Orlando Magic guard Mickael Pietrus hopes to make up for lost time

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The names of Kobe Bryant , LeBron James and Joe Johnson were evoked after the Orlando Magic signed Mickael Pietrus last summer as a free agent.
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Since: Jul 07

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#1 Mar 29, 2009
Thank God for Lee or we really would have been in deep s h i t.
Lets hope Pietrus can do a good job in the defensive end,
Journey

Orlando, FL

#2 Mar 29, 2009
Thank God for all of them...
red

Orlando, FL

#3 Mar 29, 2009
took my three year old son to the game friday night versus milwaukee, and he got to go on the court with pietrus. he got to dribble the basketball for a quick second, and then pietrus invited him to kick it back to him like a soccer ball.

after warmups, we got to do the high five line when all the players run out onto the court. pietrus was the last in line and noticed my son again and gave him a good luck rub on the head. great guy. and you can't fault him for any of his injuries because they've all come from hustle and hard work.

it was a night my son and i will remember for a long time. thanks magic for making it happen.
Jim

Winnsboro, LA

#4 Mar 29, 2009
Folks I hate to do it. I hate to do it. But it appears as though this is going to turn out to be a first round exit to the Detroit Pistons.

Rip is back. Iverson is back. Wallace will be back soon. Detroit is now at number 7. The Magic are now at number 3 after Boston beat that high school team from Oklahoma tonight.

The Pistons are right where they want to be now. They will do what they can to finsih in a spot where they have to face the Magic in round one.

And I have to give them props for it. Let's face it folks. The Pistons own the Magic.

Out of all the teams in the East this is who the Pistons want to play. They WILL get their wish.

You heard it here first folks.
Tito

Lakeland, FL

#5 Mar 29, 2009
If the Magic want to win a championship they have to beat, and will beat the Piston.
Pietrus is a great player, but we need him coming of the bench.
Pg- AJ
SG- JJ
SF- MP
PF- Battie
C- Gortat
Offense points by JJ-Gortat
They have to run play for JJ like they do Hamilton.
PistonWhippedMag ic

Kings Park, NY

#6 Mar 29, 2009
Jim wrote:
Folks I hate to do it. I hate to do it. But it appears as though this is going to turn out to be a first round exit to the Detroit Pistons.
Rip is back. Iverson is back. Wallace will be back soon. Detroit is now at number 7. The Magic are now at number 3 after Boston beat that high school team from Oklahoma tonight.
The Pistons are right where they want to be now. They will do what they can to finsih in a spot where they have to face the Magic in round one.
And I have to give them props for it. Let's face it folks. The Pistons own the Magic.
Out of all the teams in the East this is who the Pistons want to play. They WILL get their wish.
You heard it here first folks.
Could not have said it better myself Jimbo!
Jackson

Las Vegas, NV

#7 Mar 29, 2009
red wrote:
took my three year old son to the game friday night versus milwaukee, and he got to go on the court with pietrus. he got to dribble the basketball for a quick second, and then pietrus invited him to kick it back to him like a soccer ball.
after warmups, we got to do the high five line when all the players run out onto the court. pietrus was the last in line and noticed my son again and gave him a good luck rub on the head. great guy. and you can't fault him for any of his injuries because they've all come from hustle and hard work.
it was a night my son and i will remember for a long time. thanks magic for making it happen.
Thats a great story, He sounds like a class act. The guy plays hard with little care for his body, I respect that, means hes always giving 100%. Nice to have a solid player like Lee, what a pleasant suprise. GO MAGIC. They will beat the Pistons in the playoff, their time will come, they can't hold the Magic down forever.
derek

Philadelphia, PA

#8 Mar 29, 2009
As good as Lee has been, and even his ceiling is so high to be had still, I think MP is still better and his ceiling is higher. I don't know if you recall, but he started out the starter in the beginning of the season and had like 6 20+PPG games in that span. He was averaging like 12-13 I think while Nelson had 15PPG strong going into 17PPG - at 50% clips whole season- a couple weeks later. That could've been a great backcourt and Nelson went on to it before injury. MP was driving waaaaaay more back then, and as much as Lee looks good driving, MP's experience and length helped him finished better. I'd say his better athleticism too but both Lee and MP have tremendous athleticism. MP had a slashing game with a good shooting %'s to back up. The slashing was helping penetration and inside scoring which was huge for the Magic. SVG was still trusting Bogans a little more because he wasn't as liberal with the team as now, MP wasn't quite defending as well as hoped either (also fouling too much, but that has greatly improved for the most part), and then the worst the injuries came like crazy. As the article said the wrist injury is lingering and recovery is after the playoffs but MP is playing through. That is probably still affecting his shooting negatively though. And all the in and out is had for every player in the NBA to play consistent. I think the worst of it all is that he's absolutely scared to drive and slash now, which is his best aspect this season I think. He does it 20 times less often now, and one can even see more careful driving than in the beginning of the season. I hope MP drives alittle more, he just needs to keep doing it and hope for best. But with the playoffs and next season coming up, he could defintely reclaim the spot or become a huge bench spark if Lee keeps dramatically improving. I'd also work on real defense, not the risky GS defense thats ineffective. MP might've fizzled in defensive expectations so far, but not much because it is Wade, Bryants. And his offensive expectations were no where close to his early season effective and sizzling performances.
Mike

Orlando, FL

#9 Mar 29, 2009
In my opinion, M.P. is too inconsistent. Courtney Lee is the better starter. This is the case even if he's 100 percent healthy.
Mike

Orlando, FL

#10 Mar 29, 2009
JIM: Why did you have to bring up the Pistons?
Sleeper13

Saint Cloud, FL

#11 Mar 29, 2009
Jim,

I assure you that the Magic will finish 3rd and Philly will end up as the 6th seed. The 76ers have a much easier schedule than Detroit.

I would bet you tickets but we already know that you don't pay up. Ask MagicFanMark.

You can tell me I'm correct later. YOU heard it here first.
MIZZ

Tampa, FL

#12 Mar 29, 2009
magic will beat this pistons in a 7 game series. Jim is secretly from Detroit, not Titusville.
Jim

Winnsboro, LA

#13 Mar 29, 2009
Sleeper13 wrote:
Jim,
I assure you that the Magic will finish 3rd and Philly will end up as the 6th seed. The 76ers have a much easier schedule than Detroit.
I would bet you tickets but we already know that you don't pay up. Ask MagicFanMark.
You can tell me I'm correct later. YOU heard it here first.
Sleeper I called the Pistons win today. I also called the Bulls loss.

Rarely I am wrong. The only times in recent history that I have been wrong was when I wasn't right.

You see Sweeper, it's like this, it is all about destiny here. The Magic and the Pistons are destined to face each other in the playoffs this year.
Jim

Winnsboro, LA

#14 Mar 29, 2009
MIZZ wrote:
magic will beat this pistons in a 7 game series. Jim is secretly from Detroit, not Titusville.
Pistons in 5 or 6..at the most. Haven't you learned anything from recent history ?
David Maradiaga

Lakeland, FL

#15 Mar 29, 2009
I have a whole lot of respect for anyone that plays with Darrell Armstrong type intensity, like MP does. I only have one thing to say to you MP, this year isn't over yet Bud. Keep your head up, except for when you attack the basket. Sure Lee is playing well now(and I love what he brings to Orlando), but he is just a Rookie, when they Playoffs come around we will need MP and his veteran experience. Pistons or not...I'm confident the Magic will get out of the First Round...We shouldn't be dogging them for the past...Our chance is now. Go Magic!!
Erock

Orlando, FL

#16 Mar 29, 2009
Pietrus is a very good player. You know how he got hurt, being aggressive and taking to the hole. He is a slashing threat that the magic need. When fully healed, he will be on top of his game. He is a class act and is playing through the pain like a champ. We are lucky to have him.
Sleeper13

Saint Cloud, FL

#17 Mar 30, 2009
I respect your outlook on The theory of destiny Jim. My view is just from a different perspective.

I am just asking you to remember where YOU heard it first.
Bobller

Orlando, FL

#18 Mar 30, 2009
Jim wrote:
Folks I hate to do it. I hate to do it. But it appears as though this is going to turn out to be a first round exit to the Detroit Pistons.
Rip is back. Iverson is back. Wallace will be back soon. Detroit is now at number 7. The Magic are now at number 3 after Boston beat that high school team from Oklahoma tonight.
The Pistons are right where they want to be now. They will do what they can to finsih in a spot where they have to face the Magic in round one.
And I have to give them props for it. Let's face it folks. The Pistons own the Magic.
Out of all the teams in the East this is who the Pistons want to play. They WILL get their wish.
You heard it here first folks.
And, of course, when we either do not face the Pistons or beat them, Jim will claim:
A) The reason we won was because he said we wouldn't.
B) He didn't have some crucial information, such as Detroit being an under-500 team.
C) His predictions are just "silly," as are his promises (car wash, free tickets etc.).

In the meantime, he'll post the same basic crap 400 times, and claim that anyone who disagrees is an idiot. All while claiming that he makes this a better blog.

So... Which excuse do you think Jim will use? Did I miss one?
ADD

United States

#19 Mar 30, 2009
Pietrus is a waste of money for this organization. It's like the reincarnation of the injury bug we had for those recent years with you know who. Lee is consistent in his defense and Redick is actually coming into his own as a full player, offensive and defensive. Leave him on the bench. When we need a clutch defensive and offensive threat, I'll stick with Lee and Redick for the wing players.
Brian

Orlando, FL

#20 Mar 30, 2009
Good ol' MP. I think he'll be a new player next year. You can definitely see that he doesn't want to take the ball to the hoop like he did earlier this year.

He'll be ok. I love the guy, he's awesome.

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