Magic Media Day Mailbag

Photo by Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Photo by Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Monday is Magic Media Day!

Get excited and be sure to follow us along on Twitter @OMagicDaily and by following the hashtag #MagicMediaDay as we will be at Amway Center for the first gathering of the Magic for the 2015 season as we kick off the year.

There are a lot of questions about this Magic team especially. This young squad is expected to take something of a step forward this year as the keys are turned over to the young core and the team has completely cleared the decks after the Dwight Howard trade.

Since all the Magic players will be answering questions all day Monday, I might as well take my turn in front of the mics, or keyboard.

So send me your Magic questions and e-mails for an Orlando Magic Daily Mailbag. I would love to answer your questions in more details than 140 characters.

Send me your questions via Twitter by tweeting at me @OMagicDaily or by e-mailing me at omagicdaily@gmail.com. Hopefully we can make this a regular feature throughout the season. I look forward to seeing what you all want to know!

Magic start 28th in ESPN Power Rankings

More power rankings will be coming out soon as the season gets set to start. With Media Day on Monday, we are all wondering where the Magic sit.

You get the feeling the analysis will be similar to the one offered by Marc Stein of ESPN.com.

Stein writes in ranking the Magic 28th in his preseason Power Rankings:

The new season starts with the same question asked here in April: Don’t the Magic, for all their youth, have to make some sort of step in 2014-15? The vet additions of note were modest — Channing Frye, Ben Gordon, Luke Ridnour — but it can’t be easy selling another win total in the 20s.”

Indeed, this is the big question for the Magic this year. One of the many questions I have been asked entering this season. It will be an overarching theme through the next few months. It is time to get going.

Rob Hennigan’s thoughts on upcoming season

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“I think it’s an important season for us in a lot of ways. We’ve spent the last couple of years building a foundation and a culture that we feel is a good basis to build from, and I think we’re now shifting into a phase of this building plan where we want to start to establish an identity on the floor. This is an important year to see growth and progress for us. We expect to see growth. At the same time, we need to remain disciplined and need to remain committed to our plan and committed to staying the course.”

–Rob Hennigan to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel

Photo by Fernando Medina/Orlando Magic

Magic launch ‘Pure Magic’ campaign

The Magic are prepping for the new season and have a new ad campaign to do it. The “We Will” motto that defined the last two years in the marketing circles has been replaced with the tagline “Pure Magic.” Let the team’s official release explain a bit more: “The Orlando Magic’s mission is to be […]

Alex Martins’ expectations for season

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“My expectation is that this would be a turn-the-corner type year. We’ve got a team that’s got the chance to be very good defensively, and we’ve got a team that’s so athletic, that we should be getting out and running quite a bit. So it’ll be an exciting brand of Orlando Magic basketball.

We do believe that this core group of young men will be with us for a long. period of time, and as they continue to play together for a long period of time, will be successful.”

Magic COO Alex Martins to Tom Johnson of My FOX Orlando

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The impatience of rebuilding

The Magic have made no secret that they plan to be competing for championships. Even as the team has sunk to the depths and won just 43 games in the last two years (the worst current two-year stretch in the league), the end goal has always been a championship. Every time Rob Hennigan or Alex Martins […]

NBA reviewing domestic violence policy

“We learn from other leagues’ experiences. We’re studying everything that’s been happening in the NFL. We’re working with our players’ association. We’ve been talking for several weeks and we’re going to take a fresh look at everything we do.

We have in place the appropriate mechanisms for discipline, although we’ll take a fresh look at those as well. But most importantly, it’s education, and it’s not just the players, but it’s the players’ families. That’s what we’re learning, too.

We have to take these programs directly to the players’ spouses, directly to their partners so that they’re aware of places they can go to express concerns, whether they’re anonymous hotlines, team executives, league executives. And we’re consulting experts. There’s a lot to be learned here. It’s a societal problem; it’s not one that’s unique to sports.”

NBA commissioner Adam Silver to Brian Mahoney of Associated Press

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Ben Gordon: Magic is chance at redemption

Ben Gordon's season in Charlotte turned into a disaster as his big contract ended. Photo by Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Gordon’s season in Charlotte turned into a disaster as his big contract ended. Photo by Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

“I definitely look at this [as an] opportunity to reestablish myself and definitely help with the younger group of guys and try to just share what I can with them on how to win.

“[My shot] never really went anywhere. It’s just a matter of being consistent, making sure your touch is always right and just trying to stay in a good rhythm.

“Hopefully, it’ll carry over into the season.”

Ben Gordon to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel

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Mining the Magic depth chart: Our first questions of 2015

Well, we are less than a week until the start of practice. It is time to dive into the 2015 season and start figuring out what the team is going to look like day-in and day-out. That part is a little tricky as we prep for training camp. With so much youth on the team, everyone […]

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The Finals regrets

To be an 0-0 is a wonderful thing. The hope of a successful season for 30 teams — yes, even the Sixers — lies in front of us as teams are gathering for media days and the beginning of training camp. While each team is in its own stage of redevelopment and its own stage […]

Seth Curry has the family name and the intrigue of fans. But can he crack the Magic's roster? Photo by Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Seth Curry shooting for a chance

No player during Summer League generated more questions and more interest than Seth Curry. The name alone is enough to draw a fan in and wonder what could be. Seth is not anywhere near as skilled a point guard or even as proficient a shooter as his older brother, Stephen. But he is still a […]

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Magic Wheels still rolling, still winning in more ways than one

I remember when I was in elementary school going to Magic games and maybe once or twice a year, the Magic Wheels would take the court and play an exhibition game as a halftime show. As a six- or seven-year-old kid, this idea of wheelchair basketball was astounding. How do you play basketball confined to […]

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The Nikola Vucevic conundrum

From the moment Nikola Vucevic proved to be a double-double machine, it became clear what the first big test for Rob Hennigan and his “Process” would be. How do you evaluate Nikola Vucevic’s worth? The whole — maybe not the whole, but a good chunk — of the Magic’s financial flexibility for the future and […]

NBA.com gives Magic offseason a ‘C’

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Photo by Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

“There is rebuilding, and then there is leveling the entire structure and starting from scratch. And while some teams, such as the Sixers, have seemed to be more inclined to the latter, the Magic are now reaching a point of critical mass, where all the assets need to stop translating into promise and instead transform into wins.

GM Rob Hennigan and Vaughn are starting their third season in Orlando, and while Orlando may not be quite magical yet, it has some nice building blocks in place. Nikola Vucevic should start in the NBA for the next decade, and Victor Oladipo was one of the NBA’s best rookies last season. Gordon and Payton are both solid prospects. But for a team that won 23 games last season, playing in one of the most competitive divisions in the NBA, none of the moves made this summer seem designed to make a massive immediate impact.”

Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

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Magic rank 21st in NBA in ESPN Ultimate Standings

ESPN the Magazine unveiled its annual ranking of the best franchise in American sports. Predictably the Magic did not fare too well considering how poorly the team has played — 43 wins in the last two years. But there are still signs of encouragement. Orlando finished 21st among NBA team and 78th among the 122 […]

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