Tag:Quentin Richardson
Posted on: January 19, 2012 2:51 pm
 

Q-Rich plays great defense from the bench

Posted by Royce Young



I've always wondered what goes on when players take corner 3s right in front of the opposing bench. How do they concentrate with the other team yelling who knows what as they try and focus on a big shot? What are they yelling?

Whatever happens, we can be sure that Quentin Richardson of the Orlando Magic is one of the best at doing whatever they do. With Danny Green lining up an open 3, Richardson springs off the bench to run behind him and yell directly at him. And when Green misses? Richardson celebrates like he just came up with a big defensive stop.

I guess this is just a "doing the little things" type of play. We need a new advanced stat in basketball for bench production while not playing. Because Richardson would have a pretty good CSOTBR (Contested Shot On The Bench Rating).

Via TBJ
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:34 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2011 10:35 pm
 

Video: LeBron James in preseason shoving match

Posted by Ben Golliver

Tensions are running pretty high these days in Orlando.

The Magic got blown out in their preseason opener against the Miami Heat on Sunday and got down double digits against the Heat again on Wednesday night. Heat All-Star forward LeBron James was in the process of going off for 27 points in just 30 minutes, and Magic wing Quentin Richardson had apparently seen enough.

The incident began with James shaking Richardson off the dribble to free himself up for a stepback jumper, which he celebrated by jawing in the direction of Orlando's bench and backpedaling methodically down the court to play defense. As he retreated, he happened to run into Richardson, who took exception to the contact. The two players bumped another time, just to make sure the first incidence was real, and then Richardson wound up to deliver a hard left shoulder into James' chest, which drew a technical foul and sent James reeling a bit. 

Miami led 79-74 at the time of the incident, but Orlando managed to come back in the fourth quarter to win, 104-100, so it's safe to say Richardson's hard foul totally swung momentum in this game and All-Star center Dwight Howard doesn't want to be traded any more. It's a new day thanks to Q-Rich.

Here's the video of the shoving incident between Quentin Richardson and LeBron James via YouTube user DrakesUnibrow.



Hat tip: IAmAGM.com
Posted on: May 24, 2011 10:36 am
 

Monta Ellis has a tree tattoo on his chest

Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis has a tree tattoo on his chest. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Well, this tattoo is certainly better than getting some type of World of Warcraft shrine inked on your back like Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko, but it still feels extreme.

Pictured below is the chest of Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis, which is now covered in a giant tree tattoo. Have a look.

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Some of the design elements here are next level. His bellybutton is apparently serving as a hole in the tree's massive root system, there are angels sitting in the tree's branches over one half of his chest and a giant picture of his child on the other. At the top of the tree the words "Family First" are in huge letters, up among the branches and leaves, which in turn sort of blend into his two arm-sleeves.

I'm no dendrologist, but it's possible that this is a magnolia tree, the state tree of Mississippi. Ellis is a Jackson, MS native.

Also worth noting, on his left arm, Ellis has tattooed the words "Ellis Family" just in case the giant "Family First" reminder wasn't enough. If he should happen to want to enter his name into the field of 2012 Republican Presidential candidates, he's off to a good start.

This work appears on a MySpace.com page called Tattoos By Randy and Atlanta Hawks guard Jamal Crawford, Orlando Magic wing Quentin Richardson and Indiana Pacers center Solomon Jones are other NBA players with tattooes pictured on the page. 

Hat tip: The Basketball Jones
Posted on: April 7, 2011 6:31 pm
Edited on: April 7, 2011 6:36 pm
 

Quentin Richardson suspended 2 games for shove

Orlando Magic wing Quentin Richardson has been suspended for two games for shoving Gerald Henderson. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Earlier, we noted that Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard was suspended for one game by the NBA for tossing the ball into the stands after he was whistled for a violation for taking too long to shoot a free throw during a Wednesday night game against the Charlotte Bobcats. Howard's technical was a foolish play, but it wasn't even close to the dumbest thing a member of the Magic did during that game. 

During the fourth quarter, Magic wing Quentin Richardson was physically defending Bobcats wing Gerald Henderson, bumping him before and after a down screen and getting into his body on the perimeter. Henderson took exception to the contact and after a foul was called on the play Henderson and Richardson jawed at each other. Henderson then swiped at Richardson with his forearm, only provoking Richardson further, who responded by using both of his hands to shove Henderson in the face, knocking him backwards and stunning him momentarily. 

The NBA announced on Thursday that Richardson will be suspended for two games for the shove to the face and docked his salaries for those games.
Quentin Richardson of the Orlando Magic has been suspended two games without pay for shoving Gerald Henderson of the Charlotte Bobcats in the face, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. 
The incident occurred with 8:30 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Magic’s 111-102  victory over the Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena on April 6. Richardson will serve his suspension on Sunday, April 10 when the Magic host the Chicago Bulls at Amway Center, and on Monday, April 11 when the Magic play the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. 
Here's video of the sequence in which Howard was ejected courtesy of YouTube user mikegutierrezmonst. Richardson's shove happens around the 1:20 mark.



This was one of the more pointless altercations you'll ever see. What was Richardson trying to prove? Who knows. What was riding on this game? Nothing. Why bother with Gerald Henderson? I have absolutely no idea. Is there a message to be sent? Certainly not by the Magic, who will spend the next month getting pushed around.

The Bulls will now have the luxury of facing the Magic without both Howard and Richardson on Sunday. If Chicago doesn't have the Eastern Conference wrapped up by Sunday, those absences could prove decisive.
Posted on: December 20, 2010 5:33 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:42 pm
 

Rumor: Magic looking to trade for backup big man

After trading Marcin Gortat to the Phoenix Suns, the Orlando Magic are reportedly searching for a reserve big man to backup Dwight Howard. Posted by Ben Gollivermarcin-gortat


How quickly NBA teams turn from sellers into buyers.  The Orlando Magic, owners of probably the best center depth in the NBA last week, now are stretched thin, incredibly exposed if MVP candidate and starting center Dwight Howard should go down to injury and forced to play small ball when he is on the bench. How did that happen? Two big-time trades this weekend that netted Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu gave the Magic added offensive firepower and depth on the wings, but came with one large cost: the move of backup center Marcin Gortat to the Phoenix Suns.  Magic executive Otis Smith sounds prepared to address his new-found vulnerability upfront and is reportedly on the prowl for Gortat's replacement already, according to NBA Fanhouse
The Orlando Magic have asked about the availability of both New York's Ronny Turiaf and Philadelphia's Tony Battie, hoping to fill quickly their new void at backup center behind Dwight Howard.
The Magic, according to NBA sources, would like to use backup point guard Chris Duhon as trade bait, but they also would be willing to use small forward Quentin Richardson to get what they want.
Gortat is an agile, physical big man on a reasonable long-term contract and, as we noted on Saturday, he comes out as one of the big winners of the weekend's trade activity, given the large role he will surely take on in the desert now that he is no longer trapped in Dwight Howard's shadow. Replacing him will be no easy task, as Smith is surely well aware.  NBA teams don't often trade big for small without attaching a heavy premium, even when it comes to reserve parts. Turiaf, almost assuredly, will cost Orlando more than they are willing to pay. While Duhon is solid, and capable of playing more minutes than are available in Orlando, it's unlikely that he or Richardson is going to spark a ton of league-wide interest on their own. Aside from dangling Duhon, Smith's options going forward are to settle for a less productive warm body or to consider offering up another trade chip, such as reserve guard J.J. Redick. Like Gortat, Redick is a valuable role-player with a defined NBA skill -- he can shoot the rock from deep -- and he is signed to a reasonable long-term deal, making roughly $6.6 million a year through 2012-2013.  In Orlando, Redick is now fighting for minutes with Arenas, Jason Richardson and Quentin Richardson, so moving him wouldn't be a catastrophic loss. It would make for even more of a rotation overhaul than has already been enacted, but true Dwight Howard Injury Insurance is bound to carry a steep price. Patience wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for Smith, as some time to assess how his first round of moves work out could clarify which of the guards should be the true odd man out. 
Posted on: December 18, 2010 6:04 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2010 1:05 am
 

What do the new Magic rotations look like?

A look at the Orlando Magic after their trade for Gilbert Arenas, Hedo Turkoglu and Jason Richardson. Posted by Matt Moore

Well.

That got out of hand, fast.

The Orlando Magic completely turned around their rotation today with the addition of Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu and Gilbert Arenas (sorry Earl Clark). But on a team with this many options, how are these rotations going to work out? Let's take a look. First, where are they at with each position? There's no way of knowing how SVG will formulate his starting lineup, so they're considered liquid.

Point guard

Starter: Jameer Nelson
Reserves: Gilbert Arenas (combo-guard), Chris Duhon, J.J. Redick (in a pinch, combo-guard), Jason Williams

Nelson has played at a near All-Star level the past three seasons. With Carter off the grid, Nelson could benefit. Arenas can play shooting guard, but in reality, he plays with the ball in his hands. He deferred to John Wall in Washington, but it didn't work well. As a back-up point guard, he's going to dramatically improve the Magic's scoring potential in the bench unit.

Shooting guard

Starter: Jason Richardson/Gilbert Arenas/Quentin Richardson
Reserves: Jason Richardson/Gilbert Arenas/Quentin Richardson, J.J. Redick

Redick may be a trade asset now. J-Rich can play the three, but he's really a shooting guard. Arenas can play the two, but is really a point guard. Quentin Richardson is just a wing. Redick provides great insurance for the two-spot, but that's a pricy policy.

Small forward

Starter: Jason Richardson/Hedo Turkoglu/Quentin Richardson
Reserves: Jason Richardson, Quentin Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu

Hedo can play the four, but he'll likely spend some time at small forward. Quentin Richardson may actually wind up the starter here with J-Rich at the shooting guard and Brandon Bass or Turkoglu at the four. The Magic are pretty short at the three after this move, with Pietrus gone.

Power forward

Starter: Brandon Bass/Hedo Turkoglu
Reserves: Brandon Bass/Hedo Turkoglu, Ryan Anderson, Malik Allen

Anderson hasn't been as good as he needed to be this season to make a leap, while Bass has been better than expected. It's hard to see Turkoglu taking Bass' place, but given his familarity with the offense, it's conceivable. Meanwhile, Malik Allen has another duty....

Center

Starter: Dwight Howard
Reserves: Malik Allen, Daniel Orton

That's it. That's all they've got to back up Howard. Which means when Howard sits or gets in foul trouble, the Magic will have to go small. This could wind up as a good thing in the end.

Lineups

Nelson - Richardson - Richardson - Bass - Howard

If we're talking the actual best players available, this has to be it. Quentin Richardson is no star, but he doesn't have to be with the firepower the Magic now pack. It's a more traditional lineup with Bass at power forward, but with Nelson as the primary creator and Richardson geared as the finishing point, it could work.

A reserve unit could look like this:

Arenas - Redick - Turkoglu - Anderson - Bass

It's a strange big-small combo with Turkoglu at the three, but it could work with Arenas as the primary creator and shooters stocking the floor. Unfortunately, they'll get rebounded into oblivion.

Another starting unit option for SVG:

Nelson - Arenas - J. Richardson - Turkoglu - Howard

Arenas as a shooting guard is problematic, but it may be a dual combo-guard set up with Nelson and Arenas both working with the ball. I've never been sold on Turkoglu as a power forward, but he did play minutes in Orlando before. This lineup likely has the best scoring potential, and has Turkoglu as the fourth scoring option. Which is probably for the best.

The lesson here is that SVG has the same depth he had before, but now his frontcourt gets considerably smaller and more shallow. To put it simply: Howard has to stay out of foul trouble.

If Arenas can create and score to his potential and if Turkoglu regains his magic (sorry for the pun) under Van Gundy, Orlando could take a step forward -- that is, back to elite status in the East. Does that make the Magic better than Boston or Miami?

That's a whole other question.
Posted on: October 17, 2010 4:36 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2010 8:34 pm
 

Brandon Bass plays well, increases trade value?

Orlando Magic forward Brandon Bass has played well in the preseason when he's gotten the chance and teams that need frontcourt help are likely taking notice.
Posted by Ben Golliver.


Once again, the Orlando Magic enter the 2010-2011 NBA season with the league's deepest roster. Coach Stan Van Gundy has loads of options when he turns to his bench, with all five positions being covered more than capably. His backup pont guard, Chris Duhon, started last season. His backup small forward, Quentin Richardson, started last season. His backup shooting guard, J.J. Redick, and his backup center, Marcin Gortat, could start for a number of teams this season. 

The only real question is at the backup power forward spot, where he has two talented but different options in Ryan Anderson and Brandon Bass. Neither possesses the top-end talent, currently, to completely settle the playing time debate that dates back to last season. 

That brings us to a piece by Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel , who notes that Van Gundy opted to start Anderson over Bass when he benched his usual starting five during a recent preseason game  and that Bass has responded by playing very well.
It’s no secret that Magic power forward Brandon Bass wants to find a place to play, whether it’ s in Orlando or somewhere else.

And the way he’s played lately, he might get his wish — and my guess is the Magic are only waiting for the right deal to come along.

Bass is showcasing his talents for other teams, such as the Indiana Pacers, who need power-forward help.

Bass was coming off a 9-point, 7-rebound, 3-block effort in the last preseason game he played, against the Pacers Oct. 8. Against the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday night, he led the club with 16 points, nine rebounds and added two blocks in 31 minutes.

Should Anderson continue to see more minutes, I think we can agree that Bass becomes the best third-stringer in the NBA. (It's a shame there's no award voting and trophy for 11th man of the year.) 

But it's also fair for Magic general manager Otis Smith to continue to take the patient approach. Talented big man only get more valuable over the course of a season as injuries arise. That goes for both the Magic and any potential trade partners.
Posted on: July 28, 2010 9:07 am
 

Orlando locked and loaded for future

Posted by Matt Moore

The Orlando Magic are a force in the NBA. Despite making the Finals in 2009, and the Eastern Conference Finals in 2010, there are still those who dont' fully realize how good this Magic team has been. Much of this is on account of their style of play, which focuses on their three point shooting as part of their "1-in-4-out" strategy. The Magic set a record last season for made three pointers. They believe that this perimeter attack, when combined with Dwight Howard's physical play and their elite-level defense is a recipe for a championship.

So much so that they've locked into the approach for three more years.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the Magic have agreed to three-year extensions with both Stan Van Gundy and GM Otis Smith. The extensions are part of a wider range of moves that look to reformulate the structure of the front office with several executives being promoted and/or changing titles. Van Gundy's contract was set to expire at the end of this season. SVG has faced criticism from just about everyone, from Dwight Howard to Shaquille O'Neal to Michael Wilbon for his coaching style, which generally involves a lot of yelling. Teaching, to be sure. But a lot of yelling. And then screaming, and then more yelling. But despite all the criticism, and what I can only assume are a lot of throat lozenges, Van Gundy is effective. And that's what matters to Orlando ownership.

Meanwhile, as Magic blog Orlando Pinstriped Post points out , the Magic are primed for their best three-point shooting season yet. Of the nine players currently on roster with the Magic who do not play center, 8 of them had a three point shooting percentage above the league average last season. Their top four backcourt players (Nelson, Carter, Redick, Duhon) shot better than 37%. The Magic replaced two of their worst three-point shooters (Jason Williams and Matt Barnes) with two solid-to-great three point shooters in Quentin Richardson and Chris Duhon. The Magic are primed to hit from the perimeter like never before.

And they've got their abrasive general back as well.
 
 
 
 
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