Brian Cook will complement Dwight How...

Brian Cook will complement Dwight Howard while adding another b...

There are 33 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Nov 23, 2007, titled Brian Cook will complement Dwight Howard while adding another b.... In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

The Orlando Magic mostly had an eye on power forward Brian Cook when they traded promising, popular Trevor Ariza to the Los Angeles Lakers for Cook and guard Maurice Evans.

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GSGEORGIA

United States

#1 Nov 23, 2007
Sounds like Brian has a great attitude. I wish him the best as he joins the Magic!
Magic Fan

Orlando, FL

#2 Nov 23, 2007
Sounds like a good trade, but Ariza? No man, he was key to this team! Don't tell me he wasn't getting playing time, because many others are getting less! Arroyo would have a lot more sense, but it's all about MARKETING and not losing the Puerto Rican crowd!
Ping ana mas

AOL

#3 Nov 23, 2007
Magic Fan wrote:
Sounds like a good trade, but Ariza? No man, he was key to this team! Don't tell me he wasn't getting playing time, because many others are getting less! Arroyo would have a lot more sense, but it's all about MARKETING and not losing the Puerto Rican crowd!
Here we we go with arroyo again
Dan

Saint Louis, MO

#4 Nov 23, 2007
Magic Fan wrote:
Sounds like a good trade, but Ariza? No man, he was key to this team! Don't tell me he wasn't getting playing time, because many others are getting less! Arroyo would have a lot more sense, but it's all about MARKETING and not losing the Puerto Rican crowd!
There are probably 100-200 Puerto Ricans at any given Magic game, which easily will be replaced if we continue to win ball games. Thats not nearly enough to keep Arroyo around if the right deal comes our way.
D-Town Flaco

United States

#5 Nov 23, 2007
Magic Fan wrote:
Sounds like a good trade, but Ariza? No man, he was key to this team! Don't tell me he wasn't getting playing time, because many others are getting less! Arroyo would have a lot more sense, but it's all about MARKETING and not losing the Puerto Rican crowd!
Hmm...lets think about that...Trade Ariza: a High Energy guy!..Decent Defender....Can't shoot...can't dribble....makes HORRIBLE decisions on the court...and Can't finish under the basket. We get: a decent PF...Defensive minded Guard. If anything the Lakers would have been better off with Arroyo: another HIGH Energy guy that CAN shoot, Can dribble, Makes decent decisions with the ball, and is exciting to watch...Magic Traded the RIGHT guy! Go Arroyo! Go Magic! Good luck Ariza..And uh...I am a Marketing student...If you didn't notice already, Orlando is the mini-Puerto Rico...Great Target Market for the Magic!
rico4ever

Seneca, SC

#6 Nov 23, 2007
I hate to see Ariza leave. I've got this eery feeling that a couple of years from now Otis will be kicking his behind for letting him go. This could rank up there with the Magic letting go of Ben Wallace, or Chauncy Billups. Yet, I understand there's a pressing need for a big to fill in for Tony Battie. I hope Brian Cook is the right piece and Maurice Evans will contribute off the bench. It'll be interesting to see what Phil Jackson does with Ariza.
Oh, by the way Magic Fan, Viva Arroyo!
willie lominchar

Pompano Beach, FL

#7 Nov 23, 2007
we should have gotten jr smith and one of denver's power forwards
laker fan

Edmonton, Canada

#8 Nov 23, 2007
can Ariza really lock down defensively on players like Lebron or Carmellow or is this just hype?
Magic

United States

#9 Nov 23, 2007
Magic Fan wrote:
Sounds like a good trade, but Ariza? No man, he was key to this team! Don't tell me he wasn't getting playing time, because many others are getting less! Arroyo would have a lot more sense, but it's all about MARKETING and not losing the Puerto Rican crowd!
Arroyo is the only Pure Point guard available right now behind Jameer. If we let him go, who is another PG?? Dooling?? Dooling is great but he is a better guard with pure defensive mentality. Now if we are packing Dooling and say Garrity for another PG and a Big...that might make sense....But right now Arroyo is a great Backup behind Jameer when he is having an offnight.
Magic

United States

#10 Nov 23, 2007
D-Town Flaco wrote:
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Hmm...lets think about that...Trade Ariza: a High Energy guy!..Decent Defender....Can't shoot...can't dribble....makes HORRIBLE decisions on the court...and Can't finish under the basket. We get: a decent PF...Defensive minded Guard. If anything the Lakers would have been better off with Arroyo: another HIGH Energy guy that CAN shoot, Can dribble, Makes decent decisions with the ball, and is exciting to watch...Magic Traded the RIGHT guy! Go Arroyo! Go Magic! Good luck Ariza..And uh...I am a Marketing student...If you didn't notice already, Orlando is the mini-Puerto Rico...Great Target Market for the Magic!
Right on the nail. Arroyo or Ariza would have been great for the Lakers. But for magic, Ariza was expendable....very one dimensional for now. Yes Great defender and can jump off teh roof....but not working in Magic rotations. I think its a Good trade if these two guys really work out and gives enough breather room for Howard/Lewis. If these two guys still see more bench time just like Ariza, then we didnt do jack!
Magic

United States

#11 Nov 23, 2007
GSGEORGIA wrote:
Sounds like Brian has a great attitude. I wish him the best as he joins the Magic!
Amen to that....Hopefully he plays like it. Apparently all the LA fans feedback has nothing but negative things to say about Cook. Hopefully it was the same issue like Ariza here that he was/is good but just didnt break into rotation.
We'll see....I'm still optimistic.
Magic

United States

#12 Nov 23, 2007
laker fan wrote:
can Ariza really lock down defensively on players like Lebron or Carmellow or is this just hype?
Most definitely.....but that is all he can do. LOCK DOWN!!...He is not offensive guy at all. He is very good as a wild player that hustles everynight...Lacks maturity on decision making but he is a GREAT defender. But then again he is only 22. lakers have enough offensive weapons, so I think this guy can help a lot guarding west guards...ie. Ginobili, parker, etc.... I tell you what, he'll definitly lock down HEDO/LEWIS next magic/la game. hahah
Magic

United States

#13 Nov 23, 2007
willie lominchar wrote:
we should have gotten jr smith and one of denver's power forwards
We ALMOST did...Denver backed out...!!...
They wanted HEDO/Dooling and picks etc.......from what I know...they didnt want any of our trash...
J-man

Taylors, SC

#14 Nov 23, 2007
Evans might end up the better pick-up between him and Cook. Evans is a hard nosed player from what I've seen out of him,good defender, takes it to the hole, plus he is in a contract year.

Cook is very one dimensional, pretty much a big guy that shoots, who is in the first year of a new contract. Lets hope this trade motivates Cook to play hard and not just relies on his shot.
JayLeBron

Mount Dora, FL

#15 Nov 23, 2007
I also think that people are over looking Mo Evans in this deal. He comes in having played with very good teams, wining teams, that rubs off on a player. I understand the age difference between him and ariza but in all honesty, evans is a better player all around (not to mention is playoff experience) and ariza was NEVER going to fit in this offense as long as SVG was the coach of the magic. I believe cook will have career numbers playing in this offense as he's easily one of the best shooting big men in the league. The lakers play an outside it type of offense (kobe), but with the ball going to dwight he'll be open all day, and i cant wait to see the pick and pop plays that guys like chris webber and horace grant used to thrive off of for so many years. This was a great pick up for the magic. But i do believe they are one move away from being a championship team. Its become obvious that the magic cant beat teams that can out shoot them, Phoenix, Detroit, San Antonio. They need to become better defensivly because in the playoffs thats what it comes down to. They have enough money to go out and make a trade/deal for another big market player.
agatha

Saint Petersburg, FL

#16 Nov 23, 2007
Think Cook fits the Magic like a glove. He does have a great attitude. Too bad the Magic couldn't package that worthless Garrity. What a joke!!
agatha

Saint Petersburg, FL

#17 Nov 23, 2007
Oh, the article forget to mention Cook's shooting average THIS season:
19%. I guess the writer felt it wasn't germane.
steve

San Jose, CA

#18 Nov 23, 2007
agatha wrote:
Think Cook fits the Magic like a glove. He does have a great attitude. Too bad the Magic couldn't package that worthless Garrity. What a joke!!
this trade was a joke we got shit for for a young 21 gun, how would he not fit in stan van gun offensive. didnt he say we should play speed ball. and they keep showing career stats i know what he used to do but i care about now. well i would have better traded for kobe bryant and give up hedo turk,rashard lewis, and nelson than see this shit go down
laker fan

Edmonton, Canada

#19 Nov 23, 2007
Cook has a good jump shot but he does not play defense...he seems to wait for his shot and does not create..his game will do much better in the magic system because they will look for him and kick it out when the others are double teamed down low...Lakers have enough offense and what they need is defense so this works out for both teams as long as cookie doesn't get rattled and makes the shot when it comes to him..but don't expect him to defend anyone.. he sucks at that but is a great mid range player with accurate shooting ability..he also does not rebound offensively and sucks under the basket for a dude that is 6-9" ...as for evans he is a great all around player and a terrific 6 man comming off the bench to give the starters some rest...we had to get rid of him to develope our younger players...namely Farmer, and we haven't even played Jarvis yet so this is what I am talking about...he is also a work hard type of dude and very much a team player...one of the best qualities about him is his attitude, always positive and comes from not one but two great organizations that I know about (Detroit and LA) now the question is how good is Azira? Did we get burned or is this guy going to lock down on Parker and D. Williams? I think realistically he will need the rest of this year to learn the triangle and gell with the team...he doesnot come across as a high basketball IQ type like Walton or Farmer...someone out there tell us what we got..give us the pros and cons...
Just a Fan

Lynchburg, VA

#20 Nov 23, 2007
This trade makes sense for the Magic. The one things were shaping up Ariza just wasn't fitting into the system. He doesn't have a jump shot and you really need a decent one to play in this system...they need as many shooters as possible to put around dwight...even though I can not stand arroyo and think the team chemistry falls apart when he is in there, moving ariza makes sense too...

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