Tag:J.J. Redick
Posted on: January 5, 2011 1:32 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2011 1:33 pm
 

Arenas expands on his 'white shooter' comment

Posted by Royce Young

Gilbert Arenas, who is never short of quote-worthy material, gave a good one to reporters Tuesday saying he and J.J. Redick are "the two best white shooters in the league." Everyone chuckled, the immediately started scratching their head trying to figure out exactly what he meant.

Well today, he clarified. Kind of. (Via the Orlando Sentinel)

 

Arenas said, “In practice I’m one of the best shooters in the world. I proclaim I’m the best shooter in the world in practice. It’s just not falling in the game right now. He’s a very great game shooter. When you shoot that good, you gotta be white. So he said when you guys ask him he’s going to be the best black shooter.”

Now I'm not really one for harumphing about non-issues, especially when the comment is done in jest, but I know someone out there is thinking what I am so I'll go ahead and say it. If you turn this around and have J.J. Redick say something like, "All the best dunkers are black," wouldn't he probably get a little Heat from that?

Besides, Arenas is kind of wrong. Reggie Miller? Ray Allen? Kevin Durant? Three very good shooters. And all not white. In fact, look at the top 10 in the league in 3-point percentage. Redick is the only white player in there. (besides Mike Bibby... but, um, I don't know where he falls. It's like that Seinfeld episode where Elaine's dating a guy she thinks is a mix but really isn't. Should we even be talking about this? )

But it is kind of a stereotype that goes with white basketball players. If you aren't "gritty" and "hard working" (like Nick Collison or Brian Cardinal) then your only reason to exist on the basketball court must be because you can shoot. There aren't a lot of high flyers of the white variety out there (Josh McRoberts, Blake Griffin... sort of) but there are a number of good white shooters (Mike Dunleavy, Redick, Luke Ridnour, Steve Nash). Stereotypes exist whether we like them or not and really, the reason it's a stereotype is because in most cases, it's actually true or close to it.

In the end, I don't care on bit what he says though. I get Arenas' point and come on, it's Gilbert Arenas. This is what he does. Says funny stuff. Because of him, the NBA is a little more fun than it would be without him.
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: September 27, 2010 1:24 am
Edited on: September 27, 2010 1:24 am
 

Preseason Primer: Magic

Posted by Royce Young

The team holding training camp at a military base a couple hundred miles north will hog the attention in Florida this year, but still, the Orlando Magic have a roster built to compete for the Eastern title. The team returns almost entirely intact and welcomes in just a couple of role-playing faces. Dwight Howard enters his seventh year as a pro and is looking to push his team over the hump. The Magic's window might be closing with some of their player's aging, but coming in, they look primed to be in the middle of it all in the East.

Training camp site:
Orlando, FL

Training camp starts: Sept. 28

Key additions: Quentin Richardson (free agent), Chris Duhon (free agent), Daniel Orton (draft)

Key subtractions: Matt Barnes (free agent)

Likely starting lineup: Jameer Nelson, PG; Vince Carter, SG; Mickael Pietrus, SF; Rashard Lewis, PF; Dwight Howard, C

Player to watch: The easy answer here is Dwight Howard. Around him, all things function in Orlando. But the guy to keep an eye on is Vince Carter. He had somewhat of a down season last year, but he's coming into this camp kicking off a contract year. So the thinking would be that he'll be more focused, in better shape and as prepared as ever. J.J. Redick could potentially push him a bit for his starting spot so Carter has got to be ready to hit the ground running.

Chemistry quiz: The Magic will be answering one common question during training camp and really during the entire season - What do you think about the Heat? Stan Van Gundy isn't someone to mince words, nor is Howard. Not that it'll cause a rift among the actual team, but it's certainly possible - nay, probable - that someone says something that catches some attention and headlines. Maybe Orlando wants the focus, maybe they want to provide some bulletin board material. But there's no doubt that some off-court stuff will definitely jump into the picture during camp.

Camp battles: As mentioned, it's possible that Redick could push Carter. Van Gundy is a coach that likes defense and Redick has come a long way on that end. He can shoot, which is something the Magic like. And now he's playing hard and defending. Carter obviously still is a great athlete that can explode any night, but if there's any sign he's dogging it, Van Gundy may decide to go with the young guy.

Another position to keep an eye on is power forward. Brandon Bass has been pretty vocal about wanting more playing time. But still, Ryan Anderson figures to be in front of him on the depth chart. Not only could that be a chemistry issue, but it'll definitely be a camp battle to watch.

Biggest strength: Everything hinges around Howard. The drive and kick is Orlando's bread and butter and it's there because of the rock anchoring the inside. The Magic don't really have a hole to fill as long as everyone is clicking and working together. The bench is solid, the starting five is quality and there's a star that can handle the spotlight.

Glaring weakness: One dimensionality. I think I just made that word up, but Orlando can become one dimensional in a hurry. And they can do it in a variety of ways. What I mean is that the issue varies from game to game. Sometimes, they commit far too much to pounding Howard down low to the point of forcing it. Other times, they shoot too many 3s too early in the shot clock. The Magic have an identity: They want to use Howard for attention and let their athletic guards drive and create open outside looks. And then defend on the other end. But sometimes, they sure don't execute it. When they do, they're as good as anyone. When they don't, they equally as beatable.
Posted on: August 16, 2010 8:49 am
 

Shootaround 8.16.10: Chicken and the egg edition

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Posted by Matt Moore

Lance Stephenson's impressive performance in Summer League was enough to make you think maybe all the talk of him being a knucklhead was overblown. Whoops. Stephenson allegedly threw his girlfriend down a flight of stairs Sunday. The question of whether the acqusition of Darren Collison by the Pacers now looks like a savvy move or if Stephenson's realization that he's been bumped down the depth charthelped contribute to the incident is a lot like the chicken and the egg. Only with guys that throw their girlfriends down stairs. Not cool, if true.

Dwyane Wade feasts on the tears of children. No, seriously, there's video evidence and everything .

Mike Miller is no longer on the list of "guys you should mess around with." He's been training with MMA fighters .

Owners-media relationships are one of the more interesting developments in new media, as owners have been at both ends of the spectrum. Michael Hiesley has done interviews with blogs before. James Dolan, on the other hand, doesn't even speak up when he needs to make sure everyone knows the house is in order.

J.J. Redick was one of the most efficient players in the NBA last season, which is particularly difficult from the perimeter. With his new nifty $20 million contract, you have to wonder if he'll be given more opportunities to showcase that efficiency.

The Warriors sold for $450 million, which isn't a bad price tag in this economy. The Detroit Pistons, with multiple championships and a much greater basketball legacy, but in a decisively lower bargaining position, are on the table and close to a deal, but the leading bidder's not willing to go over $400 million . Whether this is the kind of driving force behind the failing economy of a symptom thereof, is, naturally, another chicken-and-the-egg deal. As long as the Pistons don't move, everything should be cool.

O.J. Mayo is arguably the second best player on the Grizzlies, depending on who you talk to. And there are six spot-on reasons why he doesn't have a place on the Grizzlies roster. This has "how the Grizzlies screw up a good situation, again" written all over it.

Josh Childress, on if he can be a lockdown perimeter defender on the Suns, a team not known for its defense, even marginally acceptable defense: "That's the plan."

Andrea Bargnani isn't the worst rebounding seven-footer in the history of the league. But it's really close .

Finally, I'd like to nominate the following as our official slogan for the 2010 FIBA World Championships: "Please do not get hurt, Tyson Chandler." Really? Eric Gordon goes with the team on the next leg, and JaVale McGee, for all his issues one of the true legit bigs on the roster, and Jeff Green go home? In Coach K we trust, but....


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.
Posted on: July 27, 2010 8:25 am
Edited on: July 27, 2010 10:27 am
 

Shootaround 7.27.10

  • Fans are often confused on how a guy can have huge numbers in Summer League, look aweseome, and not make the team, The answer is that often coaches aren't looking for a playmaker or heavy usage guy, but a role player. 48 Minutes of Hell has a breakdown of Alonzo Gee who looked great, but didn't do well at the thngs a Spurs role player back-up wing should do (pick and roll defense, corner 3). The Spurs for their part are very high on Gee from the sources I've spoken with, and as Manu Ginobili is fading off into the sunset over the next few years, don't be surprised to find Gee replacing him. For now, though, Gee may be headed back to Austin for another year.
  • Kobe says that anyone crazy enough to mess with him is crazy enough to play with him. Which is sweet. It's alwasy funny to see how players who dog the Lakers and talk tough against them turn into kittens when offered the chance to play for them. Matt Barnes is the latest meow mix.
  • You can let go of the idea of Kobe Bryant coaching when his playing days are over right now. Bryant's hyper-competitiveness couldn't take the stress of watching other players screw up possessions. That takes a patience that few hyper-competitive players have. There will always be that feeling of "get out of the way, just let me do it" that haunts guys who have been elite. Additionally, his coaching style would be hard to mesh with a team concept in the NBA, since few coaches opt for an offense built around "give this guy the ball and let him do whatever he wants, and don't screw up or I'll kill you."
  • An interesting nugget out of Anthony Randolph with the New York Times. Don Nelson had told him to rebound, and nothing else. In the long line of things about the Warriors' system that make no sense, this one is at the top. Randolph is a versatile player who can play point forward with a little work on his handle. Pushing him into a traditional rebounding forward role is wasting the potential of Randolph, which is the exact reason you drafted him. It's reasons like this that people celebrate when players are released from Nellie's control.
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Posted on: July 16, 2010 2:39 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2010 9:23 pm
 

Ronnie Brewer signs with Chicago

Posted by Royce Young

Multiple outlets (Sam Smith , David Aldridge , Marc Spears ) are reporting that guard Ronnie Brewer has signed with the Bulls. The deal is reportedly three years, $12.5 million.

Reportedly, Brewer turned down an offer from Boston to sign with the Bulls.

Besides the fact that the Bulls should now be called the Chicago Jazz, this is a good signing for them. Brewer's an excellent athlete and quality defender that can shoot and get to the rim. He adds immediate depth in the backcourt and can play multiple positions. The Bulls lost out on J.J. Redick when the Magic matched his offer, so Brewer was a pretty nice Plan B.

Everyone is talking about the Heat's big offseason, but quietly, the Bulls have done a ton of work. Just these past few weeks Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer have all been added to the roster. They were able to keep Luol Deng who they thought they'd lose and now with Derrick Rose in his third year and the rise of Joakim Noah, the Bulls are starting to look pretty scary.

Brewer played last season in both Utah and Memphis, but hurt his knee almost immediately upon arriving with the Grizzlies. In 58 games he averaged 8.8 points per game.

 
 
 
 
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