MIAMI Their big man has one foot out the door. One player called Sunday night's loss to the Heat "ridiculous."
But don't despair, Orlando fans. At least that's the word from that big man, Dwight Howard.
"There's no need for anybody, Magic fans or whatever, to just stress about the first game," Howard said after his team's 118-85 wipeout at the hands of the Heat in the preseason opener for both teams. "There's a lot more games to play and a lot of time for us to get better."
Howard, who has asked to be traded, didn't say how many of those games might find him donning an Orlando uniform. But he's trying to remain as positive as he can.
That was difficult Sunday. After trailing 22-21 after the first quarter, the Heat outscored the Magic 97-63 the rest of the way .
"I just don't like to lose period, especially like that," said Magic swingman Quentin Richardson, whose team had won an amazing 21 straight preseason games, not having lost one since 2008. "That's just ridiculous."