Hardwood Classic Today: 1977 NBA Finals Game 6 -- Philadelphia 76ers vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Time/TV: 5 p.m./ESPN Classic
1) Stan Van Gundy was in full coaching mode, providing rare insights into his coaching philosophy, the Magic and NBA opponents at a clinic for college and high school coaches at UCF. Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel was there and has a full and thorough report. And no, Van Gundy should not be getting fined... as far as we know.
2) Matt Scribbins of MagicBasketball.net tries to get to the bottom of the huge difference between Orlando's actual and Pythagorean win totals.
3) The one thing Otis Smith and the Magic can do during this lockout is sit back and take stock of their roster and what to do with Dwight Howard, Bill Ingram of HoopsWorld writes. There will be plenty of options for the Magic concerning Howard, and right now none of them seems particularly clear.
4) Penny Hardaway tells the Orlando Sentinel the lockout might last a while because owners need to make sure they have a way to retain their marquee players or receive compensation. He also is not a huge fan of players heading overseas during the lockout to play.
5) Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird will be on the cover of NBA2k12. It might be the only basketball you see for a while.
6) SportsTalkMike of CultureClimax.com wonders if Allen Iverson would be an "answer" for the Magic. And, no he is not.