.
ORLANDO – The NBA season is quickly approaching, and after last year’s NBA Finals appearance, the Orlando Magic expect to be a force to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference during the 2009-10 season. Sun Sports and FOX Sports Florida are offering a preview of the magic that is sure to come this season. The Magic Preseason Special Presented by Southern Ford Dealers, hosted by Paul Kennedy, debuts Tuesday, October 20 at 8 p.m. on Sun Sports.
The 2009-10 season will be the Orlando Magic’s last at the Amway Arena before they move down the street to the brand-new Amway Center when the 2010 season tips off. Paul spent some time at the site of the new building and gives viewers an update on what is sure to be one of the NBA’s finest arenas.
The new-look Magic are sure to excite fans all across the country this season with their original, high-energy style of play. Fans will get to see David Steele break down the new additions to an already-talented Magic roster, including forwards Brandon Bass, Ryan Anderson and Matt Barnes as well as eight-time NBA All-Star Vince Carter.
Carter also sat down with Whit Watson for the Magic Preseason Special and talked about returning home to Central Florida as a member of the Magic. Carter grew up in Daytona Beach and attended Mainland High School before heading to the University of North Carolina and becoming known as one of the NBA’s best athletes and one of the most acrobatic, high-flying dunkers in the world. Fans will also get to watch as Jessica Blaylock talks with Magic superstar center Dwight Howard about how Superman spent his summer vacation.
Finally, Matt Guokas sat down with head coach Stan Van Gundy to talk about the expectations for his team heading into the 2009-10 season. After a successful 2008-09 campaign, the Magic are entering the season with high goals and a hopeful return trip to the NBA Finals.
The Magic Preseason Special will re-air on Sun Sports on Wednesday, October 21 at 9:30 p.m., Friday, October 23 at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, October 24 at noon and Monday, October 26 at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. The show will also air on FOX Sports Florida on Saturday, October 24 at noon and on Sunday, October 25 at 3 p.m. Also, be sure to check the Web site at sunsportstv.com or fsfloridatv.com for a full listing of all of the Magic coverage on Sun Sports and FOX Sports Florida this season.
For all you Orlando residents, your Florida Tuskers are now 2-0.
And don’t forget to check out my weekly college football blog.