As likely everyone has heard by now (unless you're one of those NBA fans who only pays attention when your team is winning, in which case, back to bed with you!), the Orlando Magic decided against renewing their contract with Matt Guokas, former Magic coach and most recently former Magic commentator, in what many sports authorities are guessing is because he's simply too unbiased, too informed and in other words, "not enough of a homer" to be part of the rebuild strategy. Everyone knows how annoying homers are as commentators, though, especially if they're not leaning your way. There's nothing more infuriating than watching your favorite player overpower an entire team's defense only to hear mum from the commentator who wakes back up 5 minutes later (an eternity in basketball) to overpraise the opposing team when they manage to sneak in a layup.
WHAT. GIVES. ORLANDO.
But no matter how much Magic (and really, NBA) fans might begrudge the decision, what's done is done, and Guokas will surely be scooped up by some hungry media outlet looking to actually discuss basketball without applying the face paint. Until then, here's a look back at some great, colorful Guokas moments.
Not enough of a homer?! Earlier this year, he did a good enough job degrading Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade after a bump with the Magic's Vucevic:
But then, maybe it comes down to him making one too many jabs at that baby Glen Davis?
Or maybe he didn't read enough of the Pinstriped Post?
But let's be serious. Guokas was there through it all. Remember Reddick? Remember that time he scored 8 three-pointers? Guokas does.
He even took a hit for Howard!
In case you need closure or want to read all the glorious tweets associated with his dismissal, here's Guokas's goodbye.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.
Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.
Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.
Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.