As you can guess, the Orlando Magic locker room wasn’t in much of a cheerful move on Thursday night. Nice to see great games out of Ben Gordon and Evan Fournier at least. Also, Head Coach Jacque Vaughn says he hasn’t forgotten about Maurice Harkless. Channing Frye was thrilled to be back on the court.
Below are interviews of Ben Gordon, Evan Fournier, Channing Frye, and Nikola Vucevic.
Despite a blistering 4th quarter comeback from a 17-point deficit, the Orlando Magic lost their home opener 105-98 to the Washington Wizards on Thursday night. Orlando won the final period 32-23 but early turnovers were why the Magic didn’t prevail. Orlando lost the turnover battle 18-12. It negated the Magic shooting 51.4 FG%. The Wizards were led by John Wall and his 30 points and 12 assists as well as a 20-point, 12-rebound showing by Marcin Gortat.
The Magic were led by Nikola Vucevic who had 23 points and 12 rebounds. Vooch sadly went cold late in the fourth period. Evan Fournier was 8-of-10 from the field and tallied 21 points while Ben Gordon had a solid 22 points off the bench. Amway Center was a sellout and it sounded like it had 18,846 in there.
Below is the full game recap.
The Orlando Magic on Thursday announced the Development League signings of Seth Curry, Peyton Siva, Kadeem Batts and Drew Crawford to the Erie BayHawks. All four players were signed by Orlando on September 29th and waived on October 25 and will join the BayHawks training camp roster. Erie acquired the NBA D-League returning player rights of Curry in a trade with the Santa Cruz Warriors on October 7th. Peyton, Batts, and Crawford join the team via the affiliate players rule. The rule allows D-League teams to claim the rights of up to four players waived from their parent club.
The Magic today also announced the hiring of several positions to complete the Erie BayHawks coaching staff for this season. The new hires include assistant coaches Anthony Goldwire and Nate Babcock, head athletic trainer Mark Mahoney, strength and conditioning coach Sheldon Dunlap, coach’s associate Reggie King, and interns Tanner Massey and Ryan Pannone.
Goldwire served as an assistant coach for the Tulsa 66ers last season after being an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks from 2010-13 where he met current BayHawks head coach Bill Peterson, who was also an assistant. Goldwire spent eight years in the NBA as a player.
Babcock was previously an assistant coach for Grand Valley State University from 2012-14 where he helped lead the Lakers to two consecutive 19-win seasons. He spent the previous three years on the coaching staff at Michigan State; two as a graduate assistant coach from 2009-11 and one as a special assistant during the 2011-12 season.
Mahoney served as the head athletic trainer for the Springfield Armor for three seasons and this past summer was the head athletic trainer for the NBA D-League Select Team in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League.
Dunlap, a certified strength & conditioning specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association, previously worked with the Duke Sports Performance Staff as a volunteer coaching assistant in 2012 and assisted with the design and implementation of sports performance programs for all Olympic sports teams and men’s and women’s basketball.
King returns to the BayHawks after serving as a coach’s assistant last year, following a four-year playing career at Winthrop University.
Massey served as an assistant coach for Union College in Kentucky last year and before that, was a video coordinator for the University of South Carolina.
The BayHawks start their season on November 14th when Erie travels to Idaho to face the Stampede on back-to-back nights. The BayHawks then head to Erie Insurance Arena for their home tip-off weekend to host the defending D-League Champion Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
Enjoy this video of your 2014-2015 Orlando Magic players and coaching staff being introduced in front of the Amway Center crowd for the home opener. Can’t ever go wrong with good music, pyrotechnics, and state-of-the-art 3-D court graphics.
In our Magic 8-Ball you’ll find quotes, tweets, 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: What Fans at Amway Center Can Expect from Tonight’s Home Opener
- National Anthem performed by Sisaundra Lewis from season six of The Voice
- Halftime performance by soul violinist, Lee England Jr.
- Concourse entertainment includes face painting, balloon art, a photo booth, and a caricature artist on the Promenade Level
- An exciting Fan Fest presented by FanDuel, free and open to the public (begins at 5:00 p.m.), on Church Street (between Hughey and Division) will feature:
- Live band, Run for Cover
- Inflatable games
- Face painting
- Balloon art
- Photo booth
- Skills n’ drills basketball court presented by UnitedHealthcare
- Magic Grill opens at 4 p.m.
New things at Amway Center different from the preseason. pic.twitter.com/rRGCMWvDYY
— Adam Papageorgiou (@adamosgp) October 30, 2014
#2 through #8 are below. read more…
The Orlando Magic regular season home opener is upon us. Head Coach Jacque Vaughn held out Kyle O’Quinn from shootaround due to an ankle issue and will be a game-time decision. Meanwhile, Channing Frye is ready in his eyes to play. We’ll see if Jacque will grant his wish. Aaron Gordon has his entire family in town for the contest, even Drew Gordon.
Beginning with Thursday night’s Orlando Magic home opener against the Washington Wizards, two new “K2 Dyno 6X Super Slo-Mo” will be utilized by FOX Sports Florida at every game in the Amway Center. These cameras will shoot between 250 and 300 frames per second. Normal cameras shoot around 30 frames per second. Also new to the broadcast this season is the introduction of the “RF (radio frequency) Cam.” While standard cameras require cable, the wireless and handheld “RF Cam” will allow FSFL to bring to unique perspectives from around the Amway Center. From the fans’ point of view to all the action going on in the concourse and backstage, the “RF Cam” will capture the fan experience all season long.
The new camera technologies make up just three of the 14 total cameras the network will utilize to cover the games. Also included in the mix is a robotic above the rim camera, as well as jib cameras providing scenic overhead shots of Church Street. For select games also, a “Super Slo-Mo Pico Cam” mounted behind the backboard glass. The new camera technology is not only limited to integration with home games. Last night’s season opening broadcast featured three live, in-game reports from the Orlando Magic watch party on Wall Street via FOX Sports Florida’s “Live U” portable uplink system.
FOX Sports Florida will also be introducing theme nights for home viewers. Friday night home games, dubbed “Friday Night Magic,” will capture the excitement outside on Church Street as pre, post, and halftime shows. A “Friday Night Magic” outdoor set will also be utilized for Thursday’s home opener, as well as Saturday November 22nd vs. the Miami HEAT. Additional theme nights include Social Media Night, with the first one occurring Wednesday November 19th against the LA Clippers, as well as Viewer Appreciation Night with the first one scheduled for Wednesday November 12th vs. the New York Knicks.
We know that Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo had surgery on Saturday for a facial fracture he obtained on the right side of his face from an elbow blow at last Thursday’s practice. Larry Ridley was the first to tweet that Vic would be out a month. After the ‘successful procedure’ to correct the facial fracture, several media outlets also proclaimed that Vic is out a month. Even Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski chimed in with his sources that Oladipo will indeed be out a month. That means the first game Victor could come back and play is the November 26th home contest against the Golden State Warriors. That’s potentially 16 regular season games he’ll miss. But why? Players have had facial fractures and come back much quicker.
— Orlando Magic Daily (@OMagicDaily) October 24, 2014
As you can see, you can have a facial fracture and not need surgery. Unfortunately, Victor’s was severe enough that surgery was the best solution to the problem. The Magic still haven’t revealed what type of fracture(s) Victor had. Being a curious individual I wanted to find out what could have happened to Victor.
So I got the advice of a doctor. Dr. Andonis Terezides of Winter Park Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. One of his areas of expertise is in facial trauma and reconstructive surgery.
I gave him details of the Oladipo injury and showed the doctor a photo that Victor Oladipo posted on his Instagram account.
Below is the lengthy and very detailed feedback I got back (and that I’m very appreciative of) from Dr. Terezides.
Tuesday night the Orlando Magic and New Orleans Pelicans helped tip off the 2014-2015 NBA season. Even without being on national television, it’s always a special honor. Well, Orlando begins their season 0-1 as the Pelicans took down the Magic 101-84. It got ugly in the fourth quarter with the Magic trailing by as many as 23 points. New Orleans was crushing Orlando inside all night. Orlando only shot 38.1 FG% but gave up 26 offensive rebounds to their hosts while the Pelicans dominated points in the paint 64-48. Pelicans won the turnover battle 18-9.
Anthony Davis almost had a triple-double with 26 points, 17 rebounds, and 9 BLOCKS. It was a historic performance. Davis had as many blocks as the entire Magic team. It took away from the 25 points and 8 rebounds Tobias Harris tallied as well as the 15 points, 23 rebounds, and career-high tying 4 blocks Nikola Vucevic contributed. Evan Fournier and rookie Aaron Gordon each tallied 11 points. Rookie PG Elfrid Payton got the start for the Magic and added 4 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds. New Orleans also got 14 points, 17 rebounds, and 5 blocks from Omer Asik as well as 12 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists from Tyreke Evans. Ryan Anderson burned Orlando late in the third period as he finished with 22 points and 9 rebounds.
Below is the full game recap.
The Orlando Magic regular season begins October 28th. That means it’s MBO roundtable discussion time where we get to analyze this ’14-’15 squad and make predictions that we can look back on and regret immensely. We’re breaking this roundtable into several parts. Here’s Part 1 and Part 2. Contributing to the discussion are Brian Serra, Spenser Strode, and Adam Papageorgiou. We’re concluding our 3-part series with the most important predictions.
Brian Serra: Jacque Vaughn will run out this team: Ridnour/Harkless/Harris/OQuinn/Vucevic. Jacque Vaughn should run out this team: Payton/Fournier/Harris/OQuinn/Vucevic. I think Jacque is going back to “matchups” and I think he will be targeting the length with Harkless starting at SG. Regarding Payton, he just flat out needs to start from Day 1. Give him the keys. I just am not sure the franchise can look past the “teach him a lesson” standpoint and will want to “bring him along slowly”. He has proven that he has the intangibles to succeed – his growth will come on the court. Channing Frye won’t start until he has gotten his conditioning into shape, especially with KOQ playing so well.
Spenser Strode: Assuming a healthy Frye, I still think the Magic are going to pair youth with experience in the backcourt. After Oladipo’s injury my projected line-up on opening night is:
Adam Papageorgiou: I’ve been pleased with the Ben Gordon Preseason Revenge Tour, but I can’t imagine him starting on Tuesday. Evan Fournier and Maurice Harkless are better options for ball movement and defense. Considering he is coming off a quad contusion, I’d be surprised if Luke Ridnour starts. Evan Fournier has struggled shooting jumpers, plus the extra ball handling freedom he’d get coming off the bench suits him. Even if Frye gets cleared to play, I think Jacque eases him in for a game or two off the bench before he contemplates starting Channing. So here’s my starters for the Pelicans game.
PG: Elfrid Payton
SG: Maurice Harkless
SF: Tobias Harris
PF: Kyle O’Quinn
C: Nikola Vucevic
So basically what we’ve seen the last two preseason games except Elfrid is inserted as a starter rather than Luke. New Orleans is a big team so this calls for Kyle and Maurice both starting.
Below is the rest of the roundtable discussion.