Rafer Alston trade huge coup for Magi...

Rafer Alston trade huge coup for Magic GM Smith, puts Orlando b...

There are 61 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Feb 19, 2009, titled Rafer Alston trade huge coup for Magic GM Smith, puts Orlando b.... In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Here's what we can say with almost absolute certainty: This will work out much better than the last time the Magic dealt for a point guard from Houston.

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turdstorm

United States

#42 Feb 20, 2009
Whoever is skeptical about alston because of a few people on rockets message boards needs to pay more attention. they wanted him out for someone better, but we all know that point guards are hard to come by in this league. they definitely believe they got the bad end of the deal considering he was one of their leaders for their crippled team. even if alston isn't that great for us, he's a hell of a lot better than the lue/AJ combo - i got headaches every night watching those two. alson will bring D, a decent 3pt shot that will probably improve on the magic, ball handling, and the ability to pass the damn ball. AJ/lue don't know how to pass and act more like undersized SGs. So far, all i've seen lue do is stand by half court and pass it to turk, get his shot blocked, or miss wide open shots. This move, my friends, was an awesome move to salvage the season somewhat.
Vagner Vargas

Brasília, Brazil

#43 Feb 20, 2009
Magic fan from Brazil here. Otis did great to give this team a chance to win this season. As a fan, I was frustrated with the team play since Jameer went down and was hoping that this season would end quickly. It was a really sad thought, but the Magic had no chance to win with Lue and Johnson running the point. Otis must be thanked for bringing Alston to Orlando and giving us fans some hope. I'm excited about watching the games again, thank you, Otis and let's go Magic!
J-Magic

Sarasota, FL

#44 Feb 20, 2009
Good job Otis...anyone who thinks this was a bad move is an idiot. Yeah, Tinsley should have been someone Smith was looking at, but what makes everyone think he didn't? I'm sure he was trying for Sessions too but you can't get everything you want. I can't believe we unloaded such terrible players for a starting point gurard. I'm so stoked!!!!!!!
J-Magic

Sarasota, FL

#45 Feb 20, 2009
Lue is one of the worst guards in te league. I almost passed out due to shock when we picked him up. At least Otis realized quickly that it wasn't working and made another move.
Aron

Orlando, FL

#46 Feb 20, 2009
Reality is Truth wrote:
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No Lee will be starting next year and hopefullly Battie will be gone
Battie has years left on his contract. The only way we get rid of him is by a trade
Aron

Orlando, FL

#47 Feb 20, 2009
Vagner Vargas wrote:
Magic fan from Brazil here. Otis did great to give this team a chance to win this season. As a fan, I was frustrated with the team play since Jameer went down and was hoping that this season would end quickly. It was a really sad thought, but the Magic had no chance to win with Lue and Johnson running the point. Otis must be thanked for bringing Alston to Orlando and giving us fans some hope. I'm excited about watching the games again, thank you, Otis and let's go Magic!
BIG UPS for covering us in Brazil!! I'm gonna visit one day!
Andy

United States

#48 Feb 20, 2009
You guys will be pleasently surprised about Rafer. He's not a very good shooter but he knows how to run a team. By the way, he is a very good defender. He's actually a better facilatator than Jameer.

“Are You Kidding Me? SHAQ left?”

Since: Feb 08

Orlando[Alt.Springs]-Houston

#49 Feb 20, 2009
Holy Crap!!

""Amare Out 8 Weeks""
The Suns announced Friday that Amare Stoudemire had eye surgery to repair a partially detached retina suffered Wednesday. He could miss the rest of the regular season,

“Are You Kidding Me? SHAQ left?”

Since: Feb 08

Orlando[Alt.Springs]-Houston

#50 Feb 20, 2009
First Jameer, Now Stoudamire, KG, Granger, Oden, Manu...all out....
Dang...
What is going on??

I feel pretty good about us right about now!:-)
turdstorm

United States

#51 Feb 20, 2009
ha, wow... maybe they should have taken amare out of the game when they were blowing the clipps out... like they needed him to beat a team that's w/o camby, kaman, ricky davis (ejected), zach randolph (suspended for punching ponytail the game before). That's the price the suns pay for trying to expose a team of one starter, who's having an average season in the first place. So much for potentially rooting for the suns as an underdog in the playoffs too. At least i get to see shaq be fat and dominate the rest of the season.
Tommy

Katy, TX

#52 Feb 20, 2009
I think Orlando fans will enjoy Rafer. He can distribute and run an offense, plus he already has experience with VanGundy. He also brings a bit of swagger to the court, and I believe you'll see many Rafer-Dwight alley-oops which will electrify a home crowd (or silence a road crowd).

From a Houston POV, I'm perfectly fine with Aaron Brooks taking over at the point. We're 6-1 with him starting this year, anyway. Lowry seems like a promising back-up, too.

I wish Rafer (and Orlando) the best. While he's not the best shooter (in fact, one of the worst), he knows how to run an offense and gives 100% effort all of the time (unlike Tracy McGrady...). His effort is really what got him to where he is now.
TexasThom

College Station, TX

#53 Feb 20, 2009
Rafer isn't regarded as a great PG, but one thing for certain is that he does have basketball intelligence. He did make some on-court mistakes with his decisions, but who doesn't. Last year in the playoffs, we lost two games at home because Rafer wasn't playing.
For Orlando fans, I would give him a week or two, but eventually, his smarts will show through, and he'll make the right on-court decisions for ya'll.
So, how about a Rockets/Magic reunion in the finals? We can all dream right? I don't think it will be a sweep this time though.
turdstorm

United States

#54 Feb 20, 2009
Tommy,
Good to see another houston fan on here supporting rafer and wishing him luck. A lot of class from all these rockets followers, can't say that much for a lot of magic fans i've seen on here. I hope brooks does well as a starting pg. Lowry has promise too, goodluck.
I must say

Palm Coast, FL

#55 Feb 20, 2009
Trade of the year. Best trade since Pau Gasol.
JOSE PEREZ

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#56 Feb 20, 2009
Thi is an incredible coup de etat by Otis. Thanks to Otis. I can not understand how you were able to accomplish this.
Aron

Orlando, FL

#57 Feb 20, 2009
O-MAGIC wrote:
First Jameer, Now Stoudamire, KG, Granger, Oden, Manu...all out....
Dang...
What is going on??
I feel pretty good about us right about now!:-)
Redd, Bogut, Bynum... Yeah lots of stars have got hurt this year. It's defiantly be a very weird year.

“Are You Kidding Me? SHAQ left?”

Since: Feb 08

Orlando[Alt.Springs]-Houston

#58 Feb 20, 2009
Aron wrote:
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Redd, Bogut, Bynum... Yeah lots of stars have got hurt this year. It's defiantly be a very weird year.
wow..forgot about them....Jeez....
Well....maybe KG injury is safe....but the rest....I think only Lakers and the Magic can handle it but the rest are season spoilers....
Bucks/Suns are crying right about now...
Ouch....
But Hey....who gives a damn diggity....we know what we had with GHILL so no mercy here... lol
pnoyRocket

Mississauga, Canada

#59 Feb 20, 2009
Was just browsing here to see what magic fans think about the trade.

I personally think you got a steal. Like what other fellow rocket fans said, he's not the best shooter, but he is a great facilitator. He's a better PG than Jameer. You guys will like him.

Good luck Skip! I'll watch you in the finals. Hopefully against the Rockets (yeah, I haven't given up)...

I am also a Magic fan now.
barnettej -OMZF-

Fort Mill, SC

#60 Feb 20, 2009
I have to admit that I was on board the firing squad as the minutes ticked. But Otis pulled off a big trade, and it actually made sense. Trading for Alston is a plus all around. If you think about it, Houston is a sinking ship at 6th. They do not look like they are going to climb any higher with out Tracy McGrady. Now Alston has a chance to start for a team that has alot less holes, and can still reach for atleast the ECF if fnot finals. So good job to Otis, you are showing some real commitment while being smart. We one the OrlandoMagicZone Forums will try and forget the Fran pick.... kidding, no harm no foul.
mccreet

La Fayette, KY

#61 Feb 20, 2009
I take back what I said the other day when it appeared that no trade was going down. I like this trade and I think it will work out much better for us that ty lou and aj at point. I think if foyle gets waived we should pick him up again. I think he could be a huge advantage with our boston playoff game. Put foyle on davis or perkins and let howard handle garnett. Foyle's style of game and shape of his body will give the bostons two bigs trouble. Howard could concentrate on garnett who he could do well with.Van Gundy ,Foyle is the answer to the boston loss we had earlier, I guarantee it will work.

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