Orlando Magic Daily Podcast Episode 24: The season is nigh

The winter summer of our discontent is nearly over. The NBA returns with training camps opening in two weeks. We CANNOT wait.

The Magic’s players have finished their international duties and many are probably lurking around the back rooms of Amway Center while Demi Lovato and Cirque Du Soleil’s Varekai come through. The sneakers will still be squeaking and balls bouncing as the season comes up very very quickly.

The Magic have a very interesting season coming up here in Year Three of this pretty major rebuild after the big Dwight Howard trade. The Magic might have ended up winning that trade, but the team is still far from making the Playoffs and far from winning a title.

On this episode of the Orlando Magic Daily Podcast, we are joined by Zach Oliver of Presto in the Paint to take a look at some of the overarching themes we will be following this year.

Here are some of the topics we touched on:

  • Expectations for rookies Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton
  • The versatility present on the roster and where these players fit in and what their roles might be
  • Where the offense will come from this year for the Magic
  • What to expect from the Magic’s newcomers this year and what they add to the team
  • The extension status for Nikola Vucevic and his worth
  • Where the Magic stand in their rebuild and what they need to accomplish this year
  • A strange non sequitur to Shawn Kemp’s glorious year in Orlando
  • Expectations for the team this year
  • Whether winning is even important this year with the young players taking control
  • The Magic’s potential to get better and who might be available if they opt to go the trade route
  • Some quick thoughts on the 2015 Draft
  • The four players invited to training camp and their chances of making the roster
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Magic invite four to camp, all likely headed to D-League

The Magic are preparing to round out their training camp roster, and maybe add a few more to the Erie BayHawks while they are at it. Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel reports the Magic will invite Summer League roster invitees Seth Curry and Kadeem Betts along with previously announced signing Peyton Siva to the […]

Evan Fournier: Clearly I turned a corner

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Photo via FIBA

“Clearly I turned a corner, I learned from a lot of veterans, the coach, about the FIBA ​​game because it’d been three years and I had not played. The last time was in 2011 with the U-20 team. I am very happy to have been part of this World Cup and it will serve me for the NBA this year.”

–Evan Fournier to France Pierron of Menu Sport in France after Les Bleus’ bronze medal finish

[Adam Papageorgiou, Magic Basketball Online]

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Be on the look out for Mag_c downtown

It is not quite replacing the ‘a’ with a star — which the M☆gic need to do with their logo IMMEDIATELY — but the Magic will be helping fans and engaging with fans in a new way in preparation for the season. Matthew Broffman of Bungalower reports the Magic will be installing a 6.5-feet-tall, 28-feet-wide […]

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How do we build up atmosphere at Amway Center?

Orlando City’s final USL Pro season came to a disheartening and disappointing end Saturday night as the eighth-seeded Harrisburg City Islanders upset the regular season champions and ended a long-standing home unbeaten streak that spans the entire 2013 season at Disney’s Wide World of Sports and much of the 2012 season at the Citrus Bowl. Orlando […]

Evan Fournier, France win bronze medal at FIBA World Cup

Evan Fournier played in only 16 minutes, scoring four points off four free throws and missing all four of his shots.

That is probably not what he will remember from this game or from this tournament. France defeated Lithuania 95-93 to secure the bronze medal. This game was all about Boris Diaw, who scored 15 points, Nicolas Batum, who had 27 points, and about France’s 31-22 fourth quarter. Before the third quarter it looked like Jonas Valanciunas and Lithuania would pull away and secure the medal.

France though just appears to have Lithuania’s number.

Les Bleus defeated Lithuania in last summer’s Eurobasket final.

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Tobias Harris wants to stay in Orlando

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Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

“Obviously, I want to be here. … I love the fans, the city of Orlando and the guys. Management knows I want to be here. It’s the perfect situation for me.”

–Tobias Harris on his pending extension negotiations and the possibility of entering restricted free agency at the end of the season.

[Brian Schmitz, Orlando Sentinel]

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Magic court ranks 11th in Grantland power rankings

We are officially in the deadest part of the season as everyone awaits the beginning of training camp at the end of the month. We really need something to talk about. So, thank you Zach Lowe of Grantland for giving us an official power rankings of the NBA’s floor designs, one of the few sources […]

Adonal Foyle on rebuilding

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I think that the folks who play or have played the game have a different perspective on this than people who don’t or haven’t. Now I don’t want to speak for an organization that I’m not involved in, but I’d say that in my experience, people who believe that somehow you’re going to get the next Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, or Tim Duncan from the draft are the teams that usually wait for a very long time at the bottom of the ladder. There are numerous opportunities in basketball to create teams that are successful, and you have to involve all of the matrix, every option and possibility that you have to take the team to the next level. If you believe that you’re just going to wait it out through the draft, I just think that’s not the way to do it coming from someone who has played this game. There are too many players that may or may not pan out– you have to use the whole plethora of resources available to you to help rebuild a franchise.”

–Former Magic center Adonal Foyle as told to Jake Smith of Orlando Magic Stuff

Be sure to read the full interview with Foyle. He touches on how Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith built a culture that led to the Magic’s meteoric rise and his experience as a member of the front office during Dwight Howard’s final year.

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Chauncey Billups, greatest Magic killer, retires

When the Magic acquired Chauncey Billups in February 2000, he was hurt. There was no chance he was ever going to suit up in a Magic uniform. Not a chance. That was the Heart and Hustle year. The Magic just wanted to clear cap and Billups was nothing more than an expiring contract. Orlando shipped […]

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Zoran Dragic interested in Magic?

Slovenian star forward Zoran Dragic is eyeing a move to the NBA, the league where his brother Goran Dragic is a burgeoning star with the Suns. Dragic has a October 5 buyout deadline with Unicaja Malaga and, according Sham Charania of Real GM, has four serious suitors. Those would be the Spurs, the Heat, the […]

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ESPN: Magic’s future dimmer

Every so often, ESPN comes out with their Future Power Rankings. They empanel a few of their writers to assess the team’s current state, but also its management, drafting and its future. This is where Magic fans should, if everything has gone right, see a bright future for the Magic. Entering the 2015 season though, […]

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Magic add Jay Hernandez to coaching staff

The Magic have made a new addition to their coaching staff Tuesday, naming Jay Hernandez as an assistant coach of player development. “We are extremely excited to add Jay (Hernandez) and his family to the Orlando Magic,” coach Jacque Vaughn said in a press release.  “Jay will bring a tireless work ethic and dedication to development […]

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