Rashard Lewis is ready to show for Magic

Rashard Lewis is ready to show for Magic

There are 17 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Oct 5, 2007, titled Rashard Lewis is ready to show for Magic. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

The Orlando Magic play host to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night in their exhibition opener, a rather ho-hum event for most veterans.

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Forrest Trump

Orlando, FL

#1 Oct 5, 2007
Just play your game Lewis. Hopefully this team develops some type of chemistry and we get off to a good start. Go Magic!!!!
UF ALUM

Kissimmee, FL

#2 Oct 5, 2007
THis was a bad signing...they paid WAY TOO MUCH for Rashard. I think Otis Smith showed his true genius in an interview the other day....when asked about paying an exorbitant amount of money for Lewis, Smith replied "I think he is still on his uptick." YOU THINK? FOr the amount of money you paid, he better be twice as good as you thought he was becasue you paid nearly double than you needed to and now can't sign anyone else for a very long time...grrr...I see mediocrity for a very long time...
OkieMagicFan

Oklahoma City, OK

#3 Oct 5, 2007
I hope Rashard is successful too. Because buying the NBA League Pass every year for the last 4 years to watch only the Magic isn't cheap. My wife wants a pair of new shoes and a dress!

“Once u go magic u never goback”

Since: Sep 07

Win or lose I love my magic

#4 Oct 5, 2007
Lewis should average 28 points, 6.5 rebounds and about 5 assists per game. I don't really care if he makes the all start game as long as he's playing great ball for the magic.

I like the fact that most team will have match up problems against Lewis. Watch a Dallas games and you'll see the advantage that Dirk has against almost every team. If I'm not mistaken Dirk is also 6'10.

The magic will be top 5 in the league for 3 pointers. JJ, Lewis, Turk, Bogans, Dooling Nelson and maybe even Garrity should get a lot of open shots. We all hate Garrity, but I heard he's getting a chance to play.

Since: Apr 07

United States

#5 Oct 5, 2007
The Magic HAD to pay too much to get Lewis, or lose him. He was the only free-agent they wanted that was still available, after they blew the chance to get Vince Carter, and retain Darko whatshisname.
Forrest Trump

Orlando, FL

#6 Oct 5, 2007
UF ALUM wrote:
THis was a bad signing...they paid WAY TOO MUCH for Rashard. I think Otis Smith showed his true genius in an interview the other day....when asked about paying an exorbitant amount of money for Lewis, Smith replied "I think he is still on his uptick." YOU THINK? FOr the amount of money you paid, he better be twice as good as you thought he was becasue you paid nearly double than you needed to and now can't sign anyone else for a very long time...grrr...I see mediocrity for a very long time...
Ok UF ALUM, you've been marked. When the Magic start playing good ball I don't wanna see you cheering and jumping the bandwagon. Yes they paid him alot, but it's not your money so why complain?? It's a done deal, which was done long ago. So if you're a true Magic fan you should be anticipating the new season and hoping for the best. Stop complaining about the captain obvious type things.
UF ALUM

Kissimmee, FL

#7 Oct 5, 2007
Forrest Trump wrote:
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Ok UF ALUM, you've been marked. When the Magic start playing good ball I don't wanna see you cheering and jumping the bandwagon. Yes they paid him alot, but it's not your money so why complain?? It's a done deal, which was done long ago. So if you're a true Magic fan you should be anticipating the new season and hoping for the best. Stop complaining about the captain obvious type things.
Don't get me wrong, I love the Magic, I want them to do well, and I hope Rashard plays well...and I'll be at many games next year rooting for them...

I hate our owners and management. I don't understand why Otis Smith is GM...I didn't understand why that hockey guy was GM...how about John Gabriel...We are notorious for making mistakes that handicap the team. Paying a fortune for RL means we can't sign another good free agent for a while...not even decent backups. SO this is our team...if we play .500 ball this year, we'll play .500 ball for the next four years...thats pretty exciting, isn't it?
S-Mac

Allen, TX

#8 Oct 5, 2007
Rashard is the real deal fellow Magic fans, don't worry... He will average close to 27 points a game and will get his reboudning up to 7 boards a game. I woulnd't be suprised to see him starting in the All-star game if not that he will definately be a reserve. This guy is the truth, best player we've had since T-mac for sure...
steven

San Francisco, CA

#9 Oct 5, 2007
Yea but lewis could match up with any body at sf and sg i think he will put up more numbers there than anywere else he as the length to play pf but i think lewis is better at the 3.
just some thoughts

Orlando, FL

#10 Oct 5, 2007
I totally understand what everyone is thinking...yea - he is expensive...but, what would everyone be saying if we didn't sign him?...everyone would be complaining that we never do anything to improve the team etc...we needed to get a star to play alongside howard, and honestly lewis was the best free agent out there this year...and lets be honest - unless you have the NBA pass and are a true basketball nut - I doubt many of us got to see too many Seatle games last year...I only watched a few - and from what I saw this guy is the real deal...the best word that comes to mind is "smooth"...he put up great numbers in a much tougher western conference - and had to share shots with Ray Allen...don't be suprised if he is a 25+ ppg guy this year...I like how we are shaping up - Battie is a big loss, but we will definately improve over last year's team...lets give this guy a chance and not bash him before he's played 1 game!
one more try

Oviedo, FL

#11 Oct 5, 2007
everyone acts likey they personally paid for Rashard in full. It takes BIG MONEY to get a free agent to leave his team, if your lucky enough to 1. have the money and 2. have a player willing to join you. You have to go for it when the oppertunity presents itself. Rashard Lewis would probably be a 5 time all star had he not been playing in the same division as Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Dirk, Elton Brand and Amare Stoudimire. Those big name guys get voted into the All Star game every year. Rashard is a true all star talent, and he will dominate in the east.
LastPostEver

Palm Bay, FL

#12 Oct 5, 2007
Go Magic! I hope RL delivers and I will be at as many games as my lower middle class budget allows me.
Kurt

Dover, OH

#13 Oct 5, 2007
two years ago I went to a magic's game and sat next to Rashard's girlfriend...it was then that I knew Rashard was coming to Orlando... between $70 and $90 millions would've been fine... he wanted to play here anyways...well I hope he does good...actually i hope the Magic do good.

Since: Apr 07

United States

#14 Oct 8, 2007
Kurt wrote:
two years ago I went to a magic's game and sat next to Rashard's girlfriend...it was then that I knew Rashard was coming to Orlando... between $70 and $90 millions would've been fine... he wanted to play here anyways...well I hope he does good...actually i hope the Magic do good.
That is nice to know. I player makes the greatest impact on a team when he actually wants to be there and his presence is more than a money grab.

Welcome Rahard. Looking forward to seeing you in blue and white!

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#15 Oct 8, 2007
UF ALUM wrote:
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Paying a fortune for RL means we can't sign another good free agent for a while...not even decent backups. SO this is our team...if we play .500 ball this year, we'll play .500 ball for the next four years...thats pretty exciting, isn't it?
Actually, regardless of whether the Magic paid Lewis $70m or $120m, they were always going to be in the same boat by signing him - Rashard's contract, plus Dwight Howard's extension, meant that they were going to be over the cap and only able to use free agent and vets minimum exceptions to sign free agents for the next few of years. The only question was how much they were going to be over by.

The only people this deal has hurt is the Devos family, who are going to have to foot the bill for the extra $40-$50million. It doesn't change how much room the Magic will have to maneuver in free agency (although the point can be made that Lewis' contract is almost untradeable, which is a problem).

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#16 Oct 8, 2007
Kurt wrote:
two years ago I went to a magic's game and sat next to Rashard's girlfriend...it was then that I knew Rashard was coming to Orlando... between $70 and $90 millions would've been fine... he wanted to play here anyways...well I hope he does good...actually i hope the Magic do good.
Absolute bull. At the beginning of the 2005/2006 season Orlando were still trying with the Steve Francis/Kelvin Cato experiment, with no indication that they would both be traded before the end of the season - the trades that helped put Orlando under the cap this summer. Grant Hill was coming off his healthiest, most productive year in Orlando at the 3, with Hedo Turkoglu backing him up off the bench. Meanwhile in Seattle, Lewis had just averaged 20.5ppg and 5.5rpg for a team that went 52-30 and pushed the Spurs to six games in the West Semis in 2005. No-one knew that Lewis was gonna be in Orlando 2 years ago.
Kurt

Dover, OH

#17 Oct 8, 2007
No-one knew that Lewis was gonna be in Orlando 2 years ago.

I knew it bro...I asked her when He (Rashard) was going to be a free agent and she said two years...I told her to consider Orlando and she smiled, but you could tell that it was in their mind to play here.

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