–Dwight Howard is very doubtful for tonight’s game after contracting the stomach virus that has been making its way around the team, Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel reports. Jameer Nelson and JJ Redick too may not play because of the same illness.
–Vince Carter has been trying to fit himself into Orlando’s offense. It is a frustration for many Magic fans. And Carter tells Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel that has been his struggle too. For now Carter seems intent to stay in the flow of the offense.
–Early in the season Mickael Pietrus had a heated discussion with Stan Van Gundy about playing time. Now as December begins, Pietrus (aside from teh recent stomach bug) is playing some very spirited basketball and earned his way back into the rotation.
–Dan Feldman of Piston Powered chronicles the rise and fall(?) of Joe Dumars.
–Brandon Bass has made a living this year on mid-range jumpers, as Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post expands upon.
–A big day is approaching for Malik Allen. His contract becomes fully guaranteed on Dec. 15 and the Magic have not made a final decision on what to do.
–A group of Middle Eastern investors appear to be in the running to take over ownership of the Pistons, Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press writes. As of Thursday night, the NBA was denying involvement of any potential Middle Eastern investors, Gregg Krupa of The Detroit News reports. Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk also reports David Stern saying it was a miscommunication between himself and a foreign reporter.
–Count Mark Ferland of The Sports Jury among those who believes Dwight Howard is this year’s MVP… so far.
–Detroit coach John Kuester can be pretty happy with rookie Greg Monroe.
–Pistons second-year forward Jonas Jerebko tore his Achilles tendon in the preseason. He made the trip with Detroit to Florida and is eager to get back to action.
–Hal Boedeker of The Orlando Sentinel reports last night’s Heat-Cavaliers game drew a larger rating in Orlando than most regular season Magic broadcasts.
–Mike Bianchi of The Orlando Sentinel asks the readers whether Billy Donovan made the right decision jilting the Magic to say with the Gators.