Orlando Magic: Guard Jameer Nelson Is the Man Who Wasn’t There

February 4th, 2011 by William Johnson Leave a reply »
I was recently in Chicago discussing sports with my family. A cousin of mine, fresh off of a sleepless night with a newborn baby, was irritably talking about the Bears and the Cubs with that typical dead-look in a Cubs fan's eye, so I moved the conversation to basketball to maybe brighten the mood.

It was I, however, that later turned sour.

My grumpy cousin pointed out the "one major flaw" in my Orlando Magic's game: Jameer Nelson. Or, as he put it, "you don't have a guard."

The first thought in my head is to punch him in the throat, but I know that to be unwise. My second thought, more reasonable, is to point out why Jameer Nelson, the invisible guard, is anything but. But I have to think about it so instead I say, "Well, we'll see. Jameer has done a lot for Orlando." I trail off, the grumpiness now transported to me and the historical portion of my brain in full gear examining the many years with Jameer.

I have to say that my cousin, sleepless night aside, was thinking clearly: When you think about the Orlando Magic, they don't, indeed, have a guard...at least in the collective consciousness. Dwight Howard is the best center alive; ...

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