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 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.
“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.
The NBA season is upon us and USA TODAY is rolling out their NBA Watchability Rankings.
Despite the addition of high-flying rookies Elfrid Payton and Aaron Gordon, the young Magic come in at 26th. Here is why Adi Joseph thinks you should be watching the Magic:
“Vucci Mane”: Only two players in the NBA have averaged 11 rebounds a game and shot 50% from the field each of the past two seasons: Howard and Vucevic. The Montenegrin big man has quickly emerged as one of the toughest big men in the NBA, and his offensive skills have improved every step of the way. He could be primed for a big year, and his nickname is one of the best.
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 […]
“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.
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
“I’ve been working to get my confidence back and I’m working again on what got me in the league in the first place. I’m just trying to get back inside. I did a lot of (outside) shooting last season. I want to get back where I’ve had success before.”
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 […]
“This is the season where we should be able to form a much better understanding over whether the people calling the shots in Orlando really know what they’re doing. There have been some positive things that have happened over the course of the last two years, even though there isn’t many wins to show for it. If a major jump toward night in and night out competitiveness isn’t made this season, it’s time to evaluate whether the right head coach and general manager are in place to see this rebuilding project through to where it needs to go. On the court, the spotlight is going to be firmly on Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucevic, who are coming up on the end of their rookie contracts. They’re going to want a lot of money in order to sign an extension early, but Magic ownership is going to be less inclined to open up their checkbook if they don’t see the playoffs in sight for 2015-2016. Their division is loaded this season, so anything more than a last place finish is going to be a very encouraging sign about the future. Even if they do end up in the cellar again, though, as long as there’s significant improvement, that’s all that matters.”
The crew over at Basketball Insiders has the Magic winning anywhere from 22-31 wins. So, that should tell you how difficult it is to call what this team can do this year. Three more weeks until training camp opens!
Yes, it is the dead time of the season. But I am always happy to add to the Video Vault.
What is the Video Vault? It is a fun part of the site where we cull YouTube and the Internet for any and every Magic game video we can find for your enjoyment.
The latest edition is above comes to us from Adam Papageorgiou of Orlando Magic Greek and is a classic March 1995 matchup between the Magic and the Bulls shortly after Michael Jordan made his return to the league. Enjoy!
Be sure to check out the other videos from the 1994-95 season in the Vault!
Yes, that is Evan Fournier going coast-to-coast and drawing the foul in Saturday’s 69-64 win for France over Croatia.
Fournier actually played a big role. After struggling in the early part of the tournament, Fournier has started to put together some very good games. His last four games have seen him average 11.0 points per game and score 13 points in each of the last two games.
Fournier had 13 points in France’s round of 16 win. He came in at the beginning of the second quarter with France down 15-7. He had a team-best +16 in his play Saturday and earned his way to a starting spot for the second half.
He was very key and his coach, Vincent Collet, told John Schumann of NBA.com, Fournier is still finding his groove and learning basketball and how not to force things.
This is all part of the building for the 21-year-old guard. This opportunity in Orlando is a big one for him and his career. It is a fresh start. Hopefully a chance for him to get some consistent minutes and improve.
I was really felling that basketball withdrawal Friday as the FIBA World Cup took its first full day off to allow teams to travel for the Round of 16 and the beginning of the knockout stages. No one may have been watching. But that is OK the tournament goes on. Now things will really get interesting. […]