If Tom Petty was right and the waiting truly is the hardest part, these have been the most difficult playoffs the Orlando Magic have (or could ever have) experienced. The team has not lost since April 2nd – a streak of 14 games. Is that a bad thing? Well, the team got essentially a week off between first and second round series after sweeping Charlotte and waiting on Atlanta – and the Magic still swept the Hawks by an average score of 107-82.
Orlando will almost have to wait another week before it gets a chance to face a Boston team that just went six tough games against Cleveland. According to the team though, rust won’t be an issue. In fact, game days may actually be more relaxing and offer more of a chance to relax than the tough practices the team goes through under Stan Van Gundy. We’ll see what it all means when the Magic hosts the Celtics on Sunday at 3:30.
Dwight Howard joined Dan Patrick to talk about practice vs. games, winning a championship, the Lakers, and playing himself in a movie.
On if he would rather have a game to play than practice:
“Yeah. I’d rather be in a game than having one of Stan’s (Van Gundy) practices.”
On if Dan Patrick could survive one of Stan Van Gundy’s practices:
“I doubt it. You might throw up during training camp – or one of those days we turn the ball over too much and have to run. Yeah. We could use you though. What I heard is that you have a TV show on DirectTV and during the break, you just shoot threes, spot-up threes and that you are pretty good at it. If you ever want to come play with us, we would love to have another three-point shooter.”
On who should be the NBA favorites:
“I believe our team is going to win a championship this year. We all believe that. I think our team chemistry is great. Also, we got a deeper bench than we had last year. Everybody on this team has one goal and one mission and that’s to win a championship. We are going to do everything we can do to win a championship.”
On if he wants to play the Lakers in the NBA Finals:
“That would be great. If you want to be the champ, you got to beat the champ. They’re the champs and they proved it. A lot of people wrote them off after the first series. They showed why they were the champions and they’ve been playing great ball since then.”
And on playing himself in the movie Just Wright:
“It was so tough. I didn’t know what to expect out of myself. It was fun. I had a lot of fun doing it. I actually saw the movie two days ago. They had a sneak peak down here in Orlando. Some of my teammates came and the coaches were there. Everybody loved it, but Stan was still thinking about basketball. He was drawing up plays during the movie.”