Orlando Magic News & Notes: Dwight's Movie, Previews, Embracing The Underdog Role (Again)

East All-Star Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic blocks a shot by West All-Star Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets during the NBA All-Star Game weekend at the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, in Texas, USA on February 14, 2010. Photo by Tolga Adanali/AA/Cameleon/ABACAPRESS.COM

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It still seems very unlikely Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony will team up on the court but they are teaming up on the big screen.

The Orlando Magic’s website has the NBA’s press release announcing the project, co-starring their eternally camera-ready pivot. Interestingly enough, the Denver Nuggets’ site doesn’t appear to have a palette-swapped story promoting Carmelo’s role, which means I must don my offseason hype hat.

Clearly this means the Nuggets plan to sever ties with ‘Melo forthwith. Doing this movie will lead to “Super Friends 2,” which sounds like a movie but is actually a sequel to a basketball team. Detail for me immediately the best trade offer your favorite team can propose. Have you taken leave of your senses, man? They would never move him for that. “Small Wonder” was really about the ’83 Pistons. Vicki was a metaphor for Earl Cureton and America’s response to the advance of Japanese automotive technology. What is La La saying now? That is supremely relevant. OK, hat off.

Dan Devine of Ball Don’t Lie has that story here.

Evans Clinchy of NESN previews the Magic here.

The Magic are embracing the underdog role – again.
And Orlando is still a very good team. But the one element that was missing was the underdog feeling.

Shaquille O’Neal was wrong when he called the Magic a “front runner” two years ago while he was still with Phoenix. Orlando is not a front runner.

The team is a dogged fighter who wants to prove everyone wrong. The Magic are like Seabiscuit. You have to hold them back and have them look into the eye of their opponent before zooming past them.

That might have been the big thing that went wrong last year (besides Rashard Lewis getting sick at the absolute wrong time). Orlando got comfortable being the favorite. Against teams like Charlotte and Atlanta, that does not matter. The Magic were clearly the better team. But against equal teams — like Boston — Orlando quite possibly needed that extra motivation and edge to overcome them.

Philip Rossman-Reich of Orlando Magic Daily has that story here.

Former Magic Forward Matt Barnes isn’t worthy of Nick Van Exel’s jersey.

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