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We don't care who we play. They don't put the opponent on my championship ring.

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We don't care who we play. They don't put the opponent on my championship ring.

This quote by Derek Fisher. Keep up the disrespect...

General Manager Otis Smith told the Sentinel on Sunday that [Jameer] Nelson would only play if he...

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General Manager Otis Smith told the Sentinel on Sunday that [Jameer] Nelson would only play if he passes "a litany of tests" and the club is comfortable with a decision that won't risk his future. [...] "It's up in the air. We'll see how Jameer looks the next few days," Smith said. "There's a few more things we have to get comfortable with. We're looking at the pros and cons. Doctors will have to talk to doctors. If we're at a place where Jameer can help us accomplish our goals, then maybe he can play and give us some more punch. "There's a litany of tests he'll have to pass. His health is the main thing. We're not going to mortgage his future."

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel

What's up! Tony.psd over here, resident Illustrator from Golden State of Mind... just wanted to...

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What's up! Tony.psd over here, resident Illustrator from Golden State of Mind... just wanted to congratulate you guys on an intense series! Ya'll came off guns blazing to take the series! We over here at Golden State miss Pietrus a lot but are so happy he was able to contribute the way he did! The guys a class act! Anyways, heres a little pic I worked on last season for Air France. Have fun with it! I gotta super-man / Dwight Howard project in the works... stay up!

Third Quarter Collapse gets quoted on SportsCenter's Blog Buzz.

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Third Quarter Collapse gets quoted on SportsCenter's Blog Buzz.

I hope you all have seen this. I have probably watched it 10 times in a row. It makes me giggle...

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I hope you all have seen this. I have probably watched it 10 times in a row. It makes me giggle like a school girl.

Magic point guard Rafer Alston, subbing for injured starter Jameer Nelson since a February trade,...

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Magic point guard Rafer Alston, subbing for injured starter Jameer Nelson since a February trade, would like nothing more than to sign an extension with the Magic. Alston told the Sentinel on Thursday that he wants to remain with the organization after his contract expires next season.

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel has the scoop.

Make Shots

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M. Haubs of The Painted Area points out that the difference between the Orlando Magic & the Cleveland Cavaliers is simple - one team is making shots. -- UPDATE: Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus notes that the Magic have used the pick & roll with Dwight Howard successfully against the Cavaliers. If you remember, this was something I (and my colleague, Ben) were clamoring to see more of since the Celtics series. Better late than never, right?

The crucial difference between 2009 and the last few years? This spring featured the most talented...

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The crucial difference between 2009 and the last few years? This spring featured the most talented group of playoff performers we've seen in 16 years, as well as two truly quirky teams coming into their own (Denver and Orlando). That makes it more personal for us. The league should be in great shape. We want it to work. All the pieces are in place. It's like going over to a friend's beautiful new house, walking in and being appalled by the shoddy wallpaper, ugly furniture and disgusting wooden floors.

Bill Simmons on the state of officials today.

Everything we thought we knew --- Orlando is too perimeter oriented, Denver too undisciplined ---...

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Everything we thought we knew --- Orlando is too perimeter oriented, Denver too undisciplined --- is tossed out the window. It goes against everything we've been conditioned to believe -- that championship teams have to ripen on the vine, have to suffer before they thrive, have to climb the ladder one rung at a time. Because that's how Michael's Bulls, Isiah's Pistons, Hakeem Olajuwon's Rockets and The Admiral's Spurs did it.

NBA.com suggesting that perhaps the Magic haven't suffered enough to be where they are......Wait, what?!