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  • Aug
    9

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    Lebron James is going to make the Cleveland Cavaliers sweat it out through the free agency process following the 2009-2010 NBA season.  The star has indicated that he will not sign an extension with the Cavaliers during the course of the upcoming NBA season.

    Not surprising at all.  James will likely sign the biggest deal in NBA history during next year’s free agency beauty pageant…

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  • Jun
    26

    The New Jersey Nets agreed to trade Vince Carter and Ryan Anderson to the Orlando Magic for Rafer Alston, Tpny Battie and Courtney Lee.  What a blockbuster day for the NBA in the hours leading up to the 2009 NBA Draft.  Earlier today, it was announced that the Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Shaquille O’Neal from the Phoenix Suns to bolster their club with Lebron James to take the Orlando Magic head-on in next year’s playoffs.  What will happen next?

    The Nets will likely draft shooting guard Terrence Williams from Lousiville with the #11 pick in the NBA draft to replace the deprature of Carter.

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  • Jun
    25

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    The Phoenix Suns have traded Shaquille O’Neal to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Ben Wallace (and his crazy expiring contract), Sasha Pavlovic and the Cavs 2nd round pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.  The Cavs will also send some cash to the Suns.

    After the Cavs – the Eastern Conference’s best team during the regular season – lost to the Orlando Magic in the 6th game of the Eastern Conference Finals, Cavs GM Danny Ferry felt changes needed to be made.  O’Neal – despite the wear and tear on his big body – should give the Cavs the front line presence needed to bring a stronger game to Dwight Howard and the Magic.

    Lebron James should be able to wash those tears away with the addition of Shaq to the Cavs rotation.  Shaq isn’t the player he once was, but he should be able to help the Cavs during the playoffs as long as he stays healthy.  Should a fun conference to watch in 2009-2010…

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  • Jun
    4

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    Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic will take on Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

    The Lakers lost to the Boston Celtics in 6 games of the 2008 NBA Finals last year.  For the Magic, this is their 1st trip to the NBA Finals since they were swept in 1995.

    Looking at historical numbers, the Lakers clearly have the edge – 14 titles with 61 finals games wins along the way.  The Magic have yet to win a trophy let alone win an NBA Finals game.  Lakers head coach Phil Jackson has 9 championship rings.  Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy only has 1 and that came as an assistant coach.

    On the other hand, the Magic defeated the Lakers in both meetings during the 2008-9 NBA schedule.  In the 2008-9 NBA playoffs schedule, the Magics knocked off the defending champion Celtics and then ousted the NBA’s best team – the Cleveland Cavaliers in just 6 games.  If not for Lebron James’ mireaculous game-winning 3-point heave with 1 second left on the clock in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference, the Magic would have likely swept the Cavs out of the playoffs.  The Magic are no pushover, and Howards and Co. are looking to make a statement against the Lakers in this NBA Finals.

    It should be a fun series to watch.  And while we won’t get the Kobe – Lebron match-up that the NBA wanted, we still get Howard v. Kobe.   We’ll keep you posted how it all shakes out.

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  • Jun
    1

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    Never thought I would say this about Lebron James – Lebron James is a big baby for not shaking hands with the Orlando Magic players to congratulate them for their series win over the Cavs.

    He always seemed so jovial and happy-go-lucky and carefree, even in defeat.  He always seemed like he respected the game and the super star players who paved the way for another super star like him.  But his actions after the Cavs lost to the Magic in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Orlando on Saturday are unacceptable.  It reminds me of trying to rationalize with my 2 & a half year old daughter when she yells “No” and swipes her arm at me because she doesn’t want to do something.   It’s just not how you behave and and action like that should not be tolerated.

    James tried to make up for his actions by talking to the media on Sunday, but it only made things worse.  Just because you’re upset you lost the game doesn’t mean that you don’t shake the other team’s players hands in defeat or speak to the media afterwards.  It’s just not how you behave and his actions should not be tolerated.

    Adrian Wojnarowski wrote a great piece on the “Lebron Walkout” and wisely points out that the sad part is – no one is really going to call Lebron out on this.  Guess it just has to fall on the shoulders of us writers and bloggers to do the discipling for the NBA and its loyal fans.

    Lebron – you are a big baby…

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  • May
    31

    Cavaliers Magic Basketball

    The Orlando Magic defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-90 in Orlando on Saturday night to advance to the NBA Finals to take on Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.

    The Magic’s Dwight Howard dominated all night long – scoring 40 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.  4 other Magic players scored in double digits, as the Magic hit 12 3-pointers. 

    Lebron James scored 25 points and had 7 assists and 7 rebounds in defeat.  James did not talk to the media after the loss and did not shake hands with any of the Magic players on the court.  James finally came out of his media shell today – just 24 hours after the heart-breaking loss.

    The Magic Lakers NBA Finals series begins on Thursday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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  • May
    29

    APTOPIX Magic Cavaliers Basketball

    The Cleveland Cavaliers avoided being eliminated from the playoffs with a 112-102 win over the Orlando Magic at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.  The Cavs almost let a 20+ point 1st half lead slip away and actually trailed by 1 point at the end of 3 quarters.  But Lebron James carried the team on his back with a triple-double – 37 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists – down the stretch to preserve the win for the Cavs.  Mo Williams also had 24 points to help out Lebron.

    For the Magic, Hedo Turkoglu scored 29 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, while Dwight Howard chipped in 24 points and 10 boards.

    The two teams face off in Game 6 in Orlando on Saturday night at 8:30PM EST.  The game will be televised on TNT.

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  • May
    22

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    The Cleveland Cavaliers will host the Orlando Magic in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday night in Cleveland.  The game will start at 8:30PM EST and will be televised on TNT.

    The Magic stole Game 1 of the series with the 107-106 upset win in Cleveland on Tuesday night.  It was the 1st loss for the Cavs in the 2008-9 NBA playoffs.  Dwight Howard led the Magic with 30 points and 13 rebounds, but it was the play of role players that helped lead the Magic to victory.  Rashard Lewis knocked down 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.  While Hedo Turkoglu scored 15 points and dished out a game-high 14 assists.

    The Cavs focused too much on Lebron James who came through all night long – 49 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists.  Delonte West had only 6 assists, however, and the team will have to have a more balanced attack if they expect to even the series tonight.  We’ll keep you posted…

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  • May
    18

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    The NBA Conference Finals are finally set – the Denver Nuggets (Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups) v. the Los Angeles Lakers (Kobe Bryant) and the Orlando Magic (Dwight Howard) v. the Cleveland Cavaliers (Lebron James).

    Both Game 7’s on Sunday were disappointing lopsided victories for the Lakers and Magic.  The Lakers rushed out to a 51-31 halftime lead and never let off the gas pedal, cruising to a 89-70 win.  Pau Gasol had a monster double-double – 21 points and 18 boards, while Kobe Bryant scored 14 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished out 5 assists.

    The Magic led the Celtics by 7 at halftime and 5 at the end of the 3 quarters, and most felt that the final collapse would occur in the 4th quarter as it had so many times this post-season.  The Magic, however, answered the call, crushing the Celtics 35-21 in the 4th quarter to run away with a 101-82 victory in Boston.  Hedo Turkoglu knocked in 25 points, while Dwight Howard finished with 12 points and 16 rebounds.  Ray Allen led the Celtics with 23 points, while Rajon Rondo had a solid game with 10 points, 10 assists and 6 boards.  But Paul Pierce only scored 16 points and Glen “Big Baby” Davis socred 13 points and grabbed only 4 rebounds.

    The Nuggets play against the Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday night at 9PM Eastern Standard Time.  The game will be televised on ESPN.   The Magic play against the Cavaliers at the Quicken Loans Center in Cleveland on Wednesday night at 8:30PM Eastern Standard Time.  The game will be televised on TNT.

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  • May
    4

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    The Cavaliers Girls

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    This Opportunity to Congratulate

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    Lebron James on his

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    2008-9 NBA MVP Award!

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