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News » Orlando Magic Notes, Quotes 2009-10-18

Orlando Magic Notes, Quotes 2009-10-18

Orlando Magic Notes, Quotes 2009-10-18--One of the biggest issues during the exhibition schedule is how much Coach Stan Van Gundy should be using Rashard Lewis, who will be unavailable for the first 10 games of the regular season because of his NBA suspension. Van Gundy gave him considerable playing time early, but he expects to cut him out of the rotation almost entirely in the last two exhibition games, preferring to experiment with his lineups. When Lewis returns, it likely could affect more than just one position because he expects to play both power forward and small forward this season. Lewis became an All-Star last season at power forward, but Magic acquired Bass in hopes of moving Lewis more to small forward this season.

--G/F Mickael Pietrus almost had off-season surgery on his troublesome right wrist, but said he didn't want to miss training camp. He hurt it originally last season after falling on it and he missed 12 games because of it. He said he still isn't 100 percent, but he plans to play this season with the soreness and possible have the surgery early next summer.

MAIN REASON MAGIC CAN WIN: They have a great inside-outside mix that revolves around Dwight Howard, the league's best center, who dominates in the paint and opens the floor for everyone else. They have both experience and athleticism. They also have the deepest team in franchise history.

MAIN REASON MAGIC CAN LOSE: The addition of Vince Carter could upset the delicate team chemistry. Carter, for all his individual glory, never has played with a dominating center and never been deep in the playoffs. He isn't the unselfish passer that Hedo Turkoglu was, and guys may not get the ball like they did with Turkoglu in control.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "This team should be better than the Miami one I played on (and won a championship with in 2006)." -- G Jason Williams.

Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 18, 2009


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