Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo saw his first action inside Amway Center on Monday for the first time since last season. Sure it was in an open practice. Sure Oladipo didn’t actually scrimmage or participate in 5-on-5 drills due to ‘Dipo recovering from his sprained MCL. But the 22-year-old unleashed some outrageous dunks while wearing a knee brace. Slams that you don’t pull off if you’re hampered by a knee injury.
Victor was absolutely thrilled to be participating with his teammates again. Magic fans should be giddy too, because they get to enjoy Victor’s dunks such as these jams in GIF form below that he threw down last night.
Bonus clip from last night: Aaron Gordon sort of converting the Vince Carter elbow jam from the 2000 dunk contest.
Oh happy day. The Orlando Magic have locked up their 7-foot Montenegrin center Nikola Vucevic on Tuesday. Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel was the first who reported the 4-Year contract extension. It was Yahoo‘s Marc Spears who initially tweeted that it is for either $53 million or $54 million.
Magic give Vucevic four-year $54 million extension, source tells Yahoo
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) October 21, 2014
$13.25 million per center is a lot of money, but believe me when I tell that GM Rob Hennigan got fair value for Vucci Mane. Especially with the salary cap projected to rise in the future by a large margin. Nik almost certainly would have received a maximum contract offer should he have become a restricted free agent in the 2015 offseason. Thankfully we don’t have to worry about it. Vooch turns 24 years old this upcoming Friday. Nice timing on the early Birthday present by the Magic front office. The full details of the contract are still unknown but all parties should be thrilled.
Still to be ironed out: whether Yr 1 begins at $11.25 mill & rises by 7.5% to reach $53 mill. Or starts higher & then decreases to = $53m. — Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) October 21, 2014
But, to reiterate, the 4-year, $53 million structure is done. Plus, there are no opt-outs in the deal.
— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) October 21, 2014
There’s a lot of discussion on the actual contract amount from multiple outlets, but either way it’s a solid deal to retain a potential future All-Star.
Base salary on Nik Vucevic's deal with Magic is four years, $48 million, I've been told, with incentives that could push amount to $53M.
— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) October 21, 2014
Vucevic will make about $2.75 million in this ’14-’15 season before the new contract extension will kick in. This extension doesn’t end until the summer of 2019. In 134 regular season games with the Magic – all of which he’s started – leading up to this season, Vucevic has averaged 13.6 ppg and 11.5 rpg on 51.4 FG% and at 32.6 minutes per game. Nik hasn’t hit his prime yet and he’ll still be well in his prime when this contract extension ends. It’s nice to see Nik’s teammates congratulating him on growing his bank account.
@NikolaVucevic Congratulations to this guy! Glad to be apart of the Magic future with this guy!
We’ll see if Tobias Harris is next.
After reaching terms on Nik Vucevic extension, Orlando will keep working on Tobias Harris talks. Still significant gap there, sources say.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) October 21, 2014
The legendarily entertaining duo of Dante Marchitelli and George Galante return to the Orlando Magic airwaves on October 22nd, prior to Orlando’s home preseason contest against Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets.
Marchitelli and Galante have always been with the Magic, but it’s great to have the program and both of them on air together again. There will be no television broadcast of the show (for now), but Magic fans will be able to watch Dante & Galante on OrlandoMagic.com and the Magic mobile app.
Before they had a show, Dante and George made the Orlando Summer League in the mid-2000s a wonderful event to watch just for their commentary. This was when the games were played at the RDV Sportsplex and there truly were very few spectators in attendance. They’ve been gone as an entertainment duo for a few years since hosting Magic Overtime which was on television and on YouTube, but that didn’t stop us from wanting them back.
— Evan Dunlap (@BQRMagic) March 15, 2013
In honor of their triumphant return, below I’ve put together a Top 15 list of Dante & Galante show moments. Why fifteen? Because 10 wouldn’t do them justice.
The Orlando Magic revealed a few things during their open practice on Monday night. Victor Oladipo seems to be close to returning, but there’s no timetable. I wouldn’t rule him out in being ready for the regular season opener. Kyle O’Quinn has the green light to shoot 3-pointers as long as defense and the rest of his game doesn’t fall off. Here are some interviews following the practice as the team really appreciates the fan support they receive.
For a lot of Orlando Magic fans inside Amway Center on Monday night, the team’s free open practice meant it was their first or second time seeing this group of Magic players in action.
The Magic came out throwing t-shirts to the fans. Then they stretched, did some lateral drills, zig-zagged across the parquet floor, and got to dribbling and shooting drills for the first half hour. This wasn’t part of the experience last open practice 2 years ago in Jacque Vaughn‘s first year as Head Coach. Some of the dunks Victor Oladipo, Aaron Gordon, Willie Green (not a typo), Evan Fournier, Maurice Harkless, and Devyn Marble were dropping got some great crowd reaction.
With a knee brace on his right leg, Victor Oladipo participated in all of the warm-ups and drills while Channing Frye sat in his practice gear, sometimes hopping on the stationary bicycle. Whether that’s an indication on how they’re progressing in their MCL sprain recoveries is just assumption at this point.
When we got to the 5-on-5 work, Oladipo sat out. But again, Victor looked fantastic in some of the dunks he threw down. We still can’t say whether Oladipo will be ready for the October 28th regular season opener. Same as Frye.
It was pretty evident that the squad was only exerting about 25% of their energy which is fine since we don’t need any more of these guys getting hurt. The Magic only did about 20 minutes of 5-on-5 scrimmaging, but it was still a productive event. The Magic finished off their hour-plus court time with team shooting contests. In the end, fans got free stuff and an up-close look at their 2014-2015 roster. I’d say there were between 2,000 and 3,000 fans in the arena.
The Orlando Magic will participate in two Central Florida community service projects as part of the NBA Cares program. The projects are the Hoops for Troops “Commitment to Service” volunteer initiative at The Mustard Seed Furniture and Clothing Bank (12 Mustard Seed Lane, Orlando, FL 32810) on Tuesday October 21st from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., and Habitat for Humanity Home Dedication in the Pine Hills community (6112 Rhythm Blvd., Orlando, FL 32808) on Thursday October 23rd from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
NBA Cares Week events are being led by players, legends, coaches, and executives in an effort to give back to the community in the areas of education, health and wellness, and hands-on service.
In partnership with the NBA and the Department of Defense, the Orlando Magic will host the Hoops for Troops “Commitment to Service” volunteer initiative. As part of the initiative, Magic players Victor Oladipo, Kyle O’Quinn, and Ben Gordon along with Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw, and local military members will visit the Mustard Seed Furniture and Clothing Bank on Tuesday to help unload, sort, count, and display donated items. Through the Department of Defense’s “Commitment to Service” initiative, service members and athletes work together to serve their communities. The program is built upon community, leadership, transition, and health. The Mustard Seed helps rebuild the lives of families and individuals who have suffered disaster or personal tragedy by providing household furnishing, clothing, etc.
To round out the week, the Magic has teamed up with Habitat for Humanity for a home dedication on Thursday in the Pine Hills community. This marks the sixth time the Magic have sponsored a home in the Pine Hills community. During the dedication, Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw, the Magic Dancers, and STUFF will join Habitat for Humanity representatives in handing over the keys to the Duppins family. Habitat is a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of low-income, hard-working families through the American dream of home ownership.
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: The Magic Lost in Allentown
It’s not often an entire game slips through the cracks, but that’s what happened in Allentown, PA on Saturday night when the Magic lost 95-84 to the Philadelphia 76ers. No television broadcast has become a regular occurrence in preseason, but there wasn’t even a jumbotron or in-arena feed you could find online. There are NO video highlights even on the NBA page. The game could only be experienced for Central Floridians on the radio. Orlando is now 4-2 in the preseason as two home games remain before the games will begin to count.
Orlando shot 38.3 FG%. Andrew Nicholson led all scorers with 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals. We also missed out on Dewayne Dedmon’s 10-point, 14-rebound, and 3-block double-double. Kyle O’Quinn also notched a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Maurice Harkless added 14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 blocks. The Magic rested Tobias Harris, Nikola Vucevic, Ben Gordon, and Luke Ridnour so this loss means nothing. Kyle O’Quinn missed a 3-pointer so he’s now 3-for-4 in the preseason from deep. Also, the Magic finally lost a game in which Nicholson and Devyn Marble actually played.
Below are #2 through #8.
Orlando Magic rookie forward Aaron Gordon has quickly made it evident that he’s going to be soaring up for a plethora of dunks this season. Joyful news. The 19-year-old slammed home two fantastic jams against the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.
It’s always nice to hear Magic radio guys Dennis Neumann and Richie Adubato on the play-by-play.
Orlando Magic fans are getting large 3-point contributions from two guys they may not have expected it from: Kyle O’Quinn and Aaron Gordon. It’s only exhibitions, but Head Coach Jacque Vaughn should be very encouraged with how his players are defending and how the ball is being distributed around the court. We’re also seeing Tobias Harris‘ workouts and dieting pay off at the end of contests as we should expect him to be one of the team’s game closers.
Below are interviews of Kyle O’Quinn, Tobias Harris, and Aaron Gordon.
The Orlando Magic are 4-1 in preseason play. They have matched the amount of exhibition victories that they accumulated the past 2 seasons combined. The Magic dispatched of Stan Van Gundy’s Detroit Pistons 99-87 on Friday night. Detroit never led the entire night. Orlando was led by Tobias Harris who notched 22 points and 9 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic tallied 18 points and 7 rebounds. Kyle O’Quinn contributed 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Aaron Gordon drained a few 3-pointers off the bench and scored 14 points on the evening. Ben Gordon was the last Orlando player in double figures with 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.
Orlando held Detroit to 37.5 FG% while shooting 46.2 FG% themselves. Greg Monroe led Detroit with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Orlando won the rebound battle 46-42. The Magic notched 25 assists on their 42 field goal makes and still won despite coughing up 22 turnovers.
Below is the full game recap.