Ryan Anderson declares ‘Space Jam’ best basketball movie

Forget about Michael Jordan for a bit. Bill Murray is the deciding factor for Ryan Anderson. Space Jam is the greatest basketball movie of all time according to the New Orleans Pelicans forward, upsetting Hoosiers on its way to a championship. Even though Anderson himself is a white man who cannot jump (his words, not […]

Report: Magic support Draft Lottery reform


“The Orlando Magic support a proposal to reform the NBA Draft Lottery in which the teams with the four worst overall records would have nearly identical chances to win the top overall pick, according to an industry source with knowledge of the Magic’s thinking.”

Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel

The reported recent proposal would even out the odds for the four worst teams in the league and then hold a lottery to determine the first six spots in the NBA Draft. The idea is for this to prevent “tanking” and teams from purposefully racing to the bottom to nab a top pick. Of course, having one of the three worst records would still guarantee the best odds at getting the top pick but it may no longer guarantee a top-four pick.

As Robbins notes, the Magic are likely moving away from their bottom-feeding days and looking to advance as a team and so winning the lottery is less a priority than it might have been the last two seasons.


Magic working to shrink the learning curve in win over Flamengo

Elfrid Payton was pushed, prodded and examined heavily in his first home preseason game. A little adversity is not going to do the rookie any wrong. It will certainly help the Magic as any adversity and challenge in the preseason would. Payton though has been the rookie living a bit of a charmed life. Columnists […]

Magic Wands: vs. Flamengo

Orlando, Fla.

(0-1) vs. (2-1)   
Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSFlorida
Line: No Line
Tickets: $5-$310 on TiqIQ
Season Series: Tonight in Orlando (Preseason)

Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Flamengo 100.6 87.4 99.4
43.5 20.5 23.9 44.9
Orlando 101.7 98.7

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Time for a mid-preseason mailbag!

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Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

I said I would be trying to do these every few weeks, and I was not lying!

We are at the halfway point of the preseason (almost) and it seems like high time for a mailbag. So send me your Magic questions, thoughts and curiosities. I would love to hear from you!

You can reach me by responding on Twitter at @OMagicDaily or e-mail me your questions at omagicdaily@gmail.com. I will try to sort through the mailbag and answer your questions by the middle of next week. So until then. . . send me your questions!

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The cliches, and an identity emerge despite Magic loss

The preseason is not a time to worry too much about wins and losses. It is not a time to freak out too much about late-game execution. There are funky lineups out there and lots of experimenting going on. Jannero Pargo scored 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting in the final quarter and Al Jefferson was […]

Magic Wands: at Hornets

Charlotte, N.C.

(2-0) vs. (1-1)   
Time/TV: 7 p.m./No TV
Line: No Line
Tickets: $5-$5,167 on TiqIQ
Season Series: Tonight in Charlotte (Preseason); Nov. 21 in Charlotte; Dec. 27 in Charlotte; Jan. 3 in Orlando; March 1 in Orlando

Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Orlando 102.4 99.6 96.2
49.7 23.0 14.2 30.6
Charlotte 99.1 96.4 96.6 45.6 21.5 11.5

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Pace the early focus for Magic

It was easy to look at the Magic’s young roster and predict pace would be an important part of the team’s offense. The media (yes, I am looking at me) pegged the team already as one that would get up and down the floor and try to run at every opportunity. With guards like Victor […]

Previewing the Southeast and Southwest Division

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Southeast Division

Atlanta Hawks: Peachtree Hoops
Charlotte Hornets: At The Hive
Miami Heat: Hot Hot Hoops
Orlando Magic: Orlando Pinstriped Post | Orlando Magic Daily
Washington Wizards: Bullets Forever

Southwest Division

Dallas Mavericks: Mavs Moneyball
Houston Rockets: The Dream Shake
Memphis Grizzlies: Grizzly Bear Blues
New Orleans Pelicans: The Bird Writes
San Antonio Spurs: Pounding the Rock

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‘Pure Magic’ delivers t-shirts to 20,000 in Orlando

Magic season is right around the corner and single game tickets for the first half of the season (through Jan. 3) went on sale Friday. With the Magic at 2-0 (did you get your half-off Papa John’s Wednesday and Saturday?), there is at least some reason to get excited for opening night Oct. 30 against […]

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Three thoughts after the Magic’s 96-93 win over the Pacers

The Magic improved to 2-0 in the preseason with another road with with plenty of positives to go along with a few things the team needs to improve on. That is what you would expect in the second preseason game. A 99-96 win over the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday saw the Magic […]

Magic Wands: at Pacers

Score Off. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Orlando 96
14.2 24.4
Indiana 93 94.1 43.8 15.2 12.3 33.3

Indianapolis, Ind.

(1-0) vs. (1-0)   
Time/TV: 7 p.m./No TV
Line: No Line
Tickets: $2-$170 on TiqIQ
Season Series: Tonight in Indianapolis (Preseason); Nov. 28 in Indianapolis; Jan. 25 in Orlando; March 10 in Indianapolis

Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Orlando 96.1 101.8 98.2
49.4 26.5 14.3 36.4
Indiana 99.8 103.2 89.5 50.6 16.7 12.2

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Dwight Howard’s return one of the top 5 most expensive games on the Magic schedule

The Orlando Magic have been in full-blown rebuilding mode ever since trading franchise cornerstone Dwight Howard away. They still seem to be putting the finishing touches on their climb up, but the 2014-15 season could finally begin to yield some positive results. Orlando has a ton of exciting young talent, including 2013 first round pick […]

ESPN ignores Magic in Magic-Heat highlights?

When we watched the Magic defeat the Heat in overtime we saw a whole lot of this:

Right? Fair highlights of players on both teams with the Magic pulling it out in the end.

Well, apparently those who wanted Magic news on ESPN’s SportsCenter did not see much Magic. From Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel:

If that wasn’t enough negativity, there was this diss by ESPN (anchors John Buccigross and Jay Harris were on the set) on Tuesday night after the Magic beat the Miami Heat in a preseason overtime game.

The network only showed highlights by the Heat, who were playing at home for the first time without LeBron James.

Buccigross: “Brother can’t get a Magic highlight?”

Harris: “No, no, no.”

Send your letters of anger to Bristol, Connecticut.

Harris, seconds later: “I bet everybody in Orlando is going to be mad at me.”

Buccigross: “And they should be. That’s bad journalism.”