Magic miss their Little Guy

Magic miss their Little Guy

There are 50 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from May 12, 2009, titled Magic miss their Little Guy. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

His team was blowing yet another double-digit playoff lead and Jameer Nelson sat on the bench helplessly and hopelessly Tuesday night.

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ryan

Fort Walton Beach, FL

#1 May 12, 2009
Couldn't of said it better myself. bout time you wrote a good article you idiot.
Captain Obvious

Eddyville, KY

#2 May 12, 2009
Hey Otis, what does Jameer have in common with the majority of the Celtics? He was an experienced dominant college player coming into the NBA. The Magic need more players like Jameer, top college players who have been in pressure packed situations. That experience shines through in the clutch and you can see it in guys like Big Baby, Rondo, Allen, and Pierce. These are guys who played at the top of college basketball and learned how to perform under immense pressure. Guys who developed the majority of their games in HS or AAU just aren't the same kind of players regardless of their skills. KG, LeBron and Kobe are the exception to this.
James Perry

Frisco, TX

#3 May 12, 2009
that is a MAJOR problem when you point guard is you toughest basketball player!!
christ

Jacksonville, FL

#4 May 12, 2009
jj is one of those college-tested players and he sucks. why the hell is stan playing him at the end of games?

CLEE > JJ
mccreet

United States

#5 May 12, 2009
Im sorry ,but why would a professional sports columnist write a story like this? What a waste of time. It shows that Orlando sentinel has bush league type writers. Otis Smith said Jameer is the toughest guy on the team,Sorry I dont believe he said that exactly or really meant that.Mentaly tough,we will see if he can make it down the stretch some year. Jameer has been out for a while, more than likely he will be out again next year for a different injury. He does play tough but he is small and it will be hard to endure the hits all year when you play against much bigger,heavier,and stronger pro players.
wizard79

Deland, FL

#6 May 12, 2009
there's no magic in Orlando without Nelson....he is the real go to guy in the 4th quarter..Howard doesn't shine the same without him..I hope he does return at full strenght next season to lead the way....I bealive this season is over...Orlando has no heart,superman left his cape at home during the playoffs again and the only one that i know has the heart to fight back is mighty mouse...
Greg

United States

#7 May 12, 2009
A DOMINANT PLAYER?!?!?! HAHA, Dwight, you are anything but dominant buddy. Get some new moves and maybe we'd go to you. The Celtics want the ball to go to you. Here's a breakdown of posting up Howard....1. Catch ball 2. Don't look to pass. 3. Front defender even though have no jumpshot 4. Go for running hook 12 feet away from the basket.

YOU HAVE NO MOVES! Dominant? Hardly.
Magic Fan Mark

Deland, FL

#8 May 12, 2009
Looks like another article Bianchi got by reading our blog comments, lol. He often writes about stuff others here have brought up a couple of weeks earlier. Think for yourself Bianchi!

We really do miss Jameer.
derek

Flagstaff, AZ

#9 May 12, 2009
JAMEER NELSON WHERE ARE YOU! He shouldve rehabbed, I still stand by it. Let him rehab most of next season if he had to, even for extra precaution, but actualy playoff games....!!!!!! No good...
You are right - Shaq

Orlando, FL

#10 May 12, 2009
I don't believe the players choke. Stan Van Gundy is the one that choked big time. For the last 5 minutes of the game, he did not do anything to put his players in position to make play. He did not call one post up play for Rashard. He let his players stand around in four corners with Dwight clogged up the middle. No where for Hedo and Rashard to drive. He just hang his players out to dry.
On the last inbound play, everyone in the building know that Celtics are going to foul the Magic. How could he draw up a play that has Dwight near the ball. I know Dwight ran to get the ball. But if I was to draw up a play, I would put him right at the corner.
It is sad to say, Stan Van Gundy must go.
Magic Fan Mark

Deland, FL

#11 May 12, 2009
You are right - Shaq wrote:
I don't believe the players choke. Stan Van Gundy is the one that choked big time. For the last 5 minutes of the game, he did not do anything to put his players in position to make play. He did not call one post up play for Rashard. He let his players stand around in four corners with Dwight clogged up the middle. No where for Hedo and Rashard to drive. He just hang his players out to dry.
On the last inbound play, everyone in the building know that Celtics are going to foul the Magic. How could he draw up a play that has Dwight near the ball. I know Dwight ran to get the ball. But if I was to draw up a play, I would put him right at the corner.
It is sad to say, Stan Van Gundy must go.
You can't blame it all on Stan. He isn't the one on the floor letting the Celtics back in the game.
nanningbob

Dublin, Ireland

#12 May 12, 2009
Bianchi is right on this one, but it is not new news. We have noone to give the ball to with 2 minutes left in the game and say bring it on home. The only player I see that has a chance of doing that is LEE and he is sitting on the bench. That was stupid.
Eric Boston

Kingston, NH

#13 May 13, 2009
Boston TOOK this game and Orlando did NOT make shots when they needed to... I dont think I would blame this on the coach. Howard should shut his mouth about his coach and start making plays. Baby Davis is NOT KG's backup... that would be Leon Powe (who is also out). I am pretty sure the Celtics are much worse off without those two players than the Magic.
emgee

Cocoa Beach, FL

#14 May 13, 2009
This goes back to the trade for Alston. Magic should have pursued Kyle Lowry in that deal but let him go to Houston. So instead of a young, tough Philly point guard (sound familiar?) the Magic settle for an aging guard with questionable defensive skills.

If coaches were playing out the clock last night, it's time for a change. But the players PLAY. No reason why Alston and crew, with some leadership from Dwight, can't take the game into their own hands and run the offense thru Dwight. There is no leadership on the floor, so changes need to be made in the offseason to address that.
Gerald

United States

#15 May 13, 2009
We can make all the excuses in the world about bad shots and bad coaching down the stretch, howver, point is WE HAD A SIZABLE LEAD so all we needed was a little Basketball IQ and some Toughness. And as they say" When the Going get tough, The tough Come back on the Magic in the 4th quarter." It is evident out mental toughness and intestinal fortitude (as one of my former coaches used to call it) DOESNT exit w our starting 5 it exist with the exception of Courtney Lee. The others Pietrus,Redick, Battie,Nelson, unfortunately sit the bench the majority of the time. OK SVG isnt giving you the proper offensive sets but HEY youre Up 10 Strap up and play tough D! That doesnt call for any majoy strategy but self will. Ive never seen a team talk to each other as little on the court as the magic. I mean you almost never see them encouraging a good play, discussing mismatches,talking in the huddle- HELLO you won 59 games this yr for this MOMENT act like you want to be there. Losing is tough, losing with no heart and intensity when you have championship potential and amazing Fan supporty and community support is .... well,,,, my thought would be just my opinion so there's no need to say, its up for the players to decide what that means to them.
Gerald

United States

#16 May 13, 2009
Wow i never thought about it that way C.O. you are exactly right. They have a bunch of players that didnt play in march madness but 20 game seasons of highschool and AAU Ball. The way we finish shows it... EXCELLENT POINT!
Captain Obvious wrote:
Hey Otis, what does Jameer have in common with the majority of the Celtics? He was an experienced dominant college player coming into the NBA. The Magic need more players like Jameer, top college players who have been in pressure packed situations. That experience shines through in the clutch and you can see it in guys like Big Baby, Rondo, Allen, and Pierce. These are guys who played at the top of college basketball and learned how to perform under immense pressure. Guys who developed the majority of their games in HS or AAU just aren't the same kind of players regardless of their skills. KG, LeBron and Kobe are the exception to this.
farawayfan

Owego, NY

#17 May 13, 2009
Did anyone notice that when AJ went out the Magic were up double-digits? If for no other reason, he needed to be in there for his defense and his leadership.
John F

Orlando, FL

#18 May 13, 2009
Blowing big leads is becoming a trademark with the Magic. the players have NO HEART and NO HUSTLE and there is no leadership anywhere on the team. J.J. should be traded immediately as he has been given too much of an opportunity and is not panning out. WHEN the magic finally loses it will be a record setting cakewalk for Cleveland (Undefeated in playoffs) as the Boston has nothing left and should have been out two games ago. The Magic has enough pieces to give the Lebrons a game, Boston will have no answer for this hungry young team. ORLANDO CHOKE, CHOKE, JOKE!
Reality is Truth

Tallahassee, FL

#19 May 13, 2009
Never thought we would be begging to have Jameer back, its ashame when the "TOUGHEST" player is not only injured but 5'11. Hypothetically speaking if we made the championship Jameer still wouldn't be able to play?
JJ Jones

New York, NY

#20 May 13, 2009
No excuses. That was embarassing. I hate Boston, I hate their fans and I am starting to hate Stan Van. Get that bum and his stache out of town.

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