Re-do the math

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Posted by Shaun Powell

BOSTON – Not surprisingly, Rashard Lewis‘ contract has come up for discussion and debate. That tends to happen when a player is perceived to be worth quite a few pennies less than he’s getting.

In Lewis’ case: $118 million. That’s a lot of pennies.

He’s been good for roughly 3 baskets a game in this playoff series with Boston, and while I would try to attach a monetary figure per basket, my mind isn’t that sharp. Let’s just say Lewis could change his jersey number to 118 and folks would know the deal.

Speaking of the deal, here’s how it went down. Lewis was up for free agency in Seattle in the summer of ’07, opting out of a $60 million deal. His final 3 seasons in Seattle, he averaged 20. 5, 20. 1 and 22.4 points per game. He was 6-10 who could play either forward spot and shoot 3-pointers, causing matchup hell for other players. The Sonics were the leader in the clubhouse for his services. But while the Sonics flinched, Lewis shopped. Orlando needed a complimentary scorer for Dwight Howard in the worst way. The Magic took a pass on Vince Carter, coincidently, and decided to blow the Sonics and Lewis away with a monster offer. The contract was indeed massive, but understand, in those better economic days, other players were asking for and getting deals in that ballpark: Stephon Marbury, Kenyon Martin, Gilbert Arenas, to name a few.

Lewis averaged 18.2 his first season in Orlando, and last spring, hit major shots in the post-season. But this season, starting with the suspension for banned substances, has been poor. Lewis’ average slipped to 14.1 and with a few exceptions, he’s been a vapor in the post-season. Suddenly, his flaws are being exposed: He doesn’t go to the basket. He can’t knock down 3-pointers unless he’s wide open. He’s not much of s presence on the glass.

And he’ll make roughly $60 million more on a contract that has 3 more years to run.

Folks still can’t let go of that last part.

150 Comments

  1. D. Durso says:

    The truth of the matter is the magic have a lot of shooters (3 point, higher risk shots). You need to have a few that can bang and can take it to the hole. That’s either Dwight, Brendon, or Marcin. All three are doing well and are shouldering most of the offense. With the exception of Carter going to the hole on occasion, Petrice has been the consistant shooter, everybody else is still looking for his shot. good thing its happening now and not later in the season. Lewis will snap out of it. this team is the deepest team overall. Championship teams rarely great all season long anyway.

  2. Tommy says:

    Well,that’s Orlando’s g.m. Otis Smith.Good job,you get out of a huge busted contract with Grant Hill who was injured more then half the time he was in Orlando.Then you get right back into another dumb contract.Orlando pays big bucks for average players.

  3. […] What’s a mystery is how can you make changes to a team with its core guys getting paid so much money. I don’t see many takers for Lewis or Carter in a trade. We know Dwight isn’t going […]

  4. Leon says:

    Bad match-up.. Does Stan seen the Cavs-Celtics series ‘coz their doing the same mistake as them. The Magic should play big, place Howard(PF) and Gortat(C) then slide Rashard at (SF). This will slow KG, which is doing a excellent job against Lewis. With this big line-up they might control the board and start running, Defense wise Rashard may defend better than Vince against Pierce. I think this is the only option for Stan and the Magic.

  5. Guy0606 says:

    All I have to say is why did they trade hedo’ he was a better fit on orlando then lewis he had more off a all around game from handkles on offense to drive or shoot on the run and not to mention he was a nice size an was able to help howard bang in the paint so to orlando trading hedo was ur first F*** up secondly yall know damn well yall shouldnt be paying Lewis that much if I was the owner he’d would be happy to get over ten mill because you have to prove on a consistant basis if you are really as good as your salary!

  6. malick says:

    come on folks there is nothing to blame on lewis he has done as much as he could …..the whole magic is havin problems dealin with the celtics …just because the team is loosin doesnt its rashard’s fault hes a good player

  7. kaka` says:

    hey guys…for orlando..bass and howard on starting line up.trade nelson..look for another PG that make moves and pass the ball.sign james..

    james
    howard
    bass

    trade old folks….

  8. j_breez says:

    I have to say I was completely wrong about this matchup as I had Orlando winiing in maybe 6 or 7 games here’s why tho, last year the Magic were able to get it done not only against the Celtics but Lebron as well and LA despite them winning could have gone either way (if a starless houston could take them to game 7 I don’t understand how Denver or Orlando lost to them so easily) I know KG was not in the lineup last year but the team is basically the same yet they are somehow playing even better than in 08 they have yet to go to a game 7 wheres back then the 1st two rounds were 7 game I figured since Nelson was injured as well as the VC trade they’d at least stand a better chance than this these guys are playing like Miami when the bulls swept them with shaq in the lineup (And if DWade by his damn self can avoid the broom against boston why cant’s the magic with their lineup)

  9. Spence says:

    Your all forgetting its the coaches fault lewis because HE IS NOT A POWER FORWARD…HE SHOULD PLAY THE (3)Small Forward..just because your tall doesnt mean anything..He plays like a three and is sized like a three..there is no power in lewis and he probably gives up 40 pounds to KG…

  10. Grant says:

    I think that will be great if Wade can come. He will make Howard and other 3pt players, including Lewis, batter at offense side, just like Nash of Suns. Obviously, neither Nelson or Carter is not good enough to help Howard to win the NBA champion.

  11. noahdret says:

    i just read everyone elses comments. dam you guys are haters. orlando might spend alot but they are far from stupid. they have one of the top coaches in the nba. he might be second to jackson. look at their team: rashard (worth it) vince carter dwight jameer i mean seriously they’re as stacked as it gets…except for celtics and the lakers

  12. Thomas says:

    Vince carter has just been disappointing he has had a few bright spots during the season but he is not a playmaker on the level of Hedo Turkoglu. Factor that in with a point-guard that has to polish his passing skills (Nelson) and you have a stagnate offense being smothered by a 2008 Celtics defense.

  13. bird4lyfe says:

    lewis is a wanabe ray allen, except ray ray can create off the dribble, pass and dunk in yo face, that’s right ‘IN YO FACE DWIGHT !’, lol

  14. the wall says:

    Lewis is clutch
    Boston’s d is stepping up sick
    the whole Magic team is having a tough time scoring
    and defending
    stop hating on one player.
    enough said! (:

  15. SupaDupa_Interlude says:

    I was hating on him before the slump… the man is signed a $118 million dollar contract that he will never live up to it. If i’m throwing a player over 100 million he better be a superstar and come through when it matters. The man is the 9th highest player in the league and has never accomplished anything in the playoffs.

    but i cant really blame him for signing that big contract… its not like he was gonna say no or something.

  16. Sebastian says:

    Now… now… Lets not just go ahead and bash Lewis and blame Magic’s bad performance in the semis soley on him. Regardless of the money he’s being paid look around at all the other guys. No one has done anything. Where’s the game plan? Where’s the hunger? Orlando simply got outscored, outhustled, outdefended… They got shell-shocked! No one has stepped up and become the vocal leader that the Magic need. Lewis may have been bad, but who has been good in the semis on the Orlando side? Magic is my favorite team, but so far no one has showed-up…

  17. jason says:

    why doesnt he have any post moves, i cant believe you can be 6’10 and have no moves aeven after being in the league 10 years. Dont they teach him how to do it at training, seems like all he is interested in is shooting triples…now i know he practises those

  18. Chria says:

    Anyone saying the Magic should have kept Hedo must have missed how he played this season. He got the money he wanted, a franchise excited and he completely vanished.

    Vince Carter? Still is too scared to take a game over and be a closer, he won’t take the responsibility himself, it has to be put on him. And look, exactly what people were preaching 2-3 years ago is correct.

    Dwight Howard is an offensive liability. Does this guy even have any respect for himself and his reputation? He’s athletically gifted and lazy as hell about getting better. No wonder he and Josh Smith are such good friends, they are both player that just try to coast by without looking to improve consistently.

  19. deral says:

    LETS GO MAGICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

  20. deral says:

    LEWIS WILL ALWAYS MAKE SHOTS ONLY IF MAGICS CHANGE THEIR OFFENSIVE LINE-UPS AND IF HE MISTS HOWARD SHOULD ALWAYS GET THE REB, THEY NEED TO PLAY LIKE THEY DID AGAINST CHARLOTE AND THE HAWKS IM VERY DISAPOITED IN THEM

  21. roger says:

    i think it’s not lewis fault if he had a worst playoff out put it’s coach van gundy fault because he reduce the playing time of lewis and he give more time to nelson which he can’t deliver good result and coach van gundy must know how to use his bench , he must know how to sacrifice a player.

  22. elvis says:

    Your just seeing a healthy Celtics unit that was 20-5 at the beginning of the year. They are going slow down anybody. ORL is shooting poorly though.

  23. Ediaz says:

    TO ME HONEST THE MAGIC JUST NEED A NEW COACH AND ITS THAT SIMPLE, A NEW COACH THAT KNOWS PLAYS AND DIFFERENT OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE TACTICS. “NEW COACH” I SAY TRADE RASHARD LEWIS AND GET A ONE MORE BIG TIME PLAYER AND A BIG TIME HEAD COACH. THEN THAT TEAM WILL BE UNSTOPPABLE.

  24. carlos_padua says:

    godspeed boston management and sir Danny Ainge. I’m a Diehard fans of Boston Celtics since KG and Allen arrivals. i offer you namely GABE FREEMAN’ swingman,6’6 guard /forward. a product of Costa Mesa College CBA. he average 14pts per game and 9.7 rebs.Gabriel Freeman is playing like, it would Gerald Wallace of the Charlotte Bobcats. and has almost an identical skill set as the Bobcats Star Forward – An Explosive drive, A strong finish, Intensity, Hardwork, Hustle Rebounding , Hustle Points, Helpside Defense, Streaky Shooting, 2009 PBA Fiesta Conference Best import. PBA 2009 Champion Fiesta Conference San Miguel Beermen ABL (asian basketball league) 2009-2010 Champion Philippine Patriots..100 more percent this guy is surely fit to your team.Sir Ainge. please….please…invite him to your training camp next season. txs and more power GO!! BOSTON CELTICS!!

  25. Alejandro says:

    i am a huge orlando magic fan and a fan of rashard lewis as well but he has not been showing his tru abliities against the celtics and does not deserve the amount he is getting payed unless it was able to step his game up and play like the rashard lewis everyone knows

  26. darkcloud03 says:

    so what will happen maybe they will trade lewis ?
    is that it ?
    they (orlando) are going to release one of the best shooters in nba ?

  27. carlos_padua says:

    KG RULES!!!

  28. Damir says:

    Quote Nick:
    “Nobody should be earning $20 million to put a leather ball through a metal rim, and I am an avid fan. It is ridiculous.”

    As it went from my mouth.

  29. Adis says:

    Actually Orlando needs a pint guard that creates plays for others not a scoring PG like Nelson…if they had a PG willing to get more assists a game they would win more except Nelson is taking away more from Orlando scorers than he is contributing to the team by him scoring…in other words if he gave Orlando more assists, which they desperately need, the outcome would be better than him doing the scoring(Orlando got better scorers)…finally, JAMEER NELSON PASS THE THE DAMN BALL MORE YOU JOCK……

  30. Kenneth says:

    In the series against the Boston Celtics, Rashard Lewis was taken his game out by that suffocating defense that the Celtics put on him. Rashard Lewis is a good scorer but at times if he struggles, the shooting touch that he possess is at a very low percentage. I think that the way he plays should coincide what his earnings is.

  31. clara says:

    Solution: Keep players on a flat-fee retainer. Then when they produce, they get paid. The more they put out the more they get paid…AFTER a game. LOL! Like a salesman, it will motivate them to make a few extra sacrifices and get in the game. If they aren’t putting out, then put them out. As a Magic fan, I was truly disappointed not only in Lewis’s poor performances but that VanGundy gave him an exorbitant amount of minutes to keep doing nothing while he had a whole bench full of talent that may have been some help.

  32. Magicmagicmagic says:

    As strong as you guyz may all feel about the tragedy we have at stake, I think all is forgetting the season the magic had really put up. the reason we love this team in the past and now is the underdog status and their grit.
    i really dont remember a healthy time when the orlando magic were a title contender until this year, and even last year
    up until the finals, orlando were supposdely a fluke! shard was in the growing phase of this orlando team and he deserves much more credit for past achievements than his funk in the eastern conference finals. dwight is still young to be a true leader, which also applied to james. at the end of the day, no one is doing anything wrong, its the pure experience and work ethics of the developed players who override the confidence of young stars. The Magic are an exceptional team, and I think Shard’s status should be judged on what he had offered so far and not by his funk. You can’t say he is being paid too much. Orlando offered that amount and at times he had delivered both on and off the court. I just hope the Orlando learns from every mistake and excel in this league to become the best.

  33. noahdret says:

    hey hey hey rashard is worth a fat contract. no one hated him before this slump because this is his first slump. his contract is way too high though. lots of love from me being from seattle and all- WE WERE ROBBED.

    kenyon on the other hand doesnt deserve his contract at all!! the big men is what killed the nuggets. despite birdmans awesomeness if youre going to have a weak back up you need strong starting presence. kenyon would rather get technicals and flagrant fouls than wins

  34. captainobvious says:

    Lewis is definitely a role player at best. He was in Seattle too. Main Reason: At 6’10” he has no post moves whatsoever.
    And it’s ok that he’s with the Magic but I mean 120 million or close to is what you give to someone getting 20 and 10 or 25+ ppg not to a role player. And he is a very skilled “Role player” and worth maybe 10 mill a season at best

  35. mekka25 says:

    EVERYBODY FORGOT RASHARD LEWIS WAS ON STEROIDS DURING THE 09 PLAYOFFS AND GOT SUSPENDED 11-14 GAMES OF COURSE HE IS FLOPPING NOW. NOBODY IS LAUGHING HARDER THEN HEDO TURKELU RIGHT NOW I RATHER NOT MAKE THE PLAYOFFS THEN SWEEP 1ST ROUND 2ND ROUND ONLY TO BE SWEPT IN THE EASTERN CONFERENCE ORLANDO SHOULD BE ASHMED OF THEMSELVES BOSTON WAS NOT EXPECTED TO GET PAST MIAMI AND NOW THEY ARE ON THE WAY TO GETTING ANOTHER RING

  36. fidel says:

    Simply, yes, he is over paid but the problem of Orlando is neither Lewis’ big contract nor Howard’s poor performance. What they need is a real Guard who can deliver 10 asists per game. Last year Hedo was trying to fill this gap but this year they can not do anything. I am not saying Nelson is a bad player, he is just not what Orlando needs. Check AST numbers in Boston series you’ll understand what I mean.

  37. meloy says:

    It’s the team effort that is missing.
    Magic used to have a fluid offense that opens up the 3s for Lewis.
    Howard can’t do it alone inside, magic needs another Bigman Inside to help Howard inside & will eventually open up 3s for Lewis & company.
    Lewis is just a Fall guy.
    should I do the coaching? hehehe

  38. B Nance says:

    Bottom line the magic has an average team. The celtics are on a real playoff high right now so it wouldnt matter how the magic was playin at this point. With that said Lewis is a bum should of never signed him plenty of other talent in the league just gotta find the right mix… Magic fans will have nightmares about the season unless they clean house in the front office in the off season. They need a coach for starters that can get the most out of the talent thats there Van Gundy run has come to an end players are no longer responding to his methods it just looked good in the early rounds. Dwight and the crew gone fishing!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. random people says:

    orlando is so stupid………….. why did they sign him and gave him a 20 million/year contract ………(sigh)

  40. on howard part he needs to go to houston with the dream to work on hes post game hey if kobe can y cant he do the same

  41. 20 mill a year he needs to give back 13 mill so we can go get dirk and let vc go on by hes way to he is not playing like he want to get a championship either thats y we got him for to do what hedo was doing and i cant c that 15 points in the last 2 games with 20 in game one

  42. dblock344 says:

    I AGREE THEY NEED TO GET RID OF LEWIS AND CARTER N GET LEBRON

  43. guan says:

    if lebron james had trouble scoring against the celtics, then obviously a guy like lewis is gonna have trouble scoring.

  44. POISON340 says:

    RASHAD IS TOO BIG AND TOO TALENTED TO LIVE BEHIND THE THREE POINT LINE. ESPECIALLY WHEN THEIR TEAM IS GETTING SLAMMED ON THE BOARDS. SOMETIMES YOU GOTTA TAKE IT BACK TO THE BASICS AND CRASH THE BOARDS. HE’S 6’10 FOR GOODNESS SAKES HE’S AS TALL AS DWIGHT. BESIDES MAYBE IF HE STEPPED UP ON DEFENSE, HIS OFFENSE JUST MIGHT PICK UP. BUT YOU ALSO CAN’T COMPLETELY BLAME THE PLAYERS. YOU HAVE A COACH WHO’S MENTALLITY IS SHOOT UNTIL THEY START FALLING. THAT DOESN’T WORK WHEN EVERYONE KNOWS THATS BEEN ORLANDO’S STRATEGY ALL SEASON. THE ONLY FORM OF POST PRESENCE IS DWIGHT AND IF HE HAS AN OFF GAME, COUPLED WITH CRAPPY SHOOTING, YOU HAVE A 3-0 LEAD IN THE SEMI’S. AND THE COACH CANT SEEM TO FIGURE A SOLUTION FOR RAJON RONDO.

  45. Joe Park says:

    Isn’t this Dwight Howard’s ” team “? Then why are we even pointing fingers at Rashard Lewis? Sure hes a great player and he did vanish during the Boston series, but I mean. you’re trying to dump the whole thing on Lewis……Shouldnt you be writing an article on how Dwight is not being able to carry ” his ” team to the finals??? Are you secretly gay and in love with Dwight or something? Please man, Dwight Howard is a pure disappointment!!!

  46. James says:

    well, the loss of Lee and Turkoglu really hurt Orlando’s size. Those two would have fared much better than what the Magic already have.

    • deral says:

      THATS TRUE BUT THEY SHOULD TRY TO GET LEBRON ON THEIR TEAM SO THEY CAN ACTUALLY WIN A PLAYOFF AND FOR LEBRON TO MAKE HIS LEGACY CAUSE OVERALL I THINK THAT WOULD MAKE A GOOD TEAM

  47. CB says:

    When it comes down to it, Orlando’s problems can be summed up in two words, HOWARD and VAN GUNDY. Dwight Howard is a defensive powerhouse, but offensively if he can’t overwhelm people physically he is completely useless. By this time in the league he should be much better with his post moves, (think how Kareem has helped Bynum develop in LA). I don’t know if Patrick Ewing is not doing his job, or if Howard’s basketball IQ is simply not high enough, but something must be done to get this guy up to speed, a jump hook, post footwork, or something. And lastly, Van Gundy is just not a top tier coach. Magic is one of the top 4 teams in the league, there is no reason that they should lose this badly to any other NBA team, including the Celtics even with the Celts playing their best ball of the entire year. Something must be done about the stagnant offense and the terrible matchups. Van Gundy was exposed against Phil and the Lakers and he is being exposed with The Celts and Doc Rivers as well. If Orlando wants to get a ring they must develop Howard into a sufficient offensive threat so his teammates can be a factor. And Van Gundy cannot run an offense through someone as offensively inadquate as Howard, period.

  48. A says:

    Blame the media for gasing dwight howard into making him think that he’s superman.
    i think dwight and lebron are extremely overrated.

  49. SDOT says:

    Ok so nobody was talking about Rashard Lewis contract when they swept through the first two rounds and he averaged about 20 ppg, shooting about 50 percent from the field. He can do what vince does easily (15 points on 5-15 shooting, Come on!) They don’t even pass him the ball enough and lets not forget that he has Kevin Garnet on him (who hasnt been doing much this series either due to Rashard Lewis defense). No one is perfect, you guys need to cut him some slack! Its not just him, its the whole team playing poorly! Lets also give Boston some credit because they came in these playoffs ready to win and they not only beat the Magic in these games but also Clevand! These guys are still human and cant focus on what happened last game but on going into Boston and getting that win! I know they can beat Boston, the only problem is that I dont know if they know they can beat Boston A.K.A The Monstars! but Im hoping Orlando gets the win tomorrow and at least take it back home Wednesday!!!!

  50. GWINEYWINE says:

    BOSTON IS JUST MAKING THESE SO CALLED GOOD PLAYERS LOOK BAD. EX MISS JAMES

  51. Magic says:

    I don’t know what the magic are doing that’s for sure. Dwight Howard is not Hakeem the dream he don’t have mid range or great post play. Game 3 with Boston did you see how Dwight Howard post shot look? it looks like lucky show every time. Yes, Rashard Lewis doesn’t deserve this money but where is the Magic Star, so far he’s not shining. Big baby can defend Dwight Howard one on one, c’mon Hakeem use to have double – triple team and his post shot is better then and open shot. The team is good but their star needs work. Yes, he’s a monster in defense but nothing on offence and great players who got their teams a ring were both good in offensively and defensively. In addition, they do need a PG that pass the ball much better image if they had Rando yes he’s not a 3pts shooter but he can pass. The magic will be much better.

  52. bougfjvcmj says:

    the magic should get rid of Lewis and sighn c.bosh or d.novenkie.

  53. Boston Cs says:

    Rashard was reli good, but now… tsk tsk

  54. tudok mamot says:

    OM have no heart

  55. Crusher says:

    Rashard Lewis seems like a decent guy and I certainly don’t think he is the root of Orlando’s issues, but over the years he has had a habit of putting up decent regular season numbers and then disappearing in the playoffs. I remember thinking that before he even came to Orlando. Certainly others must have noticed this as well? Combine him with a Vince Carter and you’ve got two soft players in your starting five. It is one thing to talk about stepping up, doing more, or whatever. It is another thing entirely to do it. Vince and Rashard’s disappearances are definitely hurting their team.

  56. aagf says:

    I don’t think Lewis is worth that much including Howard. That amount are for players who can play under pressure and can create their own shots. I’d rather trade them both and get the likes of David Lee and B Lopez and let JJ start the game.

  57. rory says:

    lewis is the man i dont care whar n e one says……magics should pick up either chris bosh or dirk nowinski next season

  58. Jah says:

    Lewis is not you’re everyday talent, you dont find players like him everyday, but every player has a weakness it just so happens to be that Lewis weakness is exposed against the Celtics, what Orlando needs is a better PG with a wider court vision and a true PG I.Q to bring out the best of the Magics offense, they should have gotten a PG already way ago……
    its not that Dwight, Lewis , Carter isnt living up to expectations…its more of the coaching staffs fault, they took those players in but fail to bring out the best of them, by not having a PG.. just imagine someone like nash in Orland……..

  59. Edmon says:

    I think the reason why Lewis is playing poor this season is because of the entry of Vince Carter in the team. It should have been better if Turkoglu was still there in the team. Carter shoots too much and destructs the flow of offense of the Magic. I say take out Carter from this team!

  60. Tommy says:

    Hey Joe,

    I wouldn’t say that Vince is a cancer. The guy has major talent and can potentially be one of the top players in the league if he actually cared and put his mind to it. However, I think being in just outright crappy teams for pretty much his entire career has made him play a certain kind of basketball. The kind where he just needs to score and not care much about winning. Being this way for so long really messed him up as a player imho.

  61. abelive it says:

    Rashard Lewis fail to show up for the finals.Vince and Lewis should be mad at their game. Orlando thought they would still have outside and short range shooter, get to the basket and create off the dribble, rebound and defend with Vince and let go Hedo also a outside scorer. Van Gundy needs to take the blame for his poor coaching and vacation with Flip Saunders during the off-season to decide their future- because it’s not coaching! JAMEEL NELSON STEP UP!

  62. Tommy says:

    I mean, the thing here is the C’s are playing great 1 on 1 defense on Howard which is allowing them to cover the 3 point line with ease. Asides from when Kevin Garnet is guarding him he should be exploiting the hell out of all these other defenders 1 on 1. While it is true that you should not single the guy out but focus on team play, they are paying him an insane amount of money for a reason. To help them excel during the playoffs with his specific skillset and unfortunately he’s not playing to his contracts worth at this time. It’s sad to watch the game even though I’m rooting for the C’s when you have bench players who are playing with more heart and contributing than your big contract player(s).

  63. Juan says:

    my opinion is that he is a good player, but the celtics defense is by far the best in the post – season, and he’s being guarded by kevin garnett, and take as an example the celtics- cavaliers series, pierce was being guarded by lebron and he shot a terrible 30 percent from the field and orlando, he has shot over 50 percent, its just different matchups

  64. fabman says:

    For sure Lewis is not worth $20 mil per year. Maybe, and I say maybe, 50% of it. What he does well is shooting when open. That’s it.
    Orlando’s strategy based on having Howard doubled does not work with serious teams and in playoff series. Why? He cannot shoot free throws in a decent manner, and most important he does not have a single offense movement after 6 years in the league (what is Pat Ewing doing over there?)

  65. Joe says:

    Is it just me or dos someone else see what a freaking cancer Vince is! C’mon…he has slowly destroyed every team he touches leaving T.O. in shambles beforte joining a Nets team on the move and destroying them before coming here and demnding top dollar for a refusal to take the lead in ay way. When Howard is hot…Vince is cool…when we need him to step up…he disappears. Lose him and Lewis!

  66. A player should get better year by year. Dwight Howard improved greatly over the years but Rashard Lewis seemed to shrink since he went to Orlando. When he got there he said he wanted to play on the team with Dwight, but then started to play like a role player. Maybe he does not realize that when you accept a contract like that you can not fall back (and relax) into a role players role, you should come in with the mind set of being the star of the team even if thire’s one already there (work with, not under).

  67. Jamrock says:

    I have seen all the comments and the evidence is conclusive. Whereas Rashard Lewis is a talented player it all means nothing if he does not bring it on gameday. He has not shown it in this series where it counts and when he is needed most. Orlando Magic s organization has failed the fans and betrayed the trust of NBA viewers by not being competitive in this finals with boston.

    I say, its time to be bold and place players on a performance based compensation plan, with your current salary inline with your last performance review, make it every month with options for a really good player to break the bank on salary, or drop to virtually nothing as is the current case with Rashard. He and Ray Allen were team mates and Ray is older than he is and still contributing to the success of Boston. Rashard needs to wake up and smell the coffee, have some pride and play the game as he has the ability.

    By the way, I would honestly investigate him to see if he’s getting payed to be this lazy in the series. He is the X factor, and I would squarely place the blame on him for the Magics playing so poorly.

    We deserve a better Rashard Lewis, this is getting ridiculous and I am not impressed.

  68. trinity says:

    before lewis, Magic fans should blame howard because of his incompetence. I think the blame should also put to coach stan van gundy because he can’t find a way to resolve match-ups. His weakness as a coach was showed during the Lakers-Magic finals series a year ago and its happening again. What orlando needs is a motivation that they can win a game and they are still one of the best teams in the NBA.

  69. Benjamin says:

    You can’t blame rashard doing bad this year. you’re sharing the ball with nelson (taking more shots than last year), howard (gets the ball all day and can’t hit free throws), and VC which is an inconsistent shooter. VC and DH keeps taking horrible shots and thats why they are falling. if rashard takes as many shots as VC i bet he can score 20 a game. Hedo mixed well with orlando, VC just messed up rashards groove.

  70. al says:

    As long as the team are winning then all the great and good things will be published and posted to any individual or a team….. but if it is loosing time then braise yourself and expect the worst….

  71. Ben says:

    Its very simple…. Orlando and zero HEART…. when things aren’t going the greatest they play the blame game…. If DH continues to smile and joke around he will continue to loose where ever he is… KInda Like Lebron…

  72. andreas says:

    Come on! It is logical, that he struggles at scoring. And there is one major reason for it – Vince Carter. You have to give up something to achiev more. Just look on the numbers when big 3 from Boston where in seperate teams. And look at the numbers now. You can’t wait for two TOP25 scorers to be at the same level in one team. But, here is the biggest problem which Orlandos GM has made. You can’t keep three players with 20+ points avg per game + Superman.There are too many players who like to play with the ball – Nelson, VC and Lewis. The last one has been the biggest victim… It is not his problem, it is GM’s problem. They should add Artest in the lineup, not Carter, because Artest is a good guard and can play without the ball, Carter can’t. Solution? Trade Lewis for Josh Smith or Trade Carter for Kirilenko. Magic needs a SF/PF with defensive skills. A bit confusing, but it is not enough with Superman in defense.

  73. BC18thCT says:

    What would you expect from guy that’s guarded by one of the best defansive players.
    Why aren’t you talking about ‘’Supermen’’ ( NOT RONDO, other superman)

  74. Zanzabar says:

    This is what happens when GM and owner begin to panic and start to think that numbers alone make a player. All three of the players mentioned are support players at best. It is a lesson that, unfortunately, is often learned by teams that can LEAST afford to make such mistakes. The same mistakes will most likely be made this summer as the bone-fide superstars such as Lebron and Wade disappear and desperation sets in and the marginally good players are all that are left. Suddenly players numbers start to look impressive or images of their past glory (such as Vince Carter) hold sway over reason.

  75. Pat says:

    Charles barkley said it best you don’t have a guy a max contract if he doesn’t make you a contender. Rashard lewis didn’t make orlando at contender but the gradual improvement of dwight howard. Orlando will have a tough time resigning dwight howard to a max contract in a few years due to this overinflated contract. rashard in his prime last year would be at most worth only 12 mil tops. Hes a poor mans version of dirk.

  76. Justin says:

    He is overpaid, he helped them get to the next level but he is definitely not worth it. The biggest problem is his lack of defense. You don’t have to score if you’re stopping whoever you have to stop, but he’s getting killed by even their back up Glen Davis. I think also part of the blame goes to the coach for letting him get exposed so badly, especially on a team like the Magic who are not short of talent and could find another way without using Lewis in the lineup, but that’s just my opinion.

  77. olddirtyphil says:

    I’m not gonna knock his hustle but ever since rashard got his contract i’ve been callin him “money man”

  78. Genovese says:

    I missing Hedo ! He must come back ! Carter Nelson out, Hedo in !!!

  79. D. Durso says:

    Just another Magic nasayer. They have had a great season. Fell on hard times with the Celtics. Still a very good team. will
    regroup and be even stronger next year.

  80. Michael says:

    I want to make it clear I am a Magic fan and my 12 year old son Loves this team. Having said that, we are trying to understand why this team has disintegrated so fast. Here is what comes to mind:
    If we look at majority of successful teams in history of NBA, we will notice their super stars and key players are not only good athletes and posses great skills but also quite intelligent. Recent examples include: Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Issiah Thomas, Kobe Briant, Steve Nash, David Robinson and the list goes on. I suggest in the future Magic front office pay more attention to IQ, Character and personality of the players prior to signing multi-year big contracts.

  81. Arrjun says:

    Rashard is worth the money he is payed its just that he hasn’t been showing his true potential in Seattle he could post, shoot and downright anything to help his team but Orlando is a completely different team they use Dwight as bait to get double teams then he kicks it out to 3 pointers but because his offensive game is limited Boston can take advantage of him. If Dwight Howard could do some proper offensive post moves or at least sink a jump shot he would be impossible to stop and would be much likely compared to Hakeem Olajuwon to stop and the magic would not be in the position they are in right now. Overall Rashard may not be playing to his potential but the load of the team should not be put on him.

  82. Federico (from Italy) says:

    Well, I think this situation cannot be only justified with Boston big defense work, even though Tibotheau has entered the 3-point Orlando machine damaging it in its own engine not allowing open shots. The worst thing in Orlando’s basketball is the total absence of being aggressive and trusting each other on both sides of the floor. In this situation Lewis cannot show his skills in opening the field. In conclusion, I agree with Kevin, he’s a bit over rated, he’s a player that needs the ball sharing. His 118 million dollars salary is too much for him, that’s a contract that only all-NBA players deserve.

  83. tjlaughs says:

    See I don’t think he’s necessarily overrated in terms of how fans and critics view him. I think everyone who has watched Lewis more than once knows that he doesn’t attack the basket. He can stroke the ball however, although, surprisingly, he is a weak ballhandler for a guy that makes his living on the perimeter. But he’s made it work so far by being able to exploit his unique size/skill combo. What he is is drastically overpaid, but that’s nothing new in the NBA. But let’s not be too hard on him. I haven’t met a person who would turn down 118 million to play basketball. And last year in the Eastern Conference Finals, Lewis and Turk put it to the Cavs, running that 6’10 pick and roll. The Magic are at fault for paying him this much…but like the article points out, guys like Marbury and Kenyon Martin (Martin, who is a second or third tier forward in this league; and Marbury, who has never had any qualms about deconstructing a team so that he could get his stats) have been offered similiar contracts — athough, Marbury was given that money by the Knicks, who were basically writing blank checks during Isaiah’s tenure as coach (see: Jerome James and Eddy Curry). This league has series issues when it comes to the salary/talent ratio, something that needs to be addressed if the NBA is going to usher in another golden age.

  84. j.b. says:

    how about we give credit where credit is due. K.G. is doing his job if you watch the Magic you know they are not as effecticve if you get them off the 3 pt. line and thats what the C’s are doing you also have to give credit to the Boston coaching staff for paying attention to detail and knowing what the Magic x-factor(rashard lewis) weakness are and they are taking advantage of it

    • Yashar says:

      Boston is playing great D…they deserve all the credit. What is unexcusable is Magic’s lack of hustle and intensity being down 2-0. If you watched the Suns beat the Lakers tonight, thats the kind of attitude you go into a game 3 with, being down 2-0 against the defending champs. All I saw from Phoenix was hustle, intensity, and a sense of pride. Magic did not have a bit of that.

  85. Yashar says:

    I saw this flaw Orlando had at power forward position against the Lakers in the Finals, and I expected them to make real changes at that position this season and perhaps move Lewis to small forward. Orlando instead thought Vince Carter is the answer, which proved to be wrong. Howard is a great defensive center, but limited offensively, as he uses his athleticism and strength to score. He has no other great moves or a short to mid range jump shot. This allows a good defensive team like Boston to use their multiple big men on him at different times and stay at home on the other 4 players just standing around at the 3 point line. Boston has also exposed Orlando’s other problem, they dont have a consistent playmaker. This was supposed to be Carter, but he has shown to be very inconsistent, and makes bad decisions when it comes to shot selection. Rashard Lewis is good as a role player…but not worth his contract, he was good during the regular season, but has proven to be more of a liability against the elite teams who have true power forwards that bang him around. And on top of that he seems to be playing disengaged this whole Boston series. I wouldnt pay him $10 an hour to dress up as “Puff the Magic Dragon” with the lack of enthusiasm he is showing. Maybe after Boston wins the series, the Magic can go home and win an NBA championship on PS3 playing NBA2K10. At least that will give them some satisfaction. Their lack of enthusiasm has been a big turn off for many Magic fans. Totally unexcusable.

  86. zeREALTRUTH says:

    Rashard lewis in Orlando has only become a guy who sets screens and shoots 3 pointers, he aint that good off the dribble, but he is good in the block cuz he can square u up shoot or make an easy move or get fouled, at the time when he averaged 22.4 points per game he was beasting it in the post at times. Orlandoz offensive system makes lewis just a jump shooter. And every single 3 point shooter in orlando is doing bad cuz they dont have to double howard. You guys dont see thangz like that, for real. And one game where he did good in the post was against phili last year in the playoffs when dwight was suspended. So he is worth that 118 million, but stan van gundy has to give it to the man in the post. If dwight aint gone get it done, then lewis is gonna have to.

  87. Adrijan says:

    I think that they should let him go and let some young players play like anderson an save some money!
    Lewis is good player but when he is needed at most as a captain he doesnt show he shots lower then 30percent!!!

  88. Really? says:

    $118M for Lewis? I’m thinking Howard’s not worth $118M. Please add something to the open threes. They need to go after Lamar Odom and turn him loose. Then HOWARD can clean up the missed bunnies.

  89. alinco says:

    man it’s just busieness. orlando magic made a gamble and they lost big time. last yr around this time, you would be thinking it was a great deal given the match up problems the magic had against the cavs. now it looks like a bad deal for obvious reasons. but let’s face it, Lewis is not the only problem. how about superman himself, and the rest of the magic team. none of them has been worth a penny this series. leave Lewis alone cuz he made a great deal for himself.

  90. George says:

    Rashard Lewis is well OVER paid & over rated. He’s getting Kobe & LeBron type money. ORLANDO, LISTEN UP!!! Dump Lewis fast. The free agency is loaded. If I were the GM or S. Van Gundy, I’d be interested in Dirk. He’s gonna opt out & look for a place to win a title. Don’t just sit there, GET A MOVE ON IT!!!

    • yobxchris says:

      I agree 100%……….Dirk will be the key to a magic ring next season if they open their eyes and wallets.

      • Pedro says:

        yup. beacuse you can trade whoever you want OR if (dirk opts out has reported) you can just fire a NBA player without any cap concerns AND buy any player from the free agent pool. MAN you’re good, too bad you’re not my teams GM:S
        Note: why don’t you just also get Lebron and Kobe, i think it could be done…

  91. Masta says:

    GO NEW YORK KNICKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  92. magic says:

    they offer too much money to lewis. he is not lebron, dwade or kobe. 20m/year is a lot. ill offer lewis about 10-12m/year max.

  93. Luke says:

    I think Mr. Smith needs to have an editor. “He was 6-10 who could play either forward spot.” Lol.

  94. Larry Johnson says:

    Magic are sweet Kevin sucks,that is all

  95. Anon says:

    When I saw the guy on the court, didn’t realize why he was in a staring line up. Making almost 20M / season is just too much. I dont think he deserves it. With current Orlando’s performance agents Boston, they should terminate his contract and donate the money to charity.

  96. sotireas says:

    C’mon Rashard Lewis is very good player!every team would like a player who’s 6.10 and he can shoot 3-poinetrs or post up(averaging 20 plus points per game)!I ‘m not a magic fun(i ‘m a lakers fun) but i can aknowledge his quality!it’s just a bad season for Lewis.A year ago he was in the finals and was playing like a beast against a much better team!!Lets make it clear..just because he’s not playing good in this series(by the way who’s playing good in the magic’s team??) doesn’t mean he’s not a good player!!on the other hand,man…there are o lot of players who try to built a reputation and then the rep makes the money not the skills nor the consistency(jermaine o’neal,brand,shaq etc)..I don’t know..i wish money wouldn’t be such a great factor in the nba..In our days is much more “where money happens”..20 years ago was like….”WHERE NBA HAPPENS”.

  97. Pedro says:

    Different year same talk.. every year is the same lewis-overpaid chat.. always!! when he sucks it’s “overpaid! should never had happened” when he plays well and the magic wins its “overpaid but makes the star better and the team work”. We all know he is overpaid, no question there, but the magic made a choice and now they live with it. Last year it paid off, this year it’s not going the same way. To bad, let it go.. But come 2011 we will hear the same stuff, “overpaid” let’s just see if it’s for the good or bad reason…

  98. Ricky says:

    He should be getting paid 6 million per season.. Let’s just subtract a portion of his salary for each category he fails in that he should at least be top notch in…Let’s see they are CRASHING THE BOARDS…that’s minus 6 million… Driving to the Lane, Minus 6 million.. I should subtract more since he can’t even create his own shot, he has to be WIDE open… 18 million dollars for a player that lacks defense, can’t create their own shot, doesn’t get inside buckets with his height. And can only shoot wide open… ORLANDO, HEAR MY PLEA! I CAN DO THAT FOR 90% LESS THAN HE’S MAKING AND STILL DO BETTER!

    • Dan says:

      “I can do that for 90% less and still do better . . .”

      Oh PLEASE! Unless you are some amazing dude, you couldn’t even make a division 1 college team. Any NBA benchwarmer, if he came to your local gym, would make everyone look like fools. Yes, he’s overpaid, yes, he hasn’t performed as he used to, but let’s drop the ridiculous “I could do better” foolishness.

      • Ricky says:

        Dan, when I was 16 years old, I was training with a division one Greek team that relegated the following year. All I had to do was stick with them till I turned 18. Injuries, bad management and immaturity made me stop playing basketball. I’m sorry but, I’ve played against NBA has beens before in europe. I’ve trained with them. Don’t overrate bench warmers please. And obviously Rashard is a high caliber athlete. You fail to catch on to metaphors. I’m basically saying he isn’t doing NOTHING, I can get paid to do NOTHING.. I dare you to come to my gym.

  99. Alexiaa says:

    4qet themm Rashard Lewis ; iKnw Yuu ain been duinq qudd In This Series . I mean Everybodyy Has their Times’ !!! iLy <3

  100. CELTICS says:

    no use magics are done,
    celtics will bring the broom tomorow n say there goodbye ;)
    CELTICS 2010 CHAMPS

    • Green Goblin Hater says:

      Just wait till Boston come up against a real team. That’s right mate bring out the broom cause all Paul Pearce and co. will be doing after the finals against LA Lakers is sweeping up all the gold and purple confetti left on Boston’s arena. If only KG could play ball as much as he talks he might be able to get one or two blocks against Pau and Paul Pearce thinks his just two good, just wait Paul till Kobe breaks the glass right in your face fool.

      LA Lakers just beginning the dynasty fool.

      • Andy says:

        Dude really?? Boston is yet to face a good team??
        Coming into the playoffs Miami was the hottest team but Bostons defense just broke them down. Then they played the number 1 regular season team Cleveland and again just simply outplayed them and took away their offense. Then they played the only undefeated team in the playoffs and have totally stopped them offensively. Boston isnt scoring many points to win their games, they just keep their opponents points so low not many are needed to win. If I were the Lakers or a fan of them I would be very worried going into the finals against them, Boston is simply playing brilliant basketbal right now, and Im not even a Boston fan.
        Lakers-Celtics will be a great series but I would not hesitate to say Boston is a great chance.

      • jojo says:

        Dude i so agree with Andy. Boston has Dismantled every team with an all-star in it, I’m pretty L.A. will be the same only a little harder. So i agree i think Boston has a pretty good chance of getting the cup.

    • BB4L says:

      Magic to be swept and it’s Lakers for mine, Kobe will take them apart one by one.

  101. hako danli says:

    orlando had to keep hedo turkoglu he was making lewis better can you imagine this team both vince and hedo onboard no they let hedo walk away look now celtics baeting hell out of orlando and my opinion lewis contract is not worth more than 70 million dolars he is way overpaid

  102. luis says:

    im with kevin he’s not worth anything he plays like a scrub not and allstar and thats what allstars are paid!! hes not a threat at all not even playing out of the bench, i hope he retire. we dont want him here in orlando! lewis is just wrong. what player out there today gets paid like that and dosent even show up come gameday. and to make it clear!! is not a slump, he just cant play anymore.

  103. shane says:

    Most Overpaid players who arent even worth half of their contract

    1. Rashard Lewis
    2.Kenyon Martin
    3. Richard Jefferson
    4.Andrew Bynum
    5. Andre Kirilinko
    6. Monte Ellis

    1990s worst contract EVER is Allan Houston

  104. RICHARD says:

    3 baskets a game for playoff with celtic, meaning $27m for each basket……. ilmao Rashard Lewis can we please have a discount.

  105. gabe says:

    Completely agree, Lewis would be the 6th man on the Celtics, and on most good teams. He should be a number 6 man on good teams. Terrible investment

  106. Amir says:

    orlando as a team is horrible…howard is no superman…im sorry, i like the kid a lot more than i like shaq…but he has no moves at all…every year i keep thinking he ll come back as a better player…but he always come back with the same stuff…monster on defense, loser on offense…
    lewis is an ok player…not worth the 118mills they gave him…that is stupid!!!! and vc??? well we know he’s never been a winner since his days in toronto…

    this team sucks

  107. Frank says:

    People have short memories, when Rashard was hitting all of those big shots last year no one was questioning his worth. Boston is outplaying Orlando hands down, but putting the blame on Rashard Lewis isn’t fair, basketball is a team game. Bostons defense is stepping up big time and shutting down the paint.

  108. C. King says:

    i think lewis is a great player but just because one bad series against bostons unstoppable defense these guys are doubting his game.

  109. Percy says:

    He is definitely overrated as a player 2 get a contract of that magnitude and 2 see what he is producing as a player now is disgraceful, if orlando wanted to win this series they would have to play inside out and not outside in like all these nonsense 3’s i’m seeing and give my guy brandan bass sum minutes as well jheeeeze

  110. musicsmyweapon24 says:

    are u sure its 118 million he’s being payed, and not 18 million

    … ur confusing me son

    • capologist says:

      118 million for 6 years, almost 20 per year and over 22 for the last year on his contract.

      It was the largest contract ever signed at the time of the signing, but not because he was better than other max playsers, only because he had more years of experience (determining the % of the salary cap he was elegible to get) and the salary cap was growing at the time (as basketball related income was growing).

  111. carlos says:

    I THINK THAT ORLANDO MAGIC IS A DECEPTION THIS YEAR. WHY?

    1) HOWARD HAS BEEN SO BAD IN THE PLAYOFFS. HE DID NOT DO ANYTHING IN THE FIRST TWO SERIES AND NOT EVEN AGAINST BOSTON. HOWARD DOES NOT PLAY WELL WHEN HE FACES GOOD TEAMS, SO FOR ME HE IS NOT THE BEST CENTER OF THE LEAGUE. HE IS JUST ANOTHER CENTER. BUT HE IS A VERY GOOD DEFENDER.

    2) VINCE CARTER CAN NOT BE IN ORLANDO NEXT YEAR. THERE ARE SEVERAL VERY GOOD PLAYERS IN FREE AGENCY.

    3) LEWIS IS A VERY GOOD PLAYER AND SHOOTS FROM 3 VERY GOOD, BUT WHEN HE PENETRATES TO RING, HE IS VERY SLOW AND BAD.
    4) ORLANDO IS A DECEPTION THIS YEAR. THEY NEED TO TRADE OR FIRE SEVERAL PLAYERS AND HIRE GOOD ONES,

  112. james says:

    this reminds me of painful memories but that time it was not shaq who was to blame when orlando were swept several years ago this time its more painfull losing at home 2-0 and having players like rashad lewis doing nothing offensively it pains so much and it was further exhibited in game 3 again gortut was too slow faked by rondo despite his height but as a man of faith people say no team has ever come from 3-0 but orlando need to win game 4 by turning up with their hearts and minds and make boston sweat

  113. Michael says:

    Lewis was only good when he was heavily doping. He is like the other magic players, no heart no pride.They walk, talk and look like losers. I feel for the fan base who ultimately absorb the heavy cost of the contracts. what a shame.

  114. west says:

    kidding me right? what about howard? this is his team isn’t it ? how has he improved his game? where is his (howard) break out game? matter of fact where is superman? what were gettin is clark kent in a cape… but lets not blame the star lets blame the role player. In all honesty what he makes doesn’t matter to me one bit… thats between the owners and the player …. they never consult me on what a player should make, so i don’t worry about that.. WHAT DOES WORRY ME, IS WHY ISN’T THE STAR MAKIN THE TEAM BETTER?

  115. Kowtz says:

    THe key phrase was “banned from illegal PERFORMANC ENHANCING substances”… Enough said…

  116. matthew says:

    orlando needs to get rid of lewis, and vince, then sign labron james

  117. Chrs McKenzie says:

    Yeah I remember those days in Seattle, before we lost/ had our team stolen by David Stern. Of course, I liked Lewis then, but couldn’t believe he was getting that kinda cheese when he could hardly ever create his own shot off the dribble. I also have a hard time believing any of these athletes excuses regarding over the counter supplements causing a failed drug test. He was doping and that’s why his numbers have gone down like they have, plain and simple.

  118. Mohamed A. says:

    In my opinion, I think the Magic should have gotten carter in ’07, instead of Lewis. Carter was and is still a beast :D

    • B-BALL B-BOY says:

      carter is a beast? you must be trippin! he more than rashard is the reason this team is crap right now besides, the team…that guy is a ball hog man…he needs to chuck like over 20+ shots a game just to get numbers and he don’t create or play D on nobody…Carter is a bust until his bum ass attitude changes which ain’t changed since his last few years as a raptor…he’s wasting talent.

  119. CiuscaMica says:

    you’re just hating on lewis for no reason … the whole team played poorly and in the past orlando had turkoglu that was a willing passer. I’m sure that Rashard is playing as hard as he can.

  120. john says:

    if Dwight Howard can flourish his offensive skills, like the prime of shaq, moves of gasol, i think rashard can flourish bec he will open threes all night!! but as of now dwight is not yet a polish offensive big man, until then that contract is not worth it. dwight should polish his game and rashard will follow.

  121. ron says:

    they traded the wrong guy, should have kept Hedo
    Hedo was the playmaker of that team

  122. weng_box says:

    He has the size and talent you want from a player…dont blame Lewis …i think the coach is responsible for these talented players that needs to be polished.

  123. Kevin says:

    lol so its not just me that thinks he’s totally over rated, in my opinion he’s not even worth that starting position, jj would have more of an impact but who cares its orlando and its team is based around howard being doubled teamed and kicking the ball out for their ‘set’ shooters

    • steve says:

      totally agree

    • Ryan says:

      Rashard Lewis Is A Really Good Player with 17 points a game and five rebounds but 20 million a year is too much i would go with like 12.5 million

    • Young Money says:

      SMH leave the man alone. Magic are just playing dumb basketball right now. When are they going to realize that posting howard does nothing but kill their chances of winning (knowing howard is a horible Free throw shooter) and get the other players in the team cold. ITs not team ball. Lewis can flat out score and iits not fair to blame it all on him and his salary.

      • Like I said in my 6:37 comment Rashard Lewis did not come in with the right mind set. He’s a SF that can play PF so when he got to Orlando they’re started using him in the PF postion for the team’s strategy. Howard is a muscle bound beast, but he even said that he was skinny before. Maybe Rashard should think about training with Dwight’s personal trainner to be alittle more like a PF with SF skills. Defence, rebound then offence is the best order for winning a championship. And with more strenth you can do more with all three in the big postions.

      • REB says:

        Lewis not the problem it’s the GM and Coach Howard needs help in the paint this will reduce his fouls as he will not have to fight the other teams entire frontline. An old Vince Carter was a bad move. The GM’s Fault! The Coach needs to play guys to suit the situation not his rotation.

      • Yashar says:

        Lewis IS a good player. But doesnt deserve what he is getting. He’s getting paid more than LeBron and Dwight Howard right now. He is a one dimensional role player. He makes open 3 pointers when he is open. Yes the Magic is playing bad as a team, and I’m not saying its Rashard Lewis’ fault. He is the kind of player that he is, you cant change that. The subject for debate is whether he is worth what he is making. Look I could care less if the magic pay him 200 million instead of 118. Its not coming from my pocket. The problem is that it leaves less salary cap room to sign a good quality player, like a true power forward or big playmaker that the magic needs deep in the playoffs.

    • AK says:

      Lewis is pulling a Mo Williams this year. Dang Rashard, dang!

      • Nick says:

        Nobody should be earning $20 million to put a leather ball through a metal rim, and I am an avid fan. It is ridiculous.

    • Havz says:

      whatever happened to Bass? i kinda like him in dallas. He’s young, athletic, goes to the baskett and grabs boards. it should be nelson, carter, barnes, bass, and howard..they should at least try it. they got nothing more to loose at this point.

      • rusoop says:

        i think SVG, should put bass on court, but i like lewis playing the small forward position, the starting line-up i like is nelson-carter-lewis-bass-howard, i hate the commentators saying that this team is worst than last year’s cause hedo isnt in orlando no more, the another playing missing here is courtney lee, he did a great job defending allen, and we can say the same thing with alston he did a better job on rondo than nelson, i only hope that the magic win a game to avoid the swept. good luck magic

      • lega95 says:

        YOUR LIKE ONE OF THE SMARTEST PEOPLE I RAN ACROSS UP HERE,WHY SIGN BRADON BASS FOR 4 YRS ALMOST 20 MIL IF YOUR NOT GOING TO PLAY HIME,STAN SHOULD SEE WE NEED ANOTHER BANGER DOWN LOW WITH HOWARD,BUT MY STARTING LINE UP WOULD BE

        HOWARD
        BASS
        LEWIS
        CARTER
        NELSON

        YOU GOT YOUR SHOOTERS ,DOWN LOW BANGERS,GO TO GUY BUT STAN DID THE SAME THING IN THE FINALS’HE DOESNT PLAY HIS GAME LIKE IN THE FIRST ROUND HE TRYS TO BEAT A TEAM AT THERE GAME WHEN WHERE UNSTOPPABLE WHEN WERE PLAYING OUR GAME

      • Brandon says:

        i agree bass needs more pt but the lineup should be nelson carter pietrus lewis and dwight….matt barnes its not a good shooter and for a team that spreads the floor and shoots 3’s he serves no purpose ….but as an edgy defender. i wish they would also attack the basket more and cause the defense to make decisions…this would create a more fluid offense .AS A MAGIC FAN I REALLY DONT UNDERSTAND THE SCHEME…STAN VAN GUNDY IS NOT CUTTING IT AS A HEAD COACH. but please dont put this all on lewis