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Magic open 2015 season in New Orleans

The Magic will open their 2014-15 season in New Orleans against Anthony Davis and the Pelicans on Oct. 28, the NBA and the Magic announced Wednesday. The team will then return home to play the Wizards on Oct. 30 at Amway Center (a rare non-TNT Thursday night game, by the way). As expected, Orlando is not featured […]


Nikola Vucevic continues rebounding mastery

Nikola Vucevic is a growing player. If it were not for a series of injuries that knocked him out of 25 games, who knows what kind of season we would be talking about from Vucevic. The second-year center is an extreme bright spot for the Magic. He is a capable offensive player with a solid […]

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Magic are still long shots to make the Playoffs

Note: the information in this post is meant for entertainment purposes only. Gamble at your own risk. But you might want to put a dollar down on the Magic. What could it hurt? The Magic are near the bottom of the barrel for odds to win the 2015 NBA Championship. Orlando is running right now […]

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Original team maintains its bond

The 25th Anniversary season has come and gone pretty quickly. Maybe there were points when fans wanted it to go quicker with the way the 23-win season progressed. It certainly was not the 25th anniversary season the Magic envisioned when they probably began making plans for the Silver Anniversary Season. It is what it is. […]

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About inbounding

It happened again and again. One instance in a home game against the Raptors on March 30 at Amway Center. The Magic were down three points and had a chance to tie the game. Make a play to give themselves a chance to win. And they dropped the ball. Not really. Orlando did not even […]

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Elfrid Payton makes it easy

The Magic needed a point guard. So the logic has gone for some time now. As Jameer Nelson got older and it was clear the franchise was moving in a different direction, Orlando needed to find a replacement. Nelson was a great player for the Magic. He was always more scorer than distributor though. Not […]

2009 Playoffs Video Vault

April 26, 2009: Eastern Conference First Round Game 4 — Orlando Magic 84, Philadelphia 76ers 81 Basketball-Reference . . . Orlando Magic Daily May 14, 2009: Eastern Confrence Semifinals Game 6 — Orlando Magic 83, Boston Celtics 75 Orlando Magic Daily . . . Basketball-Reference May 17, 2009: Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 7 — […]

1996 Playoffs Video Vault

May 8, 1996: NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 1 — Orlando Magic 117, Atlanta Hawks 105 Orlando Sentinel . . . Basketball-Reference May 12, 1996: NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 3 — Orlando Magic 103, Atlanta Hawks 96 Orlando Sentinel . . . Basketball-Reference May 13, 1996: NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals Game […]

1994-95 Season Video Vault

December 16, 1994: Orlando Magic 131, Golden State Warriors 128 Orlando Sentinel . . . Basketball-Reference February 26, 1995: Orlando Magic 105, Chicago Bulls 103 Orlando Sentinel . . . Basketball-Reference {youtube}5MYRFEPLpyo{/youtube} March 12, 1995: Orlando Magic 110, San Antonio Spurs 104 Orlando Sentinel . . . Basketball-Reference March 24, […]

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NBA rookies favor Elfrid Payton over Aaron Gordon

The NBA rookies gathered in New York this past weekend for the annual rookie symposium and meetings along with the fan-favorite Panini American trading card photo shoot. There were a lot of fun videos coming out of that and we got to see some of the incredible personalities from this rookie class — including Magic […]


Devyn Marble can do it all, or so he claims

Aside from Big Ten geeks like me, you are excused for not knowing Roy Devyn Marble before draft night. Really before the Magic pulled off the Arron Afflalo trade and acquired the 56th pick and Evan Fournier from the Nuggets, the Magic had no second round pick and no reason to pay attention to the […]

Magic over/under with Orlando Magic Stuff

O/U: Maurice Harkless Shoots 40% From Beyond The Three-Point Arc.

Philip Rossman-Reich: Under. Harkless is still improving as a 3-point shooter. He clearly got better as the season went on last year to finish at 38.3 percent. He needs to become a better 3-point shooter to stick in this league. But shooting is not his strong suit. Seeing him get to that 40 percent mark seems mythical. In fact, it would not surprise me to see Harkless’ 3-point shooting percentage decrease because he takes more attempts and takes them more confidently. He may never reach that mythical 40 percent number, he just has to be a threat from beyond the arc and make them when they count. We will probably see more of that this year.

Check out the rest of my answers over at Orlando Magic Stuff.

D-League continues its growth

“Peyton Siva surprised a lot of people when he agreed to sign with the Magic.

For one thing, the Magic already had a full roster of 15 players (all on guaranteed contracts). And while Orlando has not been shy about dumping players that do not fit the team’s plans before their contracts run out, investing in a young player on a full roster seemed shaky.

Then the news came out from Marcus Spears of Yahoo! Sports that Siva was signing what amounted to a minor-league contract. Siva would join the Magic for the preseason, would then be waived before the season begins and then play the season in the D-League while the Magic would retain his rights. You would assume he would then be in the lead position to sign with the team next season.

It was a strange arrangement for a player who has had some effective time in the NBA (24 games for the Pistons last year and 12.9 points per game in 12 appearances for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the D-League). But it is also an arrangement which shows that the D-League is continuing to gain force and stature among NBA hopefuls.

The D-League is becoming more than just a viable option, but a real place to learn about playing the game professionally and developing skills.”

Philip Rossman-Reich, Crossover Chronicles

Jameer Nelson reflects on Magic rebuild

“OS: You mentioned that the Magic’s rebuilding was tough. What was the toughest part about it?

[Jameer] Nelson: Losing. Like I said, I want to win. I was hoping things got better the second year — a little better — and it didn’t, unfortunately. But it is what is. The Magic are going to have a lot of young talent that’s going to take a lot of time, or take some time, to develop. I just felt like I didn’t have enough time left in my career to sit there and wait for the development stages to process.

OS: Even though the Magic struggled badly the last two years, you posted the two best assist-per-game numbers of your career. Does that encourage you?

Nelson: We had some talent. We had some talented guys and we had some smart guys. So we all figured out together what we needed to do to at least be competitive. And that’s what we were. We were a very, very competitive team, no matter if we were up by 30 or down by 30. I learned guys’ sweet spots, and guys learned where I like to pass the ball from and like to make plays from. That allowed guys to create offense and generate things. . . . The thing I’ve been really trying to work on is my shooting. I’m a good shooter. I have a lot of confidence in my shooting. I’ll take the big shot; I’m not scared to [take the big shot] on the big stage. I just feel like at times I had to take certain shots that I wouldn’t have to take on a team that was winning and a team that had a couple more veterans on there.”

Jameer Nelson to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel