There is a post on Orlando Pinstriped Post (the Magic blog) bashing Otis Smith for Orlando's terrible offseason and many, many problems right now. It's interesting to see the other side of this whole situation and worth checking out.
It openly questions Dwight's motivation right now, while pointing out they nearly got swept by the Hawks in the 1st round last season.
It goes on to highlight questionable trades and signings by Smith...
But Smith made those regrettable deals almost precisely a year ago. His activity this summer? Drafting Justin Harper and DeAndre Liggins; trading Brandon Bass for Glen Davis and Von Wafer; re-signing Jason Richardson to a four-year contract; and re-signing Earl Clark to a two-year contract.
...and all the of the weaknesses of the Magic roster.
The Magic's most glaring weakness in 2010/11 was their utter lack of a reliable shot-creator. When defenses manage to a) bottle Howard up, b) shut down the Magic's pick-and-roll/ball-reversal game, or c) both a) and b), Orlando had nobody who could break a defense down and create a good look.
Orlando's strengths and weaknesses remain the same. This is not a team that can compete for a championship as presently constructed. That's not a rash reaction to one 33-point preseason defeat or a playoff series in which the team dramatically underperformed almost across the board; that's what I believe to be an honest assessment of Orlando's capabilities.
A few thoughts..
- The Nets have similar problems. If you change the names in the article, as far as actual basketball and how the team plays it could have basically been talking about the our problems. The difference obviously is that they are a playoff team that cannot take it to the next level, while we are a lottery team.
- We also have better young players in my opinion. Brook is already a top center and potential great player, plus Marshawn, who I am excited for, and Bogdanovic coming.
- We all know about Brooklyn, and our better cap situation, as well as the better GM.
- Reading some of the fan posts, they are understandably angry and depressed.
The bottom line is we are very lucky that there is not the same panic around here about Deron leaving and whether we will trade him. At least not yet.