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Orlando Magic News for April 22nd: J.J. Redick Earns Award Votes, Stan Van Gundy Doesn't Waver on Criticism of NBA Officials, and More

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  • Houston's Brooks takes home award for most improved

    The NBA announced today that Houston Rockets point guard Aaron Brooks won this year's Most Improved Player award. The Orlando Magic angle to this story? Dwight Howard received a first-place vote, while J.J. Redick garnered a second-place vote and a third-place vote. Also, the NBA referred to Redick as "Reddick."

  • Regular season ends; Dwight for MVP

    Redick's third-place Most Improved vote came from Magic play-by-play man David Steele, who explains all of his award choices in this blog post.

  • Stan Van Gundy stands by his comments about Dwight Howard’s foul trouble – Orlando Magic BasketBlog – Orlando Sentinel

    Tania Ganguli of the Orlando Sentinel reports that, when asked again today, Magic coach Stan Van Gundy didn't backpedal regarding comments he made about the officiating in his team's playoff series against the Charlotte Bobcats. Howard has only played 56 minutes through two games due to foul trouble. From today's remarks:

    I’m very rarely critical," Van Gundy said. "I said last night exactly what I believe. I said I don’t know if those are fouls are not. I don’t know. Maybe they’re fouls. My only point is there’s none of them where you’re sitting there with those first four going, ‘Oh, yeah, it’s clearly a foul.’ I’m just saying that I don’t see any of the other so-called stars in the league sitting down consistently or getting that many of the marginal calls against them.

  • Twitter / Adrian Wojnarowski: Assistants to watch in Hor ...

    Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports, via Twitter, that Magic assistant coach Steve Clifford could become a candidate to fill the New Orleans Hornets' head-coaching vacancy. Clifford joined Van Gundy's staff a few weeks after Orlando hired Van Gundy in 2007. Prior to coming aboard with Orlando, he was an assistant for the Houston Rockets for four years and a member of the New York Knicks for three.