Orlando Magic News & Notes: Melo, Sticks, Blocks, Building Magic

Apr. 28, 2010 - Denver, United States - epa02135928 Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets scores against the Utah Jazz in the third quarter in Denver, Colorado, USA, 28 April, 2010. The Nuggets won 116-102 with Utah leading the series 3-2.

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Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports the Magic have not had contact with the Denver Nuggets about a potential deal for Carmelo Anthony.

Just don’t get your hopes up too high, Magic fans.

I asked Magic President of Basketball Operations Otis Smith moments ago whether he’s had any trade talks with the Denver Nuggets about Anthony.

“We have not,” Smith said.

Smith might be engaging in a bit of gamesmanship here. After all, if you were the general manager of an NBA team, would you admit to a reporter that you’ve talked about acquiring a superstar?

You can read that story here.

Jameer Nelson’s annual “Building Magic” week is underway.

Magic players typically spend 2 to 2½ hours each morning at Summit Sports Training Center in Villanova, Pa., to do strength and conditioning work. One day, they might supplement a weightlifting session with some yoga. Another day, they might do some boxing (though there’s no sparring involved).

In the afternoons, the Magic players gather at Haverford College in Haverford, Pa., to focus on basketball work. They scrimmage — sometimes with current and former NBA players from the Philadelphia area who have been invited by Nelson.

Team-building activities include bowling, paintball, a barbeque dinner and a Philadelphia Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park.

You can find that story here.

Want to learn more about Orlando’s 4-out/1-in sets? Click here.

Take a more in-depth look at Dwight Howard’s shot-blocking by the numbers here.

Former UConn forward and long-time NBA player Donyell Marshall discusses Stanley Robinson’s NBA future.

“I’ve always felt that Stanley Robinson is going to be a better NBA player than he was a college player because he’s so athletic and it’s an up and down game,” Marshall said. “He can get you eight to 10 points in transition alone.

“That’s why I was surprised that he fell so far down because I thought teams would be able to see that and say the same thing.”

Marshall believes that the Magic will be a good fit for Robinson.

Gavin Keefe has that story here.

Fans are already eager for the NBA season to start.

George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel thinks the Magic should hold on to Adonal Foyle.

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