Jacque Vaughn: Magic will have four or five of your favorite players

It’s been two years of rebuilding now after the Dwight Howard era and five years since Orlando played the Finals against the Lakers. I guess the Magic fans expect a step forward this season.

JV: Overall, our group has been extremely patient and the people of Orlando have been extremely patient and we appreciate that. When we set out on this journey, we talked about it. We wanted a product that was going to be sustainable for a lot of years to come. We got great young guys around us and they are going to get better. This is a team that is going to have four or five of your favorite players. You’re not going to have just one favorite player. Good things are ahead for us. We have versatility with this group. I’ll be able to play a lot of different lineups and I’m looking forward to that. That’s exciting for me as a coach.

[Raul Barrigon of HoopsHype]

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Waiting for 3-point stabilization

The one thing the Magic know they will have to get better at this season is 3-point shooting. Offenses in the NBA are built around the 3-point shot now thanks to the analytics movement and with so many player on the team now who drive the ball — think Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton — […]

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So, how about Luke Ridnour?

Ever since the Magic began this rebuild, and maybe even before that into the 2010 season when the Magic were fighting for a title, the question of who the Magic’s point guard would be hung over the franchise. Some may have been left over spite from fans who felt Jameer Nelson came back too soon […]

Victor Oladipo on being a good leader

Victor Oladipo is expected to become a leader in this, his second season. Photo by Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Victor Oladipo is expected to become a leader in this, his second season. Photo by Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

“I think what makes a good leader is the ability to not only lead but listen. Listen to what everybody else has to say, their opinions, and then giving yours and coming up with a solution. That’s the biggest thing about being a leader, and those are the things I’m trying to acquire and learn.”

James Herbert of CBSSports.com

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Evan Fournier, France opens World Cup play Saturday

Well, we are finally here. The FIBA World Cup gives us competitive, high-level basketball starting Saturday in Spain. Team USA is in the relatively tame Group C. Even without Kevin Durant and Paul George, the U.S. is expected to win the World Cup. The roster is heavily reliant on its fast break and 3-point shooting […]

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ESPN projections: Magic still bottom feeders

As if the ESPN panel was not enough to let us know the Magic will likely sink to the bottom of the Eastern Conference again, a statistical projection from Bradford Doolittle of ESPN Insider has the Magic playing the Lottery again. “Both SCHOENE and RPM are in agreement about the Magic and Sixers, though it […]

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Learning defense

Defense is not easy to learn when you are young. Players can have all the physical tools, but it is rare to see a young player come in and be a great defender. Individually or as a team. The speed and strength of the players are more than just a single step above college. It […]

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Magic name D-League coach

The Magic are embarking on a new journey this year with their first year under the hybrid relationship with the Erie BayHawks of the D-League. This is the growing trend for the parent NBA team to control all basketball operations for a D-League team that would have a direct one-to-one relationship with its parent club. […]

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Victor Oladipo’s growth potential

There is very little going on in Magic world right now as we await for the conclusion of the FIBA World Cup and the beginning of training camp at the end of September. That gives us about a month to kill. And a month to look earnestly into the future. The Magic future for the […]

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Magic to begin development of entertainment complex after this season

The Magic will turn their attention to the proposed Amway Center entertainment district at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, Richard Bilbao of Orlando Business Journal reports. The Magic are still in the process of buying up the land across the street from Amway Center for their proposed entertainment district which will feature shops, restaurants, […]

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How did Andrew Nicholson do on Team Canada tour?

No, Canada did not qualify for the FIBA World Cup this year. A disappointing finish at last summer’s Tournament of the Americas prevented the team from making the trip to Spain at the end of the month. It was still a critical summer for the growing basketball country. Even with NBA players Andrew Wiggins and Anthony […]

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A humongous year for Maurice Harkless

When we start talking about what we expect from the Magic this year, there is a very nebulous response. At this point, it seems the expectation is not necessarily the Playoffs. Those would be nice and not a detriment to the plan, at least as how we perceive it. The expectation is to start winning […]

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A second chance for Ben Gordon

There was a time when Ben Gordon struck fear into opponents’ hearts. He won Sixth Man of the Year in 2005. He was stellar in the 2009 Playoffs, averaging 24.3 points per game and 37.0 percent shooting from beyond the arc. In that crazy series, Gordon fed it with big shot after big shot for […]

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