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Orlando Magic Become First NBA Team to Offer Apple Pay

2014 December 18
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Orlando Magic, Chase, and E15 Group the tech and analytics subsidiary of Levy Restaurants, will be integrating Apple Pay into the Amway Center, a new category of service that transforms mobile payments with an easy, secure, and private way to pay. The Magic become the first team in the NBA to offer fans access to Apple Pay, which will debut in Amway Center when the Magic host the Utah Jazz on Friday.

“The Magic are committed to our fans and their experience and are continually looking for ways to innovate in order to make that experience legendary,” said Magic CEO Alex Martins. “We are thrilled to join our partners Chase and Levy Restaurants to be the first NBA team to integrate Apple Pay into its home venue and specifically the Amway Center, the most technologically advanced arena in North America.”

Beginning on Dec. 19th, the Apple Pay option will be available at several Levy concession and Magic retail locations throughout Amway Center. Additional locations will be added throughout the season. In addition, patrons who use their Chase Card with Apple Pay will also have the opportunity to receive special offers and win Magic prizes.

Security and privacy is at the core of Apple Pay. When adding a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on the device used. Each transaction is authorized with a one-time unique dynamic security code, instead of using the security code from the back of the card. Apple Pay will work with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch, upon availability. Within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3.

For more information on Apple Pay, visit: https://www.apple.com/apple-pay/

 

Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO and Founder of Orlando Magic Greek

Magic’s Interior Defense Bludgeoned by Boston in Loss

2014 December 17
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Brian Babineau /NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Brian Babineau /NBAE via Getty Images

The Orlando Magic looked out-matched in the second half of their game in Boston on Wednesday evening as they lost to the Celtics 109-92. The Celtics prevailed in large part to 55.0 FG% as Orlando’s interior defense was nonexistent at times. Dewayne Dedmon didn’t play in the contest, and you wonder if his shot blocking capabilities would have made a big difference in the result. Ball movement was once more an issue in the second half for Orlando as the Magic tallied 17 assists, only five of which came in the last 24 minutes. It’s the holidays, guys, share. Boston was just more active. 42-36 advantage in rebounds and the Celtics out-swatted Orlando 8-1. Boston entered Orlando’s interior defense constantly with zero resistance.

Six Celtics scored in double figures as former Magic man Brandon Bass led them with 18 points off the bench. Jared Sullinger and Jeff Green each contributed 16 points. Kelly Olynyk added 15 points off the bench as Rajon Rondo almost notched a triple-double with 13 points, 15 assists, and 7 rebounds. Rondo came two dimes shy of matching Orlando’s team total. Orlando was led by Nikola Vucevic and his 18 points and 13 rebounds. Tobias Harris poured in 17 points while Evan Fournier and Channing Frye each finished with 13 points. Kyle O’Quinn had eleven off the bench.

 

Below is the full game recap.

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Ball Movement Problems Doom Magic in Toronto

2014 December 15
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images

The Orlando Magic lost for the third time this season to the Raptors Monday night in Toronto, 95-82. It’s just another reminder that the Magic have been struggling mightily in regards to sharing the basketball. Toronto proved why they’re first in the East as they out-scored Orlando 51-30 in the second half. Just look at the assists, 25-13 and there’s a big reason for the result. The Raptors were 11-for-30 from 3-point range while Orlando only managed 4-of-15 from deep. 19 Magic turnovers didn’t help the cause.

Tobias Harris led Orlando in scoring with 18 points while Ben Gordon tallied 16 off the bench. Louis Williams led Toronto off the bench with 18 points while Kyle Lowry notched 17 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds in victory.

 

Below is the full game recap.

 

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Magic 8-Ball: Chipotle, Twitter Trolling, and No Willie

2014 December 14
by Adam Papageorgiou

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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 Got Trolled Hard by Teammates

If you watched the latest episode of Magic Gameday, you know the Frenchman has some funny teammates.

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Below are #2 through #8.

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Hawks-Magic Post-Tobias Harris Game-Winner Interviews

2014 December 13
by Adam Papageorgiou
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Photo by Gary Bassing/NBAE via Getty Images

 

It’s all about that Tobias Harris game-winner. That Orlando Magic locker room needed that victory so badly.

Tobias Harris:

 

Below are interviews from Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier, Jacque Vaughn, and Victor Oladipo.

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Tobias Harris’ Game-Winner Snags Victory From Hawks

2014 December 13
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

The Orlando Magic made up for their disappointing loss in Atlanta on Friday by defeating the Hawks at Amway Center Saturday evening in a tight contest that required Tobias Harris‘ second dramatic buzzer beating game-winner of the season. 100-99. First to one hundred wins. Harris finished with 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. T12 claims another home game-winner following the dunk against the Oklahoma City Thunder last season. What a way for the Magic to snap Atlanta’s 9-game win streak.

 

 

Nikola Vucevic returned from a 6-game absence and notched his 14th double-double of the season. 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Montenegrin. Evan Fournier added 19 points and 5 rebounds. Victor Oladipo notched 15 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds. Ben Gordon added 12 points off the bench. Atlanta was led by Jeff Teague with 24 points and 8 assists. Al Horford tallied 18 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

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Willie Green is Having a Historically Horrible Magic Season

2014 December 13
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images

I never want to say bad things about anyone on the Orlando Magic, but Willie Green is having an abysmal 2014-2015 season and it’s costing this roster games. It’s unfortunate because Willie is a great guy and is well-respected around the Association and is going to be a coach one day. That’s then, this is now. Through 21 games played at almost 16 minutes per contest, Willie is averaging 3.9 points per game and is shooting 30.3 FG%, 20.6 3PT%, and a True Shooting percentage of 36.0%. Those are all career-lows. Yet no one knows why Head Coach Jacque Vaughn continues to play ‘Iso Willie’ when there are multiple other options to choose from to replace the 33-year-old’s minutes. But the numbers are proving that Willie needs to take a long break on the bench. At least for a few games to give other guys a chance.

Let’s gather up some more ‘Sit Willie’ evidence.

We’re over a quarter through this season and Willie is on pace to have one of the worst Magic seasons in FRANCHISE HISTORY. Let’s go back into the franchise’s entire history and sift through the worst seasonal output for Magic men who played 20+ games.

Willie Green 21 games into ’14-’15: 30.3 FG% and 36.0 TS%

Ronnie Price in 2013-2014: 30.4 FG% and 37.9 TS%

Ish Smith in 2012-2013: 33.6 FG% and 35.7 TS%

Terence Morris in 2005-2006:  32.7 FG% and 34.8 TS%

Reece Gaines in 2003-2004:  29.1 FG% and 35.6 TS%

Britton Johnsen in 2003-2004:  28.8 FG% and 31.8 TS%

Ryan Humphrey in 2002-2003:  27.1 FG% and 32.9 TS%

David Vaughn in 1995-1996:  33.8 FG% and 36.4 TS%

 

That’s not a list you want to be on. Only Reece Gaines, Britton Johnsen, and Ryan Humphrey – poor Tracy McGrady – had worse field goal and true shooting percentages than Willie Green has so far, in the entire history of Magic guys playing 20+ games in a season. That’s atrocious efficiency when you’re shooting less than 38% combined on 3-pointers, 2-pointers, and free throws.

 

How about weighing Willie on an NBA scale when looking at this ’14-’15 campaign?

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These are league players with the worst Player Efficiency Rating so far this season. Willie’s PER is 3.48. Maurice Harkless is the next-worst Magic man at 8.21 PER which ranks 304th in the Association. Average PER for an NBA player is 15.0. Granted, this you have to remember that Maurice has played a sporadic 13 games. His true shooting percentage is still an okay 51.3%. That chart is courtesy of John Hollinger and ESPN.com, as is the chart below.

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To qualify for these lists, a player must be averaging 6.09 minutes per game. We’re not talking Channing Frye today, but that topic is very close on the horizon when you factor in what Kyle O’Quinn and Dewayne Dedmon have contributed.

So what does ‘EWA’ stand for? Estimated Wins Added. The formula is Value Added – the estimated number of points a player adds to a team’s season total above what a ‘replacement player’ (for instance, the 12th man on the roster) would produce – divided by 30. That gives the estimated number of wins a player adds to a team’s season total above what a ‘replacement player’ would produce. Nik Stauskas, Hollis Thompson, Channing, Willie, and Jason Thompson are actually costing their teams wins. Willie is the worst of that group. So that’s discouraging.

Since Willie’s very important season-high of 9 points in that 23-point comeback victory at Charlotte (it was his best game by far this season) on November 21st, the Magic have played 11 games. Orlando is 3-8. Green in those contests played about 17 minutes per game and shot 14-of-65 from the field. 21.5FG%!!! Also, 2-for-19 on 3-pointers. 10.5 3PT%!!! Stop the madness. End this insanity.

It’s gotten to the point where I think that not only is Jacque punishing Maurice Harkless and Devyn Marble, but that simultaneously he wants to embarrass Willie by playing him in front of the arena audience and television viewing public. Now, obviously that’s not the case, but we’ve gone past the stages of cringing and making light-hearted jokes in regards to Willie’s court time. I’m at the point where every third tweet of mine is me begging to see Willie sit on the bench. I’m a patient man, but goodness is it time JV switches it up. I don’t care what Moe or Devyn may be doing wrong in practice or away from basketball, get them on the court. If they struggle, then we know Marble and Harkless don’t deserve the minutes. If they thrive, then it means fewer fourth quarter collapses.

This Magic squad isn’t tanking. They’re 9-16 and hold the 9th seed in the East still. Fans though are questioning Vaughn’s coaching intelligence and decision making. The skepticism and yelling from the fan base in regards to rotations, inbound plays, and other matters are on the rise. At the center of it all is Jacque’s distribution of minutes to Green. Sit Willie and a lot of fan concern subsides for a few weeks. Jacque is more than capable of having a lengthy and successful coaching tenure in Orlando, but this Willie situation needs to be resolved or paying customers will call for his head.

I would love nothing more than to see Willie reverse his fortunes if Jacque continues giving him similar minutes, but the statistics show that  Willie shouldn’t be on the court. Here’s to a Magic win with Willie dropping 20 points tonight – something he hasn’t done in two and a half years – and me ending up with a wide and awkward grin on my face. Or, you know, seeing Devyn and Maurice hit the parquet floor. I almost prefer seeing Andrew Nicholson play at the wing spot if JV is determined to not get Moe or Devyn in the rotation.

 

Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO and Founder of Orlando Magic Greek

Magic Let Another Close Game Slip in Atlanta

2014 December 12
by Adam Papageorgiou
AP Photo/David Goldman

AP Photo/David Goldman

The Orlando Magic should be beyond frustrated. If they’re not, there’s a massive problem. The Magic had their chances, but lost Friday night in Atlanta 87-81. Ball movement was a problem again for Orlando as the Hawks won the assists battle 24-14. Paul Millsap led all scorers with 23 points. Al Horford had 17 for Atlanta. Victor Oladipo notched 21 points for Orlando. Evan Fournier tallied 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. Kyle O’Quinn and Tobias Harris both nabbed double-doubles. 14 & 10 for KOQ and 13 & ll out of T12. Orlando shot 39.0 FG%, but held Atlanta to 37.2 FG%. Orlando got tagged with 27 personal fouls, while the Hawks only committed twelve.

 

This basically describes any Magic fan’s mood.

 

 

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Wizards-Magic Postgame Locker Room Interviews

2014 December 10
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

A very bad, awful, horrendous Orlando Magic loss.

Jacque Vaughn:

 

Below are interviews from Victor Oladipo, Tobias Harris, and Elfrid Payton

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Bradley Beal Buzzer Beating Game-Winner Sinks Magic

2014 December 10
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

There may have been a police brutality protest in the Downtown Orlando area, but there was still a game being played inside Amway Center. Whatever type of passionate protesting may have been occurring outside, that same passion was severely lacking inside the arena. A Bradley Beal alley oop tip-in handed the Wizards a 91-89 victory over the Magic on Wednesday night. There was zero reason for Willie Green to be in the final 6 minutes of the contest, and Magic Head Coach Jacque Vaughn paid dearly for keeping Kyle O’Quinn on the bench.

Victor Oladipo led the Magic with 17 points, but he lost Beal cutting to the rim on the Paul Pierce screen that allowed the game-winner. Tobias Harris added 15 points. Elfrid Payton was impressive with 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. Channing Frye and Kyle O’Quinn each added 10 points. Washington was led by John Wall with 21 points, 11 assists, and 6 boards. Beal had 9 points on the evening. Orlando lost the fourth period 24-14. The Wizards won the assist battle 26-13 and they shared just enough to prevail.

 

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