Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 12/30/11

Orlando center Dwight Howard leaves the court after the Magic's 99-86 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida, Sunday, June 14, 2009. The Lakers won the Finals with the victory. (Gary W. Green/Orlando Sentinel/MCT) Photo via Newscom

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The NBA lockout was frustrating and often puzzling, but one positive to come out of the 149 day work stoppage was exposing how badly many people missed pro basketball. Count me among them. Sometimes you dont appreciate what youve got until its taken away. Since the lockout ended, I have a renewed appreciation of the opportunity to announce Magic games on TV, and a renewed appreciation of the high skill level the players possess. The Magics Hedo Turkoglu is a prime example. Its easy to overlook what an exceptionally good basketball player Turkoglu is. We have been reminded of that fact repeatedly over the first week of the season, as the 32 year old veterans varied talents have been on display. Running the Magics offense in the half-court. Attacking the basket in pick and rolls with Dwight Howard. Knocking down pull-up jumpers and step back threes. Using his 610 length to effectively defend opposing forwards. Turk has an impressive overall package of basketball skills and ins...
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