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Orlando Magic News for November 10th: A Look at the Orlando Magic's Future; Vince Carter on Sesame Street

  • 15 Footer – Because It’s The Day After Monday
    Zach Harper of Hardwood Paroxysm previews tonight's festivities between the Orlando Magic and the Charlotte Bobcats.

    It’s pretty simple for the Charlotte Bobcats – all they need to do in order to win basketball games is play their games at home and hope Gerald Wallace grabs at least 15 rebounds in the game. But that’s not a realistic thing to expect every time the Bobcats need a win, especially against a team like the Magic. In case you haven’t heard, Dwight Howard is a giant eagle in a huge human Halloween costume. GM Otis Smith saw this giant eagle in a huge human Halloween costume and signed him to circle the backboard both ends of the floor and grab whatever bounces off of the orange circle attached to the fiberglass window.
  • ESPN's NBA Future Power Rankings: Teams 1 to 5
    Chad Ford and John Hollinger of reveal the Future Power Rankings, in which they decipher which teams in the NBA are headed in the right or wrong direction. Coming in at #2, behind the Portland Trail Blazers, is Orlando.

    The Future Power Rankings are ESPN Insider's projection of the on-court success expected for each team during the 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. [...]

    In the front office, the Magic have several strengths -- one of the league's premier coaches in Stan Van Gundy, the committed ownership of the DeVos family and an underrated general manager in Otis Smith. That pushed Orlando to a fourth-best finish in this category.

    When it comes to money, Orlando has no cap space for the foreseeable future. The Magic are willing to pay the tax, however, despite their small market, and the new arena that comes online next year should help considerably on the money front.
  • Will a back-to-back hurt the Magic's chances against the Cleveland Cavaliers?
    Tania Ganguli wonders whether or not a back-to-back will hurt the Magic in its game against the Cleveland Cavaliers tomorrow night.

  • Saluting Sesame Street's Hoops Moments
    Bethlehem Shoals of The Baseline takes a look at Sesame Street, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and shares some videos where basketball was involved in the show. Here's one of Vince Carter:

  • UPDATE: Dwight Howard has been fined $15,000 for criticizing officials on his blog a few days ago after a loss to the Detroit Pistons, according to Ganguli.