Orlando Magic News & Notes: SVG Defends His Style, Howard Wants To Work With Hakeem

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Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel has quote from Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy defending his team’s style of play:

“Especially from an offensive standpoint, this is a personnel driven league,” Van Gundy continued. “You do with what you have. We get it from our media all the time and our fans. We’ll have those nights, 2-for-23 from three. They say you gotta drive the ball more. Who? Who? That’s my question. Who? Who’s going to drive the ball? That’s not who we have. If I had a different team, there are a lot of guys in the league that I wouldn’t shoot threes with. We have who we have and we’re going to build our system around it.”

Van Gundy continued to talk about the team’s offensive philosophy and its relationship with the media.

“You can’t worry about all that criticism. If we take 23 threes and we make 11 or 12, or even eight or nine, the media writes about how good your ball movement was. They shared the ball, their ball movement was great.["]

Brian Schmitz says the Gilbert Arenas has a chance to win over Magic fans:

He could own this town like he owned all of Washington, D.C., providing he can regain his old all-star form next season.

He could make people forget about the infamous lockeroom gun incident with the Wizards. He could justify being Orlando’s highest-paid player.

And everybody loves a comeback story, especially when it’s told by Gilbert.

Philip Rossman-Reich of Orlando Magic Daily ranks the top 10 small forwards in Magic history here.

Per BasketSession.com, Dwight Howard wants to meet up with Hakeem Olajuwon again. Dime Magazine translated and reported the story:

The Magic center says he plans to meet up with Olajuwon again at some point this summer because if he wants to continue to meet his goals and get better, meeting up with the Dream is necessary.

Howard attended Comic Con to promote a cartoon. McCann has that story (and pictures) 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: Dennis Scott, Dwight Howard, Gilbert Arenas, Grant Hill, Jameer Nelson, Mike Miller, Orlando Magic, Stan Van Gundy, Trevor Ariza

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