Orlando Magic News for February 5th: Jameer Nelson's Return; Opinions on Vince Carter and Brandon Bass

  • Jameer Nelson to start tonight against the Wizards
    News on Jameer Nelson.

    Jameer Nelson will start at point guard tonight for the Orlando Magic against the Washington Wizards, Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said after the team completed its shootaround moments ago.

    Van Gundy said he hasn’t been given any playing-time restrictions for Nelson, who hyperextended his left knee Sunday and missed Tuesday’s game against Milwaukee.

    Nelson said he has no concerns that playing five games in seven nights will take a toll on his knee.
  • It’s official: J.J. Redick will not compete in All-Star Weekend’s 3-point shooting contest
    Josh Robbins shares information that J.J. Redick, officially, will not compete in the 2010 Three-Point Shootout.

    A few minutes ago, the NBA released the names of the six participants for this year’s Three-Point Shootout.

    J.J. Redick’s name isn’t on the list.

    Redick expected as much, because he hadn’t received an invite from the league.  
  • Zach Randolph, Vince Carter among best, worst offseason moves
    Britt Robson of Sports Illustrated takes a look back at the most significant acquisitions this past off-season in the NBA. Here's his take on Vince Carter's arrival to the Orlando Magic:

    Carter, whose teams have never gone beyond the second round of the playoffs, has a chance to bolster his reputation by adequately replacing the departed Hedo Turkoglu. But for that to happen, the 33-year-old guard, who long thrived on his athleticism, will have to get healthy, play smarter and take advantage of his opportunities in the clutch.

More after the jump.

  • 2010 NBA All-Stars: Where They From?
    M. Haubs of The Painted Area takes a look at the backgrounds of each of the All-Stars - "where they came from, how much college ball they played, when they were drafted, how they got to their current teams."

  • Brandon Bass Makes His Frustration Known
    Eric Freeman of The Baseline chimes in on the issue of Brandon Bass' lack of playing time, which seems to be a hot topic at the moment.

    It makes you wonder what the Magic were thinking when they picked him up. After last season's Finals loss to the Lakers, the Magic clearly entered the summer looking to stock up on talent wherever they could. However, with all those big men in town, someone was going to end up unhappy, and the byproduct of the situation is an air of disappointment and frustration that can pervade the whole locker room. What looked good on paper has had unforeseen negative consequences.
  • Arenas to Orlando? Magic GM "not necessarily sure"
    Michael Lee of the Washington Post gets general manager Otis Smith's take on Gilbert Arenas.

    He said he understands why people have been quick to mention the Magic as a possible future home for Arenas. "Familiarity," Smith said. "It's somebody he's familiar with. Everyone would make that connection because I'm the general manager and I've been a mentor of his since he came into the league. That's an easy connection. I'm not necessarily sure that's going to happen. We have a long way to go before we get to the basketball portion of his career."
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