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Orlando Magic News for March 4th: Shaq Lashes Out At SVG, Courtney Lee Gets Dap, and More

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  • ESPN and Sports Illustrated (HT: Wmillion) recently revealed their respective Second Trimester awards. Among the winners, Dwight Howard (Defensive Player of the Year) and Stan Van Gundy (Coach of the Year).
  • Before he got showered with boos last night, former Magic and current Suns player Grant Hill spoke briefly with the Orlando Sentinel. Check it out.
  • Today, Shaq ripped his former coach, SVG, today for Van Gundy's comments concerning O'Neal flopping last night in Orlando's victory over the Phoenix Suns last night. Chris Sheridan of ESPN has the story. Among Shaq's quotes directed towards SVG:

    "And one thing I really despise is a frontrunner, so I know for a fact that he's a master of panic, and when it gets time for his team to go in the postseason and do certain things, he will let them down because of his panic. I've been there before, I've played for him."

    "Now I see why everybody who plays for him doesn't like him."

    "I'm not going to just sit abound and let nobodies take shots at me, and he is a nobody to me. And if he thinks he can get in a little press conference and take shots at me like I'm not going to [give] something back, he's got another thing coming."

  • Jon Nichols of Basketball-Statistics announced his Most Valuable Third Team earlier today (these aren't the best players, just the individuals with the best value). On the squad? Orlando's rookie Courtney Lee.
  • If you've yet to catch my Value Rating % analysis for the Magic, click here to catch Part I and Part II. In Part I, I analyzed the reserves and in Part II, I analyzed the starters. Enjoy.