–Andrew Melnick of Howard the Dunk, Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel, Ben Q Rock or Orlando Pinstriped Post, Dan Savage of OrlandoMagic.com and myself joined Eddy Rivera of Magic Basketball had a roundtable discussion about the upcoming season.
–Mickael Pietrus and Quentin Richardson will get the night off tonight and Rashard Lewis will start at small forward.
–Malik Allen recounts to Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel a scary night in Orlando when he discovered he had a heart arrythmia.
–The Bulls front court depth took another hit as Taj Gibson was held out of Friday night’s game with a sore heel. And with Gibson out, Thibodeau tried a big lineup that featured Joakim Noah and Omer Asik in the front court.
–Chicago has been shooting well from behind the 3-point line, something the team did not do well last year.
–Several Tribune writers debate whether Michael Jordan really could have score 100 points in the modern NBA.
–Dallas’ Jason Kidd tells Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune that he is a big fan of Derrick Rose.
–Similarly, Stan Van Gundy is impressed with how Tom Thibodeau has adjusted to being the head coach of the Bulls and sees success in his future.
–Stan Van Gundy’s apology is yet another reason to love the Magic’s coach, writes Mike Bianchi of The Orlando Sentinel. Trey Kirby of The Basketball Jones, Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk and NBA Facts & Rumors agree Van Gundy is a class act.
–Ben Q Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post writes Quentin Richardson and Chris Duhon are making the most of their opportunities on the Magic.
–Zach McCann of The Orlando Sentinel reports the Magic want Daniel Orton to lose 10-15 pounds before he starts practicing fully with the team.
–This preseason has been a chance for Brandon Bass to showcase himself — both to coach Stan Van Gundy and, perhaps, future trading partners.
–Dwight Howard assures Tim Povtak of AOL Fanhouse that he will be able to adjust to the NBA’s new technical foul rule and be well behaved. He may be back to his old self soon as the NBA Players’ Union has announced plans to file legal action against the NBA for establishing the new rule.
–Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel continues a player-by-player look at the roster with Jason Williams.
–Amway Center gets a chance to redeem itself tonight after a lighting malfunction at Thursday’s game.
–Ben Q Rock makes some interesting notes from the locker room after the Magic’s win over the Bobcats.