Make It So ………………

Make It So …………..

In the aftermath of the Orlando Magic’s postseason foray the organization now faces a difficult task in trying to retain their All Star center Dwight Howard . The three time NBA Defensive Player of the Year has categorically stated that he wishes to become a free agent at the end of the 2011-12 season . With that in mind , the GM Otis Smith and President /CEO Bob Vander Weide will have to do their utmost in assuring Howard that they will do their best to improve the roster . Inasmuch as the player has what seems to be a very good relationship with his coach Stan Van Gundy and the coach’s assistants I can’t help but feel that the relationship and the coach’s tenure has ran its course .


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Smith’s moves during the free agency period prove to be done more out of urgency rather than necessity . And in doing he saddled the organization with a number of burdensome contracts that were on the verge of expiring or that could well be bought out further leaving a somewhat financially strapped organization once again looking for a monetary handout from the NBA hierarchy . Encumbered with this mess , it is understandable why the player might well feel aggrieved knowing that while the team may well have finished with the fourth best record (52-30) in the Easter Conference it simply didn’t equate to much in the team’s postseason play and expectations. There was little to suggest that the acquisition of Jason Richardson , Quentin Richardson , Gilbert Arenas and Hedo Turkoglu added much to the team . It was felt somehow that the Magic needed that offensive tenacity about them but in doing so they gave up something of a far more balanced team , for a team that in terms of defense was lacking and the overall cohesiveness was completely missing.

I’ve long felt that Stan Van Gundy while being a good regular season coach simply cannot get the best out of his players during the postseason. He becomes to animated , clearly can’t communicate with his players whereby he gets across his points succinctly . But what might be even more telling, is that as a coach I for one do not believe he truly knows how to assess talent at the college level and that’s even with the assistants at his disposal. If you’re trying to tell me that the likes of JJ Redick and Jameer Nelson are to be the future of this team along with Dwight Howard I would tell you this organization simply hasn’t a chance in hell of winning an NBA title !

The history of this franchise is well known and chronicled to such an extent that it’s great achievements are the two appearances made in the NBA Finals of of 1995 and 2009 . Both of which ended up being rather lopsided series’ losses for the Orlando Magic . And it would appear that if the organization is ambitious to make another appearance in the NBA’s showcase event then Otis Smith and Bob Vander Weide will seriously have to look at making a major overhaul of this roster. Unfortunately , through being too capricious and encumbering the team with a saddled beast in terms of salaried commitments totalling almost $75 million for the 2011-12 season it’s hard to see how the two executives will address this matter . Buyouts notwithstanding , the organization would still have to address the issues of trades and the NBA Draft . And if as to be expected Howard is unwilling to sign a two year contract extension then the organization will most certainly have to look to trade their All Star center.

And in the upcoming draft the situation for the Orlando Magic hasn’t been made any easier given the fact that the team does not have a pick in the first rounds . It is not until the second round and the 23rd pick (number 53 overall) that the Magic will have the benefit of making their first choice in the 2011 NBA Draft. And given that there isn’t a dearth of marquee talent in this draft beyond the first 10 to 15 picks that t I do believe that the organization will actually struggle to replenish the roster with the prerequisite requirements thought to be needed by the Orlando Magic .

With the Magic now housed in their new multi million state of the art venue the Amway Center housed in downtown Orlando at the taxpayers’ expense ___- to say that the organization isn’t now chasing after the proverbial pot of gold in terms of competitive success, contending for an NBA title is of the utmost desire for team owner Rich De Vos and his fellow executives . Coming off a 2010 —- season where success was short of expectations and once again where the team is expected post a loss for the fiscal year it has to be said the impending loss of Dwight Howard could be a forebearer of impending doom and gloom for the team and its fans. In 2009 the Orlando Magic and fifteen other NBA franchises were the recipients of $ 450 million by way of the league hierarchy secured in loans from various financial institutions. NBA Commissioner David Stern said at the time …… ” that these loans shouldn’t be viewed as a bailout of the teams in question but merely as a way of bolstering their financial security “. The very same edict and feat was repeated again this past season with a further $ 300 million again loaned to teams and it now begs the question if these franchises are said to have acute financial problems then what does that say about the league hierarchy itself ? Financial woes notwithstanding , I firmly believe that even with the ongoing issues at hand between the NBA and NBPA concerning the existing collective bargaining agreement (due to expire 30th June) it is quite obvious that the plight of the Orlando Magic will almost certainly be one where a prudent choice may well be the right decision that could end up being determining how the negotiations between the two parties are resolved and where Dwight Howard’s future will ultimately lay.

NBPA Executive Director Billy Hunter and union President Derek Fisher know full well with the 53/47 split in terms of the league revenues totaling approximately $4.5 billion there has to be an accord reached between the league and the union. With the two sides meandering towards some type of agreement but no real sign that there’s a compromise it leaves the sports fan if we are about to see the same sort of stupidity shown by the NFL , NFLPA and the team owners . And at this moment in time that scenario looks as if it could also raise its head amongst the NBA team owners , league hierarchy and union .

The consequences of Dwight Howard possibly leaving the Magic from a competitive and financial standpoint would be a disaster in numerous ways . Having lost Shaquille O’Neal due to a lack of ambition on the part of the organization and quite possibly due to the fact that O’Neal felt that he was a minnow in a small pond . As we know the recently retired player went on to great success with the Los Angeles Lakers and thereon after. GM John Gabriel who has since left the organization and coach Brian Hill had a measured amount of success with the Magic but in the aftermath of it all that success has been fleeting with the organization . Upheavals within the front office and through the coaching carousel that tends to happen with such instances the turnaround started with the drafting of Dwight Howard and not long after the installation of Smith as general manager and acquiring at the time what the a group of players who would complement the player’s skill-set.

The decisions that are made within an organization can shape that entity either immediately or over the course of its future . This will be one decision that either way could have a long and lasting effect on what direction that this basketball franchise could very well be heading in . It remains to be seen what decision will be made by the Dwight Howard and whether or not he will be persuaded to stay with the team . The persuasiveness of Bob Vander Weide and Otis Smith has to be pronounced and with intent if they are to have any chance of proving to the player that they are capable of being prominent and perennial contenders within the NBA .



Picture gallery for your perusal .

As an NBA fan do you feel that it would be in the best interest of Dwight Howard to remain with the Orlando Magic or simply leave the organization as a free agent or would it be in the Magic’s best interest to seek a sign and trade deal for the player ? Your comments if any as you deem fit .

Alan aka tophatal ………………..

Picture and slide show details below .


(1) ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 28: Stan Van Gundy of the Orlando Magic reacts after a missed basket during game six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on April 28, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. Getty Images/ Kevin C Cox …….

(2) A message for and to Dwight ? A fan holds up a neon green sign with the words “Kryptonite” written on it during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs between the Atlanta Hawks and the Orlando Magic at Philips Arena on April 28, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. Getty Images/ Kevin C Cox …..

(3) Dwight Howard (12) of the Orlando Magic reacts after a turnover to the Atlanta Hawks during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 28, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. Getty Images/ Kevin C Cox …..

(4) Gilbert Arenas (1) of the Orlando Magic drives to the basket against Josh Smith (5) and Al Horford (15) of the Atlanta Hawks during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 28, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. Getty Images / Kevin C Cox …..

(5) Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy (C) yells at referees to play the game as forward Hedo Turkoglu (R) and CEO of the Magic Bob Vander Weide (L) look on as their team plays the Atlanta Hawks during second half of Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff basket ball game in Orlando, Florida April 19, 2011.The Magic beat the Hawks 88 – 82 . REUTERS/Kevin Kolczynski …..(UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

(6) Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy and GM Otis Smith (right) received 3-year contract extensions from the NBA franchise. They are talking about it with the Orlando Media . courtesy of Orlando Sentinel ………

NBA commissioner David Stern, left, chats with Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos during the first half of Game 1 in a second-round of the NBA basketball playoff series between the Magic and the Atlanta Hawks in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, May 4, 2010. Stern announced earlier Tuesday that the 2012 All-Star Game will be held in Orlando. AP Photo/John Raoux ……..


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NB: NBA salary cap is $57.75 million for the 2010-11 season

Author: tophatal ...........

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18 thoughts on “Make It So ………………”

  1. Given the financial mess of the teams and the league as a whole it wouldn’t surprise me if Dwight Howard were granted a sign and trade deal ! It’s the best that the Magic can hope for because they’re shackled with the these dumb ass contracts that it appears Otis Smith didn’t take into account were the Magic not to make it to the Finals . The existing cba expires June 30th and the two sides , league hierarchy and the union (NBPA) are no closer to reaching an accord than a peace deal being negotiated between the Israelis and Palestinians .

    Mind you De Vos (co founder of Amway Inc) has to be pleased with his son in law Bob Vaner Weide’s accomplishments . Two years running and the Magic has lost cumulatively in excess of $60 million . Ouch ! Otis Smith on the other hand will still get a pass alongside Van Gundy . What a terrific organization ! LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

    ‘And you thought the Heat had problems ‘ ? Otis Smith . ‘ Well at least we don’t have to buy tampons for Dwight, unlike Riley who has to for LeBron !’ SVG

    tophatal ………..


  2. When I get hot , bothered , start to bleed and sweat profusely I swear by using Kotex as it simply stops all forms of odor and bleeding from a certain part of my anatomy . Kotex don’t leave home without it I don’t .

    LeBron’s latest corporate sponsor has just been anounced it’s the makers of Kotex . A tampon worth wearing to stop the bleeding .

    Witness LeBron a man whose penis and testes in these Finals were replaced by a vagina .


  3. Sure will be interesting to see where Dwight ends up. If they didn’t make those trades, maybe Dwight could talk a free agent to come and play with him, but they have no money to spend on that now. It’s crazy he’s the fourth highest paid player on the team. Seems pretty ridiculous.


    1. And I thought only in baseball did we actually have dumb ass gm’s ? Not so as Otis Smith is making me rethink that altogether . If he’s like of any his peers in the NBA then it’s now easy to understand why the teams have become so financially imperiled . The Magic are on the hook for almost $75 million next season and the salary cap in the NBA is meant to be $57 million .

      The situation has now become so comedic that it’s beyond a joke ! Now with the uncertainty between the league and the union nothing now is certain , be it a renewal of the existing cba or a completely revamped agreement.

      It’s become laughable what has gone on here in C Florida in terms of the three most popular professional sports franchises . The Bucs aren’t exacltly hamstrung but the Glazers aren’t exacly capricious in their spending . And Sternberg has the Rays now living on a shoestring budget. Now with the Magic the shit is about to hit the fan big time .

      Have you read a good book lately ? Jordan Carver needs to know .

      tophatal ……..

      tophatal ……………


    1. Bobby Gee

      There was a reason the Shaq’s madness when he left the Magic in the way that he did and the rest as they say is history . If Dwight remains in with the organization I firmly believe that his stats will decline and he’ll become disenchanted .

      I mean the team had their shot and blew it in their most recent appearance in the Finals (2009) . Now he’s been saddled with a bunch of misfits and the albatross around the team’s neck is the fact that they’ve been saddled with contracts that will be tough to get rid off much less buy out and place themselves in a precarious financial state.

      The organization is now in a mess from top to bottom and then some !

      Not only is it time for Dwight Howard to move on but it is in his career interest to do so . Stan Van Gundy is slipping as a coach as he’s now on borrowed time . If he couldn’t win in 09 then he will never win . It’s now sad fact that beyond Popovich , Rivers and now Carlisle there aren’t any other coaches in the league to have won an NBA title . Not only is the game becoming dour in terms of the play but also the coaching as well .

      tophatal ……..


    1. Uh you mean the deal to give both Smith and Van Gundy three year contract extensions ? Now you know why I’ve been critical of the Magic front office and their business acumen. These guys have about as much business sense as the assholes who control the FOMC inside the Federal Reserve . They wouldn’t know s_it if came down in the form of a meteorite and hit them in between the eyes !

      The Magic have been hamstrung by these asinine deals that even if they choose to buy out some of those contracts it still won’t put them in a better financial situation given the mess the organization is in financially . Get the feeling that De Vos and Vander Weide will ‘ll be looking for another monetary bailout this upcoming season courtesy of Stern and the league hierarchy ?

      I wouldn’t blame Howard were he to decide to leave the team . They’ve gone about as far as they can with both he and Van Gundy . That team simply isn’t good enough to win an NBA title ! They’ve blown their stack twice now and besides teams in the conference are now getting better while the Magic have begun to regress. You may not want to admit that but it’s now there for all to see . Their postseason was clearly indicative of that .



    1. al clements

      You talking College Football or the NFL ? Both will be filled with a great deal of intrigue given the recent occurrences don’t you think ?

      Should things become dire you could always become a library assistant during the season and give Jordan Carver a helping hand or anything else that she might be in need of .

      tophatal ……………..


  4. Otis is banking on…er…praying that Hedo and Agent Zero discover the fountain of youth next season. Unfortunately, for Otis that likely ain’t going to happen. He better deal DHoward before it’s too late…

    P.S. Jordan Carver asked me to serve as her lactation consultant and I can’t wait to get started. She didn’t even bat an eyelash when I told her we would need to be together 24/7


    1. Drew

      If that doesn’t work out then bank on Patrick Ewing to come back out of retirement and suit up alongside Dwight . Personally I think that Smith fu#ked up royally here but he can’t be any worse than his predecessor John Weisbrod who’s know in the NHL working as a scout .

      Jordan can actually play either pool or billiard as well

      Sofia Vergara

      Denise Milani

      A lactation consultant for Jordan Carver I wonder what other perks come along with that apart from sucking on those ample titties ? Sportschump and I are also partial to Sofia Vergara and Denise Milani ! Let me know what you think ?


  5. I think Dwights time in Orlando has come to an end. This Magic team has never been able to get over the hump, and blew their title shot in 09. I have no idea what happened to J Rich and Helo. They were absolutely garbage this season. I dont think Stan Van does a great job of controlling his players and getting the message across, perhaps if he didn’t yell the whole time his player woudld listen. That trade they made, took them 5 steps backwards. If Dwight wants to win a title, he’s gonna have to go else where. I would like to see him in a clippers jersey or something like that lol. or even OKC with Durant would be tight. I just don’t want to see him in New York or Orlando or LA. It seems as in this era all the big market teams are flourishing and killing all the small franchises.

    Anyways, this summer as already been dull when it comes to sports. Bring on College Football!


    1. jgome

      The front office of the Magic led by owner Rich de Vos (Amway co founder) , his son in law Bob Vander Weide and GM Otis Smith simply haven’t a god-damn clue !

      Dwight has become disenchanted with organization and team and it’d be in his best interest to pursue his NBA career elsewhere . The table was set when Shaq moved on to join the Lakers .

      The Magic simply regressed this past season rather than actually improving and much of that is down to the piss poor job of coaching by Van Gundy and the asinine roster moves made by GM Otis Smith .

      tophatal ……


    1. Drew

      Yes it does ! Having sex with Vergara , Jordan Carver and Rosie Huntington Whitely (who’s taken over from Megan Fox in the new Transformers movie ) all at once in the same bed . Oh by the way I’d gladly do Fox as well !

      Rosie Huntington-Whitely

      Megan Fox


      As for Dwight I don’t think that he’ll be residing in Orlando at the end of next season because I think that the Magic will either trade him or the player himself will force a trade !

      tophatal ……..


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