Posted on: August 6, 2009 4:31 pm

Rashard Lewis

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that the Magic's Lewis tested positive for a testosterone-producing steroid.

Lewis said the banned substance was bought over-the-counter.

OK. Sure.

Many athletes busted for steroids use this predictable excuse.

Some people -- to quote Jamie Foxx --  blame it on the ah-ah-ah-alcohol. Athletes blame it on the dr-dr-dr-drug store.

C'mon Rashard. You couldn't think of a better excuse than that?

I've been saying for some time that steroid use is a problem in the NBA. Why would so many other sports have 'roided up players and not professional basketball? Why would the NBA be exempt?

Have you seen some of these NBA players? If they aren't on something I'm Denzel Washington.

Not all, not a lot but enough.

My guess is Lewis is the opening salvo and we're going to hear about other NBA players on the good stuff.

Category: NBA
Tags: Magic
Posted on: May 30, 2009 3:33 pm

Will the Magic choke?

ORLANDO -- I hope not. I truly hope not. I like this organization and love the head coach, Stan Van Gundy. I don't think they will.

But if the Magic lose this game tonight...

I declared the series over and the Magic will still win it but if they allow this to reach a Game 7 they are flirting with disaster.

The Magic must -- must -- win Game 6 here.

If you're Orlando do you really want to mess around with a Game 7 in Cleveland?

We'll learn a great deal about this team by how they react to having the pressure all on them and make no mistake there's been a seismic shift. Cleveland will be pretty loose tonight.

If the Magic blow this series you know who'll be the first to chime in, don't you?

Expect a Shaquille O'Neal tweet on Van Gundy immediately if that happens.
Category: NBA
Tags: Magic
Posted on: May 24, 2009 1:51 pm

Is the Magic gone?

ORLANDO -- The Magic have shocked doubters like me and played harder and better against Cleveland than many in the media ever imagined. Now, however, there's a legitimate question to ask: How has that amazing last shot from Captain America, aka LeBron James, affected the Magic's psyche?

Stan Van Gundy believes not at all. Van Gundy thinks the Magic will put Captain America's shot in their mental waste baskets.

Yet you have to wonder if the Magic look at James and think: how in the hell do we kill this ------- guy?

And if we handle the rest of the Cleveland team will Captain America still stick a dagger is us at the end again?

If these thoughts weren't in the back of the minds of the Orlando players, they wouldn't be human.

James could soon be a full practicioner of The Jordan Effect. Jordan intimidated teams before the games even started. James is starting to head down that eternal path.

Will James psych out the Magic before Game 3 begins despite the fact Orlando could easily be up 2-0?

We'll see.

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Tags: Magic
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