–Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel writes how Otis Smith has built a winning culture in Orlando.
–Dwight Howard grew up, and it was his own decision. Trey Kirby of The Basketball Jones laments this loss.
–Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer writes the Bobcats learned lessons about themselves from the Magic in the Playoffs. Tyrus Thomas is among those who will be leading Charlotte back to Orlando tonight.
–Today is the Magic’s day in the month-long NBA Blog Preview. Ben Q Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post, Eddy Rivera of Magic Basketball and myself at Orlando Magic Daily answered a few questions about the upcoming season. Howard the Dunk also has an early power poll which places Orlando fourth.
–In an effort to give teams more to think about, Zach McCann of The Orlando Sentinel reports Orlando worked on implementing a zone defense. In addition to that, Ben Q Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post reports Orlando is still working on making the offense crisper and cutting down on fouls and turnovers.
–Ryan Anderson is out to prove this year he is more than just a 3-point shooter and talks with Ben Q Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post about his improved rebounding ability.
–Jason Williams is back running and is progressing in his rehab from knee surgery, Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel reports.
–Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie calls Jameer Nelson and Gerald Wallace (both All Stars, mind you) two of the most underrated players in the league.
–John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com does a mailbag column, noting the serious tone in practice for the Magic.
–In other injury news, Eduardo Najera is back on the court after suffering a sports hernia. He is still probably a week away from contact drills, writes Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
–Brett of Queen City Hoops samples various previews of the Bobcats.
–Very cool news of ESPN partnering with Marvel Comics for their NBA preview, per Rob Mahoney of Pro Basketball Talk.
–Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel lists 10 ways Dwight Howard can become the league’s MVP.
–Marcin Gortat has been playing and preparing to see more time at power forward. He also tells Zach McCann of The Orlando Sentinel the Magic could have a better front line than the Lakers.