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There are 72 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from May 13, 2008, titled Magic's disappointment measured by addition of building block f.... In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Another heart-wrenching loss. Another Motown meltdown. Another horrible ending. But . . . What a great season, huh? It's just too bad such a magnificient season has to have such a melancholy ending.

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V8PistonPower

Farmington, MI

#2 May 13, 2008
Not here to gloat, Magic fans. With a couple off-season moves, your guys could take another step next year.

Bianchi's right though - basic, fundamental basketball isn't always as exciting or glamorous as a Dwight Howard slam, but it wins games. Free-throw shooting wins (and loses) games was a lesson I heard back in middle school 30+ years ago, and its still true today.

Look at the past season as progress, but there's still some roster work to do. Good luck next year guys.

Go Pistons!
Go Wings!
Chadius Maximus

Winter Garden, FL

#3 May 13, 2008
That might be the greatest column you've ever written about the magic, mike. Thanks for the shockingly positive perspective!
MigB

Lakeland, FL

#4 May 13, 2008
Thanks for a Great Effort and a Great Season! Congratulations Orlando Magic!!!
See you next year!!!
TY TAYLOR FROM DETROIT

United States

#5 May 13, 2008
Sorry Magic fans. Your team played hard and you should look to your future because it is a very bright one. I think your are one piece away from taking that final step.So with my beloved PISTONS getting up in age I would say to you that your time is near. Looking forward to seeing you next year. GO PISTONS
ListenSonny

Orlando, FL

#6 May 13, 2008
Congrats on a great season, Magic. We just need to mature a little more, work on our free throw shooting, and maybe add a couple more pieces to the team, but the Dwight/Rashard/Hedo/Jameeer combo looks pretty good, and we have some other nice role players as well. I still think JJ could contribute effectively somewhere in the NBA, but Orlando may not be the place...we already have a bunch of 3-pt gunners. Foyle and Garrity may be done...not sure about Arroyo, he had some great games...he and Dooling are both good backup guards, and I don't think Chris Paul is going to be available anytime soon. Maybe Grant Hill will come back and play one more year--just kidding !!:)
Iron Giant

Orlando, FL

#7 May 13, 2008
Problem is... I don't see how their guard play can get any better. Their Front line is great and Howard should get even better if thats even possible.

They gave Nelson the long term deal and they are nearly capped out. So how does their guard play get better??
golden ale

El Paso, TX

#8 May 13, 2008
great column by the retard who predicted the Magic would not make the playoffs, and also recently wrote what a great GM Otis is.

Never mind that all the players play the same position, and it is Dwight Howard and a bunch of undersized boys against men. Yup great season. Great GM. But still another worthless column by a worthless writer written for the worthless sports section of a worthless newspaper.
WTF

San Antonio, TX

#9 May 13, 2008
Another thing the Magic learned is they are weak. They don't have the size to compete against the elite teams, yes Detroit played dirty, but the Magic don't have the size to push back, plain and simple. The Magic need to address this over the summer, they need to get a rugged PF to help out Dwight, and move Hedo to SF and Rashard to SG, with Bogans and Evans backing them up off the bench. If we had size to **** with the Pistons bigs, we would have won this series.
Drew

Bedford, TX

#10 May 13, 2008
I saw the Magic push back plenty of times, and be called for those fouls as well as several touch fouls. The DirtyCity Pistons get a free pass on most of their would-be fouls. Take away that advantage and it goes to a game 7. I'd even go as far as saying it would give the magic the advantage.

All in all, though, a great season. Too bad the team composition will change greatly next year. Too many free agents, not enough cash.
kenB

Belleville, MI

#11 May 13, 2008
Drew , How good are the drugs in Florida, Your team won one game. Lets be real!
Billwinkle

Taylor, MI

#12 May 13, 2008
To be sure, a great year.

With experience, they will also learn about the big talk before the series. This is a sign of mental doubt - the good teams don't say that much. Writers too.

And they will get better at crunch time.
e-rodriguez

Plano, TX

#13 May 13, 2008
We had a great season,but let's face it,it was experience that beat us guy...and the Pistons are full of it.Still 3 of the 4 games the Magic lost to this team could of gone either way,but when it came down to the final couple of minutes,they knew what to do,and how to get it done,and the magic didn't.The Magic are the more talented team,but they are a more experinced team and they have been playing together,longer than the Magic have.I'm proud of my home team,Howard,Hedo,Lewis,Nelson, you guys did really good this year,and next year I know the Magic will do even better....
Magicfan1

United States

#14 May 13, 2008
heartbreak I cannot watch anymore playoffs.
DAC

Eddyville, KY

#15 May 13, 2008
I believe it was Theo Ratliff that was running his mouth. His team mates delivered for him but he could benefit from the lesson behind what you're saying as well. That said good luck to the Pistons.

Great season Magic! Looking forward to next year. Three of those games could have easily gone the other way.
Billwinkle wrote:
To be sure, a great year.
With experience, they will also learn about the big talk before the series. This is a sign of mental doubt - the good teams don't say that much. Writers too.
And they will get better at crunch time.
Deeeeeeeetroit Basketball

Milford, MI

#16 May 13, 2008
Well done Magic. It was a good series. I'm impressed with you team and with the future. Stan Van Gundy has done a great job. Good luck next year... just not against us.
Deeeeeeeetroit Basketball

Milford, MI

#17 May 13, 2008
Whoa there!!! E-Rod, the Magic are the more talented team??? I don't think so. You guys maybe better at 3 pointers, but not that much better. Dwight Howard is still Mr. Dunk-O-Matic which is great for the fans, but it leaves a glaring weakness which the Pistons just exposed. You need two Bigs, which you don't have. Ratliff pointed that out. A good player to go after would be Jermaine O'Neal. That would put you guys over the top.
lorenzo

San Antonio, TX

#18 May 13, 2008
whoa bianchi had something GOOD to actually say about the magic? looks like the magic arent the only ones growing up around here!
Wow

Lake Mary, FL

#19 May 13, 2008
Deeeeeeeetroit Basketball wrote:
Whoa there!!! E-Rod, the Magic are the more talented team??? I don't think so. You guys maybe better at 3 pointers, but not that much better. Dwight Howard is still Mr. Dunk-O-Matic which is great for the fans, but it leaves a glaring weakness which the Pistons just exposed. You need two Bigs, which you don't have. Ratliff pointed that out. A good player to go after would be Jermaine O'Neal. That would put you guys over the top.
Tony Battie will be back next year.
The Fluidics

Taylor, MI

#20 May 13, 2008
Drew wrote:
I saw the Magic push back plenty of times, and be called for those fouls as well as several touch fouls. The DirtyCity Pistons get a free pass on most of their would-be fouls. Take away that advantage and it goes to a game 7.
Really? The difference in fouls tonight was 3, in favor of Detroit. If Howard mad half of the frees he missed, you would have won this game.
It's not the fouls, it's what you do with them.

Hats off to the Magic, it was a huge improvement over last season, and you are the clear leaders in your division, no doubt. You should have one of the top three spots in the playoffs for a few years now, that will certainly help in consistantly making the second round, and the next step is right there.
I agree though, you need a new GM, because the one you have signed some STOOOPID contracts. Payroll is one of your biggest obsticles right now. You got great experience this playoff season, every team has to go through it's bumps before reaching the peak. Magic are definately on the way up.
Dain R

Las Vegas, NV

#21 May 14, 2008
Right on Bianchi! Very true, I am really looking forward to next season. I want to see what they do with redick and do we get a real power forward or wait for battie to come back? do we keep keep Dooling? Does this defense need to be addressed?
I am waiting and watching in anticipation until tip off next season! We are going to continue to get better and it is a pleasure to watch this!!!!

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