Orlando Magic shootaround report: Vince Carter still ill
Tania Ganguli shares an update on Vince Carter's health.
Magic shooting guard Vince Carter was on his way to the doctor this afternoon. He did not participate in shootaround today a day after missing practice with a stomach ailment. He looked sick as he left. Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy said he does not have the flu.
If Carter can’t play [tonight against the Indiana Pacers], J.J. Redick said he would start in Carter’s place.
Van Gundy Calls Donaghy's Book Tour "Despicable''
Tim Potvak of NBA FanHouse states how head coach Stan Van Gundy isn't a fan of Tim Donaghy's book or his book tour.
Magic coach Stan Van Gundy has been around the NBA long enough to understand the business of selling a book – however tainted it may be -- but he doesn't have to like it. And with Tim Donaghy, the disgraced former league official, Van Gundy hates what he sees happening. [...]
"I think what he's doing now is despicable,'' Van Gundy said when asked about Donaghy. "I have trouble with it, trying to throw everyone else under the bus. You made a mistake. You got caught. Now stand up like a man and take your punishment.''
NBA 'Watchability' Scale: Ranking Every Team Based On Entertainment, Not Talent
Mike Prada of SB Nation, and also of Bullets Forever, states how the Orlando Magic are one of the more watchable teams in the NBA.
Two issues here. One is Dwight Howard's post game. Maybe it's effective, but man is it ugly. The other is Vince Carter's shot selection. I really do love Carter, and I think he's unfairly branded as a selfish loser when he's five years removed from his ill-fated "Yeah, I dogged it in Toronto" comments, but it can sometimes be painful to watch a lot of 18-foot fallaways.
Otherwise, though? Lots of threes, great defense, great spacing, lots of fast breaks, particularly when The Artist Once Again Known As White Chocolate After A Brief Retirement is in. What's not to like?
Denton: Carter Likely Out Tonight
UPDATE: John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com has more on VC.
Vince Carter left the Orlando Magic’s practice facility Monday morning with a troubled look on his face and a doctor’s appointment ahead of him. And after missing practices Sunday and Monday, it appears that the star shooting guard won’t play tonight when the Magic (17-6) host the Indiana Pacers (8-13).
Carter has a stomach ailment, causing him to miss the past two days of practice. The team had hoped that Carter would be well enough to practice Monday morning and play tonight, but that idea was scratched when the illness lingered.