Magic Click In Second Half

If you wanted more of the same mediocrity and lethargy that you saw Sunday night, the first half would be your lesson for that. The Magic opened the game missing their first 12 shots and were down 12-0 midway through the first quarter. It was the same frustrating play. There were lots of missed open […]

Glen Davis/Ryan Anderson Is Battle To Watch

Stan Van Gundy said he is not going to use the young players in order to make sure his starters are ready to go Sunday evening for the season opener in Oklahoma City. The coach said he is riding his veterans pretty hard in practice and that has enabled some young guys — like rookie […]

Van Gundy Coaching The Team He Has

Every day brings a new rumor. Monday brought reports out of Los Angeles that a Dwight Howard-to-New Jersey deal was set for completion Tuesday. Tuesday came and went without a deal. Things were relatively quiet at the Amway Center as the team put together a spirited practice that Stan Van Gundy called the best of […]

Magic Search For Consistency In Camp

With all the talk of Orlando’s 3-point shooters and the discussion of Orlando’s lack of a go-to perimeter scorer, it is easy to forget sometimes that this is a team built on defense. The one thing Stan Van Gundy has been able to do most sucessfully is turn the Magic into one of the best […]

What Does Dwight REALLY Want? Part 2: The Destination

Everyone is going to have to resist the temptation to analyze every word and syllable Dwight Howard says and to overanalyze every game that is played. The whispers of Dwight Howard putting on a poor offensive show in Sunday’s preseason loss to the Heat began before the game had even ended. That notion is completely […]

Listless Magic Fall In Miami

In a few months, we may look back at tonight’s 118-81 loss to Miami and think it was just a preseason game, a sign that the team was still working back into shape after a truncated offseason. In a few months, we may look back at this 118-81 loss to Miami and think of it […]

Magic Wands: at Heat 12/18

Score Time Left Off. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TOR FTR Orlando 85 Final 88.0 42.4 14.9 13.5 22.8 Miami 118 Pace: 95 123.6 63.3 7.7 11.3 30.7 Follow us at @OMagicDaily! Miami, Fla. (0-0) vs. (0-0)   Time/TV: 6 p.m./FSFloridaLine: No LineTickets: $23-$267 on TiqIQSeason Series: Tonight in Miami; Dec. 21 in Orlando; Feb. 8 in Orlando; […]

What Does Dwight REALLY Want? Part 1: Uneasiness With Fans

There was a somewhat awkward moment during Saturday’s open practice. At the end, Stan Van Gundy gathered his team together for some final words and told them Dwight Howard would say a few words and then they would be free to go, depending on what the media relations staff needed them to do. Howard slowly […]

Magic Re-Sign Earl Clark And Free Practice Thoughts

Earlier this week the Magic re-signed Earl Clark to a two year deal worth a reported $2 million. Orlando acquired Clark in the Jason Richardson/Hedo Turkoglu deal last December but struggled to crack the rotation. He played in only 33 games and scored 4.1 points per game and grabbed 2.5 rebounds per game (12.3 points […]

Never-Ending NBA Preview: Moving On

The NBA season is upon us… or at least it would be if this lockout had not lasted so long. The NBA season is only one week away, and the flurry of moves to make up for our lost offseason are already in progress. And, boy, are they in progress. So, with that in mind, […]

Can Glen Davis Fill The Horace Grant Role?

One of the few good things about the lockout has been NBATV. Not their sometimes one-sided coverage of the lockout. That was sometimes painful to sit through. I am talking about the hours of old NBA games the network aired. Sun Sports joined the fun in airing Magic Classics, a set of classic games mostly […]

Improving Hedo Turkoglu

During a long summer of uncertainty, it was very clear two players needed to be better for the Magic to get over the hump and become the team it had the potential to become. Gilbert Arenas was a complete mystery. He certainly is not as bad as he played last year and, with reports that […]

Stan Van Gundy And An Uncertain Future

Nothing is certain for the Magic right now. Nothing. The whole roster is in flux, the whole front office seems in flux. Nobody knows what is going to happen. That makes Stan Van Gundy‘s job that much harder. How do you coach a team that nobody is quite sure will exist tomorrow? How do you […]

Magic Masters Quarterfinals: 1996 vs. 2008

Magic Masters is Orlando Magic Daily’s attempt to recognize the best in Magic history. In this edition, we are trying to rank the best teams in Magic history. To see the full tournament bracket, visit the introduction page. Today, we continue the quarterfinals: The 1996 team has gone largely unappreciated in Magic lore. Like the 2010 […]