Magic PG Anthony Johnson remains 'the odd man out' in NBA Finals

Full story: Orlando Sentinel

The forgotten man still goes through his usual post-practice routine, shooting short-range jumpers, mid-range jumpers and long-range jumpers while teammates mill about or hit the showers.
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Magic Fan

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Jun 13, 2009
 
AJ, be ready you will never know. We don't know what the coach is thinking or management is thinking either. Otis said Nelson will not play this season. I guess he was wrong. We as a fan don't really know who control this leage, the player, coach or owner. You have been a good player for the Magic this season and I know you earn some playing times.... Let go Magic! believe
MainManMagicFan

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#2
Jun 13, 2009
 
Anthony Johnson aka OG Bobby Johnson(South Central movie fame) as I like to call you because you're a vet in this league, thanks for helping my team get to The Finals. Us Magic fans will probably never get to see you in a Magic jersey again. So know that you were appreciated by us during this run and we too felt you deserved to be and should have been out on the floor during these Finals. Good luck wherever you end up playing next season my man OG Bobby Johnson.
john

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#3
Jun 13, 2009
 
I feel sorry for the guy. He did so much for the team this year when Jammer was hurt and he hasn't played a minute in the finals yet.

“ JUSTICE CON'T”

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#4
Jun 14, 2009
 
He is an old guy!
Tyronn Lue

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#5
Jun 14, 2009
 
at least I have someone to talk to....
Stan Van Gundy

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#6
Jun 14, 2009
 
You remember that flare up we had in the Boston series, when Anthony yelled at me during the game....well paybacks a fother mucker...ha ha ha ha ha.. GO Lakers, er I mean Magic..I knew I should have fouled Fisher, but I wanted to see if he could make the shot or not..silly me....oh well....I heard the fish were biting at the Sebastian Inlet...maybe me and Moe Williams can work on our post game interviews together...What do say about that Moe.....I gauruntee I wont be back as the Magic coach next year, if I make another bone headed decision that cost our team the game...I gauruntee!!!!!!
Just dropped in

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#7
Jun 14, 2009
 
Tyronn Lue wrote:
at least I have someone to talk to....
That is hysterical!!! LOL! Great comment TL.

On the flip side, I also feel sorry for AJ. He did a great job and his veteran leadership showed in the playoffs. SVG blew a great chemistry coming into the finals. Thanks AJ for all you have done, you deserve the right to be out there. I don't care what anyone says. You not being there may have cost us.
XeroX

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#8
Jun 14, 2009
 
Great way for Van Gundy to thank a player who help this team so much... that is one of the reasons that gundy looked like a mental case during the last press conference....just another ungrateful idiot with egg on his turd face...this was van gundy's only shot at the title, he blew it and he knows it.
XeroX

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#9
Jun 14, 2009
 
I can't wait to hear the reaction of the crowd when Nelson enters the game.... should break the record for loudest BOO in history.
Size Matters

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#10
Jun 14, 2009
 
SVG blew this series by screwing with team chemistry. Bill Belichick didn't ruin chemistry when Bledsoe got hurt and Brady was playing great, he continued to start Brady. You don't mess with something that has worked throughout the playoffs. Rafer and Anthony got the magic through the playoffs not Jameer.
Old Knight

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#11
Jun 14, 2009
 
Totally agree---if somethings not broken don't try to fix it! IF we lose series- I blame it all on the decision to play Nelson!!!!!
George

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#12
Jun 14, 2009
 
Magic Fan wrote:
We don't know what the coach is thinking or management is thinking either.
You don't know what Van Dummy is thinking, cause he doesn't even know what he's thinking -- if he's thinking at all. Example: during the post-game press conference he said experience doesn't matter. It doesn't mean anything. WTF? I guess when you don't have experience, you can't see the importance of it while everyone around you can see it clearly. Van Dummy's decision to continue to play Nelson when his "experiment" failed is the definition of insanity -- Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.(Albert Einstein)
deadonthebench

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#13
Jun 14, 2009
 
SVG is stubborn and AJ ticked him off. AJ had a great playoff run and now he's dead on the bench!

He couldn't perform any worse the JN in the final quarter and o.t.
Boo Who

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Jun 14, 2009
 
XeroX wrote:
I can't wait to hear the reaction of the crowd when Nelson enters the game.... should break the record for loudest BOO in history.
WTF????? Why in the heck would you boo Nelson? I believe he really wants to win but not having played in months is not his fault. Boo SVG? I wouldn't but if you paid your money, go ahead. Boo Nelson? Classless. What free agent would ever want to come to a "dried up little pond" like the a hole called us if we treat our players like crap??????
The Hawk

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#15
Jun 14, 2009
 
Bad move on SVG, Nelson should have never entered the play off picture. It will cost him the series. Lets pull SVG and bring in Skiles for a game...i mean being away from Orlando for 10 years shouldn't make that much of a difference.
Brian

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#16
Jun 14, 2009
 
Say what you want to about AJ. He is a professional and knows what his limitations are unlike Nelson right now.
Interstate Dude

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#17
Jun 14, 2009
 
Take it from an ol' coach...I saw this one coming - I told you so. Bringing in Nelson was a disruption to what got the Magic to the Finals. Everyone who had a hand in the decision to play him should be let go after the series. Ive one many championships playing what was working best in playoffs and tournaments, without change, no matter who got upset. Many upset parents over the years, but the teams won. I believe this would be at least a tied up series if not the Magic up, had Nelson never entered the picture until next season.
George

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#18
Jun 14, 2009
 
Interstate Dude wrote:
Take it from an ol' coach...I saw this one coming - I told you so. Bringing in Nelson was a disruption to what got the Magic to the Finals. Everyone who had a hand in the decision to play him should be let go after the series. Ive one many championships playing what was working best in playoffs and tournaments, without change, no matter who got upset. Many upset parents over the years, but the teams won. I believe this would be at least a tied up series if not the Magic up, had Nelson never entered the picture until next season.
I agree that bad coaching is largely responsible for the Magic's melt down. While I'm happy for your success while coaching at the Y, it's a little different coaching at his level. I hope those parents and little kids you upset have gotten over it.
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#19
Jun 14, 2009
 
i'm debating whethere i should start nelson at powerforward....he will kill Gasol and stop him on defense.... maybe Tyrone lue guarding kobe is the way to go....Hmmmmmmmmmm
Jimi Streets

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#20
Jun 14, 2009
 
Anthony Johnson is a very classy man. Anyone else would likely be complaining to the press about being in his situation. Not that he would have made a difference in the outcome, but he would have been more effective than Nelson has been.

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