I am not going to harp on the subject, mostly because it is preseason. However, the Magic have got to start leaving a little more on the court each night. I finally saw a few bright moments from Steven Hunter, though there were plenty of times he stood around waiting. If Hunter could put the energy into each possession that Drew Gooden does - he could be one heck of a player.
Donnell Harvey. I like his effort on the court. On the bench, I really have to question his motivation. We heard the report from a previous game that he was talking on a cell phone. During the Hornets game, I watched him converse with a man in the audience about getting post game passes. Take into consideration this was late in the game and everyone thought we might not see him play for the rest of the night. He did play though, and after he took off his warmup - a timeout was called. The thing that irks me - he did not participate in the team huddle until the very end.
Overall, the team effort was a D+. I only give it the plus because they bench showed a little promise at the end of the game. I was upset that once again Darrell Armstrong proved that it does not matter if you are 7 foot or 6 foot( which I still question), but if you put effort into the game - you can rebound the ball. On two occasions, the smallest guy on the court grabbed two crucial rebounds with less than 3 minutes to go in the game. I consider that to be the difference in the Win/Loss column.
One bright spot worth mentioning, Juwan Howard. At one point he was in the paint, McGrady up top. Doc directed Juwan to move up just as McGrady was driving. Howard was able to pick off McGrady's defender. The difference, McGrady had one player tugging on him as he drove to the basket instead of two. This did not happen last year as everyone was too busy watching McGrady create. Howard never saw the end of the play, he just did his job.
Last thing, thanks again to Magic Rep Leonard Edwards. About 10 minutes before the game, he caught up with me and took us down to right behind the bench. That was one of the best games I have ever been to because I was right there in the action and could hear the bench and the court. I had a great time at the game and I hope to have that opportunity again sometime in the future. Leonard - thanks for the upgraded seating arrangement - I'll catch you at the next game!