Orlando’s 8-game preseason schedule features four home games including a date with Brazilian team Flamengo, Stan Van Gundy and the Pistons, Dwight Howard and the Rockets and Jameer Nelson and the Mavericks. Orlando will also travel to Miami and Charlotte and play a game against Philadelphia at a yet-to-be-determined location.
The Magic open their preseason slate Oct. 7 in Miami in the first of three road games to kick off the season. Orlando will travel to Indiana on Oct. 10 and Charlotte on Oct. 13.
Then, in perhaps the most interesting game of the preseason, Orlando plays Brazilian club Flamengo on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. Flamengo features former NBA players Marcus Vinicius and Walter Hermann and won the Brazilian Basketball League’s championship last year with a 78-73 win over Atletico Paulistano.
The Magic have opened up the Brazilian market, trying to take advantage of the large number of Brazilian residents living in Orlando. Brazilian flags were often found waving at the Amway Center as the team focused on creating ticket packages to sell to Brazilian tourists visiting Orlando in the winter months (Brazil’s summer). Expect this emphasis and focus to continue as the Magic go through their rebuild and beyond. The Magic have reportedly asked the NBA to put them on future trips to Brazil for exhibition games (the Heat and Cavaliers are going this year).
Orlando’s other three preseason games hold intrigue too.
Stan Van Gundy makes his first trip to the Amway Center as an opposing coach of the Detroit Pistons on Oct. 17. Dwight Howard leads the Houston Rockets into town on Oct. 22. And Jameer Nelson will be in town with the Mavericks on Oct. 24.
Orlando’s regular season tips off in New Orleans on Oct. 28 with the home opener coming against Washington on Oct. 30.