Eisenberg: The Problem With Making Oladipo a Point Guard

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Victor Oladipo, Gal MekelWhen Victor Oladipo was taken second overall in the 2013 draft by the Orlando Magic, everyone assumed he would play shooting guard in the NBA. His 6-4 frame and 214 pounds projected perfectly for the NBA’s new wave of shooting guards.

However, over the summer, the Magic made it clear they would experiment with Oladipo by slotting him into a dynamic combo guard role.

As a result, Oladipo has been featured more at the point than at any time in his basketball life. Perhaps unfairly, Oladipo’s difficult transition to become a facilitator has been largely understated – likely as a product of fans assuming any elite athleticism can just learn the position.

Evening News: Glen Davis to miss training camp; Knicks hire Mills as GM

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In today’s NBA news, Glen “Big Baby” Davis will be forced to miss training camp due to a foot injury, and the New York Knicks  hire a new general manager.

Five Things To Watch: Orlando Magic

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MagicAfter jettisoning Dwight Howard in August 2012, the Orlando Magic fully embraced a rebuilding plan, starting over with two young prospects in Nikola Vucevic and Moe Harkless and a veteran contributor in Arron Afflalo.

After a surprisingly strong 12-13 start which had some folks around the NBA wondering if they could make the playoffs, the Magic floundered to the finish, losing 49 of their final 57 games. Along the way, they lost Glen Davis to two injuries – one which would ultimately end his season – and dealt J.J. Redick and two others to the Milwaukee Bucks for a package including Tobias Harris.

A three-game skid to end the season, coupled with Charlotte’s three-game winning streak, gave Orlando the league’s worst record and a 25 percent chance to win the lottery. But the Cleveland Cavaliers leapfrogged the Magic to snag the top pick, leaving Orlando to take Indiana shooting guard Victor Oladipo – who was atop their draft board anyway.

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Bernucca: The 10 Worst Offseason Free Agent Signings

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DanGilbertPresser100515-300x189Whenever the NBA and the Players Association negotiate a collective bargaining agreement, the media – including Sheridan Hoops – goes to great lengths to understand and explain its rules, exceptions and nuances.

But since the first wave of players began making the jump from high school to the NBA in the mid-1990s, the premise of every new CBA could be summed up in six words: To save the owners from themselves.

Restraint never has been the collective strength of NBA owners. In every CBA, they have installed mechanisms that mandate restraint and prevent them from spending stupidly.

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SH Blog: Pierce convinced Garnett to leave Boston, Wiggins wants to play for Raptors

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2010-01-01 00.00.00-9After weeks of knowing that the trio of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry would join the Brooklyn Nets, they were finally introduced at the Barclays Center on Thursday afternoon.

While all the reports were out on how everything came about and what pieces were needed to successfully get a blockbuster deal done between the Nets and the Boston Celtics, there was never an opportunity to hear how the trio coming from Boston really felt about what went down. 

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