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
Mark Cuban warned about the precedent that was set when Adam Silver expelled Donald Sterling from the NBA and forced him to sell the Los Angeles Clippers. When the next racist comment came out, the penalty was swift and accepted by the perpetrator. There was no fighting it. Things got worse when news broke of what […]
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 […]
“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.”
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 […]
Magic players are likely already back in town and beginning to work out together a few weeks ahead of training camp at the end of the month. The simmering of the season coming up is near. There will not be a whole lot more traveling going on from these guys. There was plenty of that […]
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.
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.”
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.”