–The Magic Show, the team’s pregame acrobatic display, is officially canceled. Not because DJ Anthony Johnson was not re-signed, but rather because Dwight Howard has vowed to take a much more serious approach to the game, writes Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel.
–John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com writes it is finally time to open the Amway Center for basketball. Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel reports, the Magic used their shootaround to get used to playing on the new court.
–First-year Hornets coach Monty Williams preached execution entering his team’s first preseason game last night in Memphis. The starters played well in taking a lead, but the bench players could not maintain that level, writes John Reid of The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune.
–Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News suggests uncertainty in New Orleans’ ownership group could push Chris Paul out of town.
–Joe Gerrity of Hornets247 writes the Hornets’ starters were extremely good early in the game, and, as expected, the bench allowed everything to fall apart.
–Jimmy Smith of The Times-Picayune writes the thought of Marcus Thornton and Peja Stojakovic coming off the bench this year is very promising for New Orleans.
–Stan Van Gundy wants Rashard Lewis to post up and look to score more now that he will be playing at the 3 more, reports Zach McCann of The Orlando Sentinel.
–Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel reveals that teams typically win more games in their first year in a new arena.
–Stan Van Gundy got some good news, getting notification that he can indeed wear his trademark turtlenecks under the NBA’s new coach’s dress code.
–There is some grand opening tonight of some arena. Hmm… Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel also has some other nuggets about tonight’s game.
–James Grayson of Swarm And Sting lists some things to look out for from New Orleans heading into its first preseason game (which was yesterday). I assume much of it still applies for tonight.
–Eddy Rivera of Magic Basketball recaps Friday’s sloppy game with the Pacers.