| Jan 31, 2012
| 9:33 PM
I’m old enough to know where the skeletons are buried from the rubble of Shaq’s defection from Orlando in 1996. I was there at “Planet Reebok” in Atlanta, site of the 1996 Summer Olympics, when Shaq officially bolted from the...
| Mar 14, 2012
| 10:58 AM
Is Dwight Howard approaching LeBron James' villainy status?
His latest proclamation that he wants to remain in Orlando through the season -- but that he doesn't want to sign a long-term deal or even an extension -- isn't sitting well with fans.
| Mar 15, 2012
| 4:30 PM
The cloud that hovered over the Orlando Magic evaporated early Thursday somewhere in the clouds between San Antonio and Orlando.
After months of agonizing over his future, and with the NBA trade deadline just hours away, All-Star center Dwight Howard...
| Mar 15, 2012
| 6:01 PM
The Orlando Magic did not make any moves before the NBA trade deadline expired at 3 Thursday afternoon.
"We looked at a ton of stuff over the last week," General Manager Otis Smith said. "But it had to make basketball sense. Probably what it comes down...
| Mar 18, 2012
| 2:17 PM
All these years later, even though he left Orlando and became one of the biggest superstars and most prodigious personalities in all of sports, Shaquille O'Neal admitted something the other day that maybe Dwight Howard is starting to realize.
| Mar 27, 2012
| 9:37 AM
NEW YORK — Few NBA general managers attend more of their teams' games and practices, home and away, than Otis Smith of the Orlando Magic. Smith believes that being around the team, its players and its coaches is the best way for a GM to understand...
| Mar 31, 2012
| 2:21 PM
Adonal Foyle sees one problem after another appear on Otis Smith's plate, and he questions the sanity of his chosen career path.
"I tell Otis, 'I think I'm reconsidering,' " Foyle laughed.
Foyle is learning the general-manager ropes under Smith, who...
| Apr 1, 2012
| 6:08 PM
Otis Smith stood outside the Magic's lockeroom 90 minutes before Sunday's game, wearing a motorcycle-themed T-shirt, ballcap and jeans.
A fan approached him, shook his hand and remarked that it looked like he had just hopped off his Harley. A suit and...
| Dec 25, 2011
| 9:35 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY — David Stern sounds unconcerned about the apparent trend of superstars leaving small- or mid-market cities for the bright lights of larger markets.
Asked how he wants to see Dwight Howard's situation play out and whether he's...
| Dec 27, 2011
| 6:32 PM
Some nights, Hedo Turkoglu plays like he did during the Orlando Magic's run to the 2009 NBA Finals. He runs the pick-and-roll with precision, finding open teammates or swishing open shots.
Other nights, he struggles as badly as he did during the Magic'...
| Dec 28, 2011
| 2:45 PM
The most intriguing games on the Orlando Magic schedule have typically involved the Boston Celtics, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat.
These days, that distinction belongs to the New Jersey Nets.
Dwight Howard's desire to be traded to New Jersey...
| Dec 30, 2011
| 8:51 AM
Stan Van Gundy said before the season began that he would try to be less demonstrative and more positive during games.
After three games, it seems that the Orlando Magic coach is delivering on that pledge.
But why is Van Gundy making this effort?