19-year-old Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon had his weekly ‘Year One’ SiriusXM NBA Radio segment on Wednesday evening, and the #4 Draft pick revealed some new information about his foot fracture.
.@IamAaronGordon says his injury doesn’t hurt at all and he “could definitely play” but being precautious by sitting now.
— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) November 20, 2014
That’s fantastic news considering Kevin Durant has been out for over 5 weeks now with his fifth metatarsal foot fracture. The reigning MVP was originally expected to be out 6-to-8 weeks, if Gordon’s fracture is less serious then maybe the timetable for a return will be shorter. Aaron is currently in Charlotte to see a foot specialist as his Magic teammates prepare to take on the Hornets on Friday night. ‘AG’ will most likely need to undergo a procedure. It’s unknown how soon that would occur.
Well this is disappointing. Charles King of the Orlando Sentinel interviewed Magic fans attending a game at Amway Center. The task appears simple. Fans were shown photos of current Magic players on the roster and were only asked to name them. That’s it. How hard could it be?
Head-bashing worthy hard apparently. Awful.
This might be an all-time low for the fanbase. The good news is that people actually know who Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier, and Elfrid Payton are. It’s just difficult for the fans to figure out their names. This is a nightmare if you’re Maurice Harkless and Willie Green though. MOE’S BEEN ON THE TEAM AS LONG AS VOOCH! THIS IS THE THIRD SEASON NOW! Harkless has started 164 games in a Magic jersey. You have to know who he is.
This is a pretty discouraging video for anyone who likes the Magic. To the kid who answered “LeBron James” for the only 3 African-American players he was shown, that’s not funny. I know it’s a random sampling of people who participated in that game, but I expect better from the Central Florida area folks.
The Orlando Magic have agreed to buy the Orlando Union Rescue Mission’s property for $3 million in order to move the homeless shelter to make way for the Magic’s $200 million entertainment complex, as Matthew Richardson of the Orlando Business Journal and local news channel WFTV report. The entertainment complex is rumored to first break ground following the conclusion of the Magic’s 2014-2015 season and will literally sit across the street from the Church Street side of Amway Center.
The $3 million price tag for the shelter is allegedly 3.5 times more per square foot than the team paid the city for the rest of the 7.82-acre site. It was a necessary purchase though in order to avoid having to build around the shelter. The homeless shelter will move from its current home across from the federal courthouse and over to Old Winter Garden Road. The shelter has been utilized since 1960 in the Downtown Orlando area. The Magic’s entertainment complex is expected to create thousands of jobs and is currently expected to feature a six-story building with 121,800 square feet of office space and 42,000 square feet of retail space, a six-story parking garage, two retail kiosks, two media towers, and more. Here are some renderings.
“We’re excited after all the work we’ve put into this,” said Allen Harden, who works for the shelter.
By all accounts, the folks running the Mission have been very pleased with how the Magic have done business. The Mission’s policy is to never go into debt, and the $3 million they’ll be getting is viewed as necessary in order to afford to build a new facility on the property the Mission owns on Old Winter Garden Road, west of John Young Parkway. WFTV also learned that on top of the $3 million, an anonymous donor has pledged another $1.5 million to pay for the new facility, and the Rescue Mission would love to raise another $1.5 million.
The Orlando Magic practice on Thursday before flying out to Charlotte for a Friday meeting against the Hornets. Jacque Vaughn talked about how pleased he was with his team’s looks against the Clippers the night before, the shots just didn’t fall. It’s unknown whether Kyle O’Quinn will travel to Charlotte, but he’s thrilled to be practicing with the team. Devyn Marble is making progress on recovering from his strained right rotator cuff. Victor Oladipo is still shaking off game rust and dealing with wearing his protective mask. The team wore black sleeved practice jerseys for the first time because they’ll debut their new ‘pride’ jerseys on Nov. 26th against the Warriors. I like sleeved jerseys, but I know I’m in the minority. The players seem fine with them so far.
The Orlando Magic were feeling confident after a recent stretch of strong play, but knew they had a long way to go to prove they could sustain the recent success. That success crashed back to reality in a frightening way tonight with the Los Angeles Clippers crushing Orlando 114 to 90.
Trailing for the entire night, the Magic were never able to sustain a run and muster the energy to compete for full possessions – let alone a full 48 minutes. Always one rotation too late, offering up wide open look after wide open look. Despite the struggles and defensive lapses, Orlando hung within striking distance until a late 3rd quarter run opened up the Jamal Crawford flood gates.
Orlando trailed by five with 5:05 left in the 3rd. Now trailing by 16 heading into the 4th.
— mBo (@MagicBasketball) November 20, 2014
Orlando was without their starting Shooting Guard Evan Fournier (sore heel) and his 17.3 points per game, floor spacing and shot creation wore sorely missed. Tobias Harris led the Magic with 25 points. Nik Vucevic had 19 points and 14 rebounds, but just four of those points and one rebound came in the second half and the big man sat the entire 4th quarter after the game became out of reach.
The Clippers were led by Jamal Crawford’s 22 points, 20 from Blake Griffin and an all-around tremendous game from the great Chris Paul who abused Victor Oladipo and the Magic backcourt for 16 points and nine assists.
“This process is far from a finished product, that’s for sure” – Jacque Vaughn post game regarding Victor Oladipo getting back in rhythm – but certainly a quote that could be applied perfectly to the team as a whole.
The game was a reminder of how far this team has to go to be a consistent contending force. To get swept off your home court is disheartening, but absent Fournier, Kyle O’Quinn and with Victor Oladipo handcuffed and essentially blindfolded by a giant plastic mask, this one was probably not one the Magic had a legitimate chance to steal.
With the loss Orlando fell to 5-8 on the year and are back in action on Friday night in Charlotte.
As part of the Orlando Magic’s #PureMagicSocial day in anticipation for Social Media Night against the L.A. Clippers on Wednesday, Magic guard Victor Oladipo took over the team’s official Twitter account to answer questions with the hashtag #AskOladipo. Below are some of the highlights of the interactions.
— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) November 19, 2014
The Orlando Magic are briefly at home for a showdown with the Los Angeles Clippers at Amway Center on Wednesday evening. Team morale may be at an all-time high under the Jacque Vaughn regime with Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris being the scoring leaders on a Magic squad that continues to improve with offensive sharing and ball movement. Kyle O’Quinn and Devyn Marble both participated in shootaround, but their future statuses won’t be known until game time. Surprisingly, the Clippers didn’t hold a shootaround even though they have a back-to-back tomorrow in Miami. Maybe the Magic can take advantage of that.
Below are interviews of Jacque Vaughn, Channing Frye, and Nikola Vucevic.
In our Magic 8-Ball you’ll find quotes, tweets, Orlando Magic player social media posts, a random prediction that sticks to the Magic 8-Ball theme, any stats or tidbits you don’t find in our other MBO postings, and more. Basically a buffet of things that may slip through the cracks that are worth bringing up.
#1: Evan Fournier May Have a Selfie Obsession
Below are #2 through #8. read more…
Anthony Davis remember is a power forward, but it’s interesting that Vooch is rated higher than even DeMarcus Cousins. The rankings are based off of a total player-rating system based on various offensive and defensive statistics. Players increase their scores with every contribution they make to a game. Vucci Mane currently leads the league in double-doubles (8), field goals made, minutes, defensive rebounds, and total rebounds. Orlando playing the most games in the Association up to this point (12) explains much of that. Still, the Montenegrin is playing like an All-Star with a massive role in Orlando being 5-7 and currently the East’s 8th seed.
Vucevic is ranked 6th overall in the ratings. Tobias Harris is at #17 overall, fifth among SFs. The 22-year-old forward will be a restricted free agent int he summer of 2015, and he’s currently playing like an elite scorer.
Magic fans should be thrilled that statistically they have two Top 20 players on their franchise so far in this 2014-2015 campaign.