Orlando Magic News & Notes: More On The Draft, J-Rich Expendable?

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Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel wonders if the drafting of DeAndre Liggins could lead the Magic to promote J.J. Redick to starter and forget about Jason Richardson:

With Liggins and veteran Quentin Richardson, the Magic’s concerns about Redick’s defense in certain matchups might be alleviated.

GM Otis Smith said he believes Redick is ready to be a starter — and the Bulls felt the same way last summer when they signed J.J. to an offer sheet.

Smith was attracted to Liggins’ ability to defend and certainly his toughness. Liggins, raised in the Chicago projects, was in his early teens when his older brother was gunned down and his father died of diabetes.

Raul Barrigon of Hoops Hype talked to Justin Harper about a week back:

You’ve shown that you’re a threat on the perimeter, but how would you rate your inside game?

JH: Well, out of 10 I would say my inside game is a 7 right now. I still got some things that I definitely have to work on, being more physical on the post. But I have confidence when I’m on the post, but it’s definitely an area where I can improve.

Rather than talk about his free agency, Dwight Howard continues to give back:

Saturday’s bowling event at AMF Altamonte Lanes also drew former Magic stars Nick Anderson, Darrell Armstrong and Bo Outlaw, Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Jeff Faine and Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Powell, who is one of Howard’s closest friends in the NBA.

“Anything I can do to help with the kids and with a local guy like Dwight here in Orlando, my hometown, I’m excited to be a part of this,” Faine said.

Philip Rossman-Reich of Orlando Magic Daily says Jeff Van Gundy nailed Orlando’s problems:

Of course, it is a positive when you win and a negative when you lose. Some of Gilbert Arenas’ antics this summer have drawn criticism as he tries to release himself a little bit from his self-imposed prison. But you can see some chemistry problems arising when Arenas lashed out at Otis Smith a few times on Twitter. He has already said he thinks the team should be given a full year (something, I tend to agree with, except for just a training camp). There was a post (I cannot seem to find it, might have been deleted) where Arenas said he is a professional basketball player and thought it was ridiculous that Otis Smith would ask him not to play. And, of course, Dwight Howard came out and said he believed Stan Van Gundy used Arenas the wrong way this season.

You can see what the NBA TV crew thought about Orlando’s draft here.

(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger, ESPN 1080′s Magic Insider (http://espn1080.com) and is the co-host of the ESPN1080.com Insiders Show Sunday mornings at 10:00 am EST. Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter to follow him daily. You can download the HTD app here).

Topics: Deandre Liggins, Dwight Howard, Gilbert Arenas, J.j. Redick, Justin Harper, Orlando Magic

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