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Orlando locked and loaded for future

Posted on: July 28, 2010 9:07 am
Posted by Matt Moore

The Orlando Magic are a force in the NBA. Despite making the Finals in 2009, and the Eastern Conference Finals in 2010, there are still those who dont' fully realize how good this Magic team has been. Much of this is on account of their style of play, which focuses on their three point shooting as part of their "1-in-4-out" strategy. The Magic set a record last season for made three pointers. They believe that this perimeter attack, when combined with Dwight Howard's physical play and their elite-level defense is a recipe for a championship.

So much so that they've locked into the approach for three more years.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the Magic have agreed to three-year extensions with both Stan Van Gundy and GM Otis Smith. The extensions are part of a wider range of moves that look to reformulate the structure of the front office with several executives being promoted and/or changing titles. Van Gundy's contract was set to expire at the end of this season. SVG has faced criticism from just about everyone, from Dwight Howard to Shaquille O'Neal to Michael Wilbon for his coaching style, which generally involves a lot of yelling. Teaching, to be sure. But a lot of yelling. And then screaming, and then more yelling. But despite all the criticism, and what I can only assume are a lot of throat lozenges, Van Gundy is effective. And that's what matters to Orlando ownership.

Meanwhile, as Magic blog Orlando Pinstriped Post points out , the Magic are primed for their best three-point shooting season yet. Of the nine players currently on roster with the Magic who do not play center, 8 of them had a three point shooting percentage above the league average last season. Their top four backcourt players (Nelson, Carter, Redick, Duhon) shot better than 37%. The Magic replaced two of their worst three-point shooters (Jason Williams and Matt Barnes) with two solid-to-great three point shooters in Quentin Richardson and Chris Duhon. The Magic are primed to hit from the perimeter like never before.

And they've got their abrasive general back as well.

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2010 7:32 pm

Orlando locked and loaded for future

by the way, where did they get this photo? Did someone just score a TD? Stan spends have the game like this.

Since: Nov 21, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2010 5:31 pm

Orlando locked and loaded for future

QRich and Duhon are "solid-to-great three point shooters"? The only three's in them as any Knick sufferer will tell you is three-and-out.

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2010 5:42 pm

Orlando locked and loaded for future

Great Move. I thank God we got SVG instead of Billy Donavon a few years back. He is firery and passionate which you love but he does seem to have trouble making in game adjustments. Otis Smith has done an outstanding job putting this team together. Rashard was a mistake but about the best FA we could get that year...he just paid too much. VC was a gamble that could have brought the Magic a championship if he had enough gas in the tank. I love the way Otis works things under the radar and I would not be suprised if we see a move before training camp. Can't wait to see them play in the new arena, just wish we had a banner to hang besides division and eastern conf. The road is uphill now with the drama in Miami. Anyway, good job Magic.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2010 4:20 pm

Orlando locked and loaded for future

His record speaks for itself. I just don't know if he is a Championship coach. Don't get me wrong, he earned the extension.  But when the Celtics shut down their offense in the Eastern Conference Finals he had NO answers.  He just stuck to what they did all season and it was game over. Great coaches adjust. I feel like Stan is more of a product of having great teams. Just my opinion. I know I'm gonna get slammed by Magic homers for saying that.

Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2010 3:31 pm

Orlando locked and loaded for future

I would love to see CP3 in a Orlando uni. He will make them an even bigger threat in the east. It would probally put them in the drivers seat to win the east and maybe taste the championship they have been seeking for many years.  I realy do hope the Magic are going after him.

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2010 2:36 pm

Orlando locked and loaded for future

They are going to need someone to back up CP3, because Jameer will be delt as part of the trade package to get him.

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2010 2:21 pm

Orlando locked and loaded for future

I see that the Magic picked up Chris Duhon.........WHY? He is nothing more than an average player at best, IF that!!! He's basically a HACCCCCCCCCK!!!!! Don't get me wrong, Duhon was a superb player at Duke, but he isn't an NBA player!!!!

Since: Oct 22, 2009
Posted on: July 28, 2010 10:26 am

Orlando locked and loaded for future

Great move by the Orlando Magic. SVG was the right man for this job. Billy Donovan turning down the Magic job was a big win for Orlando. SVG is a teacher and a solid X's and O's coach. He was pushed out of Miami and has done a great job in Orlando. How many draft picks has Orlando had over the years that never developed until they left town ? Matt Harpring, Corey Maggette. JJ Redick was on his way to the same fate until SVG changed all that. Otis Smith is also a great move. He is not afraid to pull the trigger on moves and with the exception of Rashard Lewis getting a big contrat, he has made solid moves. Look forward to seeing what he does when Vince Carter comes off the books. With Smith and Van Gundy around, the Orlando Arena will be full for years.

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2010 9:34 am

Orlando locked and loaded for future

Good move...I think Stan the Man is a great coach...I think GM Otis Smith has done a wonderful job, a few mistakes here & there (Rashard Lewis's contract).. If he can get rid of Vince Carter and his contract for any type of value, look for the Magic to be even better positioned to pick up an impact player in the future...

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