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Orlando Magic News for March 16th: Rashard Lewis' Vital Importance, Matt Barnes' Toe, Amway Center's Furnishings, and More

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Orlando Pinstriped Post Photo / Bruce Maddox
Orlando Pinstriped Post Photo / Bruce Maddox
  • Rashard Lewis is key to Orlando Magic's NBA title hopes - Britt Robson

    Britt Robson of Sports Illustrated interviewed Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith for this piece about how important Rashard Lewis, who's struggled lately, is to the team.

    "I contend that his personality is as important as his shooting for this team," Smith said. "Having Dwight [Howard] and Vince [Carter] and Jameer [Nelson], it is hard for everyone to get all the hype, but he's been below the radar his entire career. He just goes about his business and at the end of the game you look up and he's got 18 and six or 18 and nine. Dwight is our franchise player. Your best player has to understand he is your best player, and your role players have to understand they are your role players."

  • Orlando Magic BasketBlog – Matt Barnes sits out contact drills in practice, plans to play against Spurs

    Tania Ganguli of the Orlando Sentinel reports that Magic forward Matt Barnes will return to the lineup tomorrow night against San Antonio after missing Sunday's game versus Charlotte with a sprained big toe. Barnes went through practice today, but sat on the sidelines during the contact drills "so as not to bang up the toe."

  • New Orlando Magic arena: New digs will get nothing but the best in interior furnishings -

    Mark Schlueb of the Orlando Sentinel lists some of what taxpayer dollars helped buy for the Magic's new arena, Amway Center. It includes a $10,000 conference table and an $87,600 Zamboni. (Hat tip: malars)

  • The Magic have announced they will host the 2010 Vince Carter Basketball Camp from June 28th to July 2nd at Orlando Sports Center. The camp includes appearances by Carter and "other Magic celebrities," 32 hours of instruction, and other goodies. For complete details, call 407-916-HOOP or visit I last attended a Magic basketball camp about 10 years ago, so I'm not sure what--if anything--has changed, but I can't say enough nice things about it. It was fantastic.

  • Sports And Success: Dwight Howard : Men's Health

    Christopher McDougall of Men's Health wrote a cover story about Howard, which includes some details about how Howard handles the media.

    Every other player on the team is long gone, but Howard is still patiently taking pointless questions from the press. Seriously, is there really any mystery surrounding how he feels about leading the team in points, blocks, and boards, and setting a club record for road wins? On his birthday? "It sucked," he says. "I didn't fire up enough threes."