Ed. note: Thanks to OPP community member UCF Knight and Red Sox for posting this write-up of yesterday's Orlando Magic open practice. - BQR
It was interesting watching the Open Practice today to say the least. Van Gundy brought the fellas on the court at about 1:07 PM and they were all visibly tired. Apparently, they had been doing an hour of conditioning work before the practice. Notably Jason Williams had a huge icepack on his knee and was not practicing as he continues to recover. Additionally, Mikael Pietrus did not practice as well, but did not have any visible indications of an injury.
Van Gundy started the practice with a 5 vs. 4 set to work on ball movement with his offenses while the 4 guys play a box zone to rattle the offense. It looked like we settled for a lot of 3's during this drill other than Dwight finishing many times in the lane. The entire practice had the legitimate starters and Brandon Bass vs. the 2nd team of bench warmers.
Van Gundy also worked on using a high screen to open an isolation post play with whoever set the screen. It really worked well other than the shots that were taken (many wild fadeaways). After awhile during these iso's, Van Gundy encouraged the defense to double team the guy on the block by yelling "GREEN" signaling the inside man to come over and double.
SVG encouraged Jameer and Duhon to push the ball as much as they could. But there were no easy fastbreak baskets.
Probably the best shot of practice, was Dwight on the post fading away from about 15 feet on the baseline and swishing the difficult shot. You could hear "OOOOHHHHHHHHHH"'s from the crowd in disbelief. I think there's some real belief that Dwight has expanded his offensive game this year.
Overall, a good turnout from the fans as much of the lower bowl was filled other than at the top near the Budweiser Baseline Bar.
After the approximately 50 minute practice, Dwight took the mic notably tired. "Gimme a minute, I've got to catch my breath" Dwight spoke about their goal as a team is the championship. He wanted "Championship fans" as their practicing like a championship team.