What’s left in the Orlando Magic’s 2023 offseason
August: The Schedule
Oct. 2-3: Media Day & Training Camp
The last piece before the Orlando Magic can get to work of course is the release of the NBA’s 2023-24 schedule. That will come at some point in August — although surely the TV executives at ESPN and TNT are trying to hold out as long as they can to see where Damian Lillard might land.
This upcoming season will see the league introduce the In-Season Tournament. So the Orlando Magic already know they will face the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets at some point in November as part of that tournament.
The schedule is an important last step in the offseason because it makes the upcoming season real. Suddenly the season is not merely just a roster on paper, but it has a roadmap. We can find the trouble spots and find the areas where the team has to perform to achieve its goals.
We are already looking forward to the games we might see on national TV and who this young Magic team could stand up to.
Schedule day is an oasis in the vast NBA desert that is August and September. And we will take our time breaking it down.
September is really quiet on the NBA calendar. After the World Cup ends, everyone will head to their home markets, enjoy their last bits of vacation before gathering for training camp.
Typically most players will return to their home markets around Labor Day to start getting in some player-organized workouts and pick-up runs in the team’s training facility.
So everything is obviously leading up to the opening of training camp in October. It feels far away right now, but it will be here sooner than we think.