UPDATE: Rashard Lewis will start at small forward tonight with Brandon Bass sliding over to power forward.
–Dwight Howard put on a shooting display in front of the media Thursday as he continues to add the jump shot to his offensive arsenal. Ben Q Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post believes Howard’s jumper is here to stay.
–Similarly, a much more serious Dwight Howard discovered what was within him in the final three games of the Eastern Conference Finals. Now John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com writes Howard is integrating that type of focus and a new offensive arsenal into his everyday game. Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel also reports Howard is approaching this season with a much more serious demeanor.
–Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel reports Stan Van Gundy is trying to show a different side of his often abrasive personality and is trying to connect with his players on a personal level.
–Jeff Rabjohns of the Indianapolis Star writes the differences in Roy Hibbert’s game will be noticeable the moment he steps on the court.
–Pacers rookie Lance Stephenson is trying to prove himself to fans after being arrested this offseason, writes Cliff Brunt of the Associated Press.
–Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star writes Coach Jim O’Brien is worried about his team’s rebounding. Conrad Brunner of Pacers.com also reports O’Brien admitting rebounding is a concern, even after one preseason game.
–Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel admits a newfound respect for Jameer Nelson’s quick recovery to play in the 2009 NBA Finals after experiencing his own rotator cuff surgery.
–Eddy Rivera of Magic Basketball has a fun look at the best plus/minus seasons in team history.
–Basketball Prospectus predicts the Pacers will have a 50-loss season this year.
–Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel continues a look at the Magic roster with a preview of Daniel Orton.
–In other fun news, Steve Francis was arrested Thursday night in Los Angeles.