Recapping Magic’s offseason and Summer League with The Lottery Mafia

If you do not follow James Plowright and Nick Denning with The Lottery Mafia, you are missing out. They do a great job covering the forgotten teams in the NBA — namely the ones in the Lottery.

I had the opportunity to join their podcast once again to recap the Magic’s offseason so far and the goings on at the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League.

Be sure to check out all their great podcasts and posts over at The Lottery Mafia.

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Magic could be getting new alternate uniforms, new Holiday unis too

The Magic could be in line to get new “pride” uniforms from adidas next season, according to an image leaked to UniWatch. The ‘pride’ uniforms would be similar to the “Rip City” uniforms in Portland or “Motor City” uniforms in Detroit. The design is not released yet and not included in the catalog so it […]

Magic granted one dream, crushed another for Britton Johnsen

“[Britton] Johnsen’s performance in the summer helped him make the Magic roster. He started three games, including a season-opening win over New York. Johnsen was anticipating his return home in mid-November to face the Jazz as his triumphant moment, having made it in the NBA after the disappointing end of his college career.

‘His whole life, he wanted to play at the Delta Center,’ said his wife, Lindsey.

But that afternoon in Los Angeles, Magic coach Doc Rivers — whom Johnsen greatly admires to this day — told Johnsen he was being waived. (Orlando signed guard Derrick Dial to replace him.) His wife met him at a downtown hotel, launching “an hour of tears,” by Johnsen’s account, before they joined in a long-planned, subdued party at his childhood home.”

Kurt Kragthorpe of The Salt Lake Tribune

Johnsen is most famous for his Summer League dunk over LeBron James in front of a packed TD Waterhouse Centre crowd (the arena was opened up specifically for James’ first game). Johnsen appeared in 20 games for the Magic in the 2004 season, averaging 2.1 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in 14.5 minutes per game. That included four starts including a start on opening night in New York.

Johnsen now works several jobs in Utah including working for the Jazz’s radio pregame and postgame shows.

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A Q&A at Victor Oladipo’s basketball camp

On Saturday, July 12, Victor Oladipo hosted his first ever basketball camp at RDV Sportsplex. In two separate sessions, kids from 7-11 years old and 12-17 years old worked on their basketball skills with Oladipo playing along and helping out. The kids got the chance to ask Oladipo questions about playing in the NBA and […]

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Where will Aaron Gordon find his offense?

There was no denying when the Magic selected Aaron Gordon that his offense would be a major project. It was easily recognizable from his stats in college — 12.4 points per game, 49.5 percent field goal shooting, 42.2 percent free throw shooter. For someone who prided himself on getting to the basket, some of those […]

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Chemistry rekindled between Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton

In the hubbub of Draft night, Aaron Gordon did not actually get the chance to follow the picks as they came down. Usually after picks get selected and go up to the stage to shake Adam Silver’s hand, there is a whirlwind of media obligations and photos that get completed before the night is threw […]

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Magic springboard out of Summer League

It is sometimes far too easy to overthink these Summer League games. They are, after all, just exhibition games between NBA rookies and young players and players on the fringes of the NBA, trying to scratch out a career, in front of only the most diehard of basketball fans and employees. The results do not […]

What if Magic were an all-local team?

With LeBron James returning to Cleveland and announcing he was “going home,” Joseph Milrod of Elite Daily got wondering what would teams look like if they were only full of home-grown products.

I have to say, Orlando’s teams are not going to be the greatest thing to see on the floor. There are no All Stars and there are question marks at point guard (Austin Rivers), power forward (Amar’e Stoudemire) and center (Marreese Speights).

Sigh, if only it were 2002 and we could claim Tracy McGrady.

Talking Magic Summer League with Tuck & O’Neill

Earlier this week, I joined Tuck & O’Neill on Sports Talk Florida 1080 AM in Orlando to talk about the Magic’s Summer League and the Magic’s future in free agency this year.

I discussed the progression of Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton, reviewed the Magic’s reported free agent signings and the general direction of the team and where the Magic might be in the progress.

Click the link to hear my spot with Tuck & O’Neill.

Tuck and O’Neill talks to OrlandoMagicDaily.com’s Phillip Rossman-Reich about how Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton have looked so far this week at Orlando Summer League this week. Rossman-Reich shares his observations on what he has seen from the Magic this week. Rossman-Reich breaks down what he has seen from Aaron Gordon this week and playing the small forward position. Is the small forward position the right position for Gordon? Does he have a position? Rossman-Reich shares his thoughts on that as well as his thoughts on what he has seen from Elfrid Payton this week.

Magic could begin extension talk with Vucevic, Harris in Sept.

“The Orlando Magic likely will begin talking with Nik Vucevic’s representatives about a potential contract extension for the 23-year-old center around Labor Day, according to an industry source familiar with team officials’ thinking. Vucevic and forward Tobias Harris are eligible for extensions, and the Magic also are likely to discuss a possible extension with Harris’ agent around Labor Day.”

Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel

If an extension is not reached before October 31, 2014, both Harris and Vucevic would become restricted free agents for the summer of 2015. It is not clear what either would get in free agency at this point, but that market analysis will surely be part of the Magic’s calculations when they get to the negotiating table.

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