Orlando Magic News & Notes: Earl Clark & China, Magic Set To Lose $7 Million?

Earl Clark says playing time was the biggest reason for his move to China:

“It is a good thing for Earl,” said Happy Walters, Clark’s agent. “He will get a lot of minutes, a lot of work on his game and 15-20 shots a game. He is young and he needs to be on the court.”

The CBA regular season ends in mid-March, meaning Clark can potentially sign with another NBA team once the China season is over.

Zach McCann talked to a former player Laron Profit, who played in China:

“It’s like New Year’s Eve on Times Square all the time,” Profit said.

Another way China basketball games can be like New Year’s Eve on Times Square: The temperature. Some of the gyms in China are kept at a lower temperature than the balmy 65-70 degrees inside NBA arenas.

“You’d be on the bench and you’d have on your sweats, your jacket, your warm-up and your coat,” said Profit, who lives in Washington, D.C., and works as an individual basketball trainer and radio broadcaster. “You have to deal with the elements. Over there, they look at you as an American and think that you’re almost super human.”

Otis Smith looked a little like Kevin Durant.

Check out the new Magic licence plates.

Philip Rossman-Reich says the Magic could lose up to $7 million:

The Magic though? They stand to lose $6.7 million if the lockout cancels the season. That is ninth in the league. And arguably Orlando is the smallest market in the top 10, a signal of both Orlando’s massive payroll and its shiny new arena.

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