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Orlando Could Use Some Historical Draft Lottery Luck

2016 May 16
by Adam Papageorgiou

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If there is one thing that Orlando Magic GM Rob Hennigan has yet to see since taking the job in 2012 is some good NBA Draft Lottery luck. That may not change on Tuesday night.

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Penny & Pops Podcast: Scott Skiles’ Resignation

2016 May 15
by Adam Papageorgiou

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It is with great happiness and pride that after about five years of being away from the podcast game, fellow Magic Basketball Online contributor Spenser Strode and I have decided to bring back the Penny & Pops Podcast. If you have never heard of that before, don’t worry, we’re a little unique.

Instead of doing a podcast that covers the entire NBA though, we’re only talking Orlando Magic, which is more than fine for us natives. Especially since we have not been pleased with the inadequate national and local coverage the team receives.

There are few people on this planet that have as much pride for this Magic franchise as Spenser (Penny) and I (Pops) do. For our inaugural episode, we dive into Scott Skiles resigning from his coaching duties. We throw names of potential coaching candidates that should and shouldn’t be interviewed. I also make a bold Draft Lottery prediction as that’s coming up on Tuesday.

A few things to note:

  • All of our podcast episodes will probably have some profanity in them. We are going to try and make every episode a conversation. We’re 20-something dudes. People like us throw in a curse word here and there. So if you have little kids, I don’t recommend you have them listen to us.
  • For just this episode only, we didn’t have a podcast-specific microphone. I purchased one, I’m hopeful it’ll ship on time and that we’ll be using it for the next episodes moving forward. Unfortunately for this inaugural episode, you can definitely hear the background noise of my laptop fan. Our voices are fairly loud though. Again, I apologize for the background noise. I hope it doesn’t take away from the great conversation we had.
  • We don’t have a specific schedule for when we’ll be cranking these podcasts out. We’re adults with careers and lives too. So no promises in that regard. I will say that we’re going to have fun doing every single episode. The day it becomes tiresome or ‘a pain’ is the day we stop. Same goes for this website. Hopefully with the new MBO logo and banner, and now this podcast, maybe it’ll bring the Magic some good mojo and winning times will be coming again.
  • There isn’t a set format. We’re open to public critiquing, criticism, and suggestions. We might play around with games and segments. Length wise, the aim is for each podcast episode to not exceed 35 minutes.

We will have a dedicated ‘Podcast’ section on this MBO site where we’ll throw in all of our episodes. We’re turning to Soundcloud to host each episode for now. More importantly, be on the lookout for the podcast to pop up on iTunes. Any subscriptions and awesome ratings we get would make us giddy with joy. If you want the podcast to be available anywhere else, please drop a comment.

So with that, please enjoy our first episode. Thank you very much for listening and providing any and all feedback. This is for the casual and diehard Magic follower. The new and old school fan.

 

 

Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO.

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Victor Oladipo Sat First Row to Watch Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

2016 May 14
by Adam Papageorgiou

I know that Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo has been friends with Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade for years. I know both were coached by Tom Crean in college – Vic at Indiana, Wade at Marquette – but I still don’t like seeing ‘Dipo sitting in the first row of the Game 6 playoff matchup between the Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat to support Wade.

 

 

 

As a born-and-raised Orlando supporter, it just looks unnatural. I still believe in rivalries, and that possessing a huge hatred for Miami is actually quite healthy. Unfortunately as the years progress since the Magic and Heat last faced off in a postseason series back in 1997, the younger generation of players do not share my hatred for the franchise down south.

 

 

Scott Skiles resigned from the Magic on Thursday. Oladipo thanked his former coach on social media. Curiously, no other current Orlando player has bid Skiles farewell yet in a public manner.

Oh, the Heat won on Friday night to force a Game 7 up in Canada. Here’s to Toronto eliminating our sunshine state foe on Sunday.

 

Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO.

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Although Shocking, Scott Skiles’ Departure is Positive News

2016 May 12
by Adam Papageorgiou
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The basketball world was stunned on Thursday when news broke that Scott Skiles resigned from his Orlando Magic head coaching post. This comes a year after the Magic fired Jacque Vaughn and didn’t retain interim head coach James Borrego in order to hire the 52-year-old former Magic point guard.

I’m sure more details will leak out – they have to with all of the gaps remaining in this story – as the days progress. We haven’t heard Scott Skiles’ perspective yet after all. It’s alarming though that Skiles just flat out quit, abandoning – depending on what we find out about the separation agreement – millions of dollars, his coaching staff, and a 35-47 team that improved by ten games from last season.

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Danilo Nikolic to Play for Magic at Orlando Summer League

2016 May 6
by Adam Papageorgiou
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KK Mega Leks

The Orlando Magic may have their first player commitment for the upcoming Orlando Summer League that will take place July 2nd-8th. Danilo Nikolic is a 23-year-old 6’9″ stretch PF who, according to his agent Misko Raznatovic, will be running up and down the Amway Center practice court while wearing a Magic jersey.

 

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Gun Charges May Cost Keith Appling Magic Career and More

2016 May 5
by Adam Papageorgiou

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You’ve probably already read that Keith Appling was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon under the driver’s seat of his car, possession of a loaded firearm in the trunk of his vehicle, and possession of a small amount of marijuana. This all occurred outside of a Dearborn, Michigan strip club last Sunday evening. That state is ‘home’ for Keith.

If the Michigan State alum was packing an AK-47, or visiting a strip joint, or whipped out his weapon from the back of the trunk of his vehicle, or not, is beside the point, the 24-year-old didn’t make the correct decision. If you have to go anywhere with multiple weapons in your possession, then you’re setting yourself up for a situation where the authorities may catch and arrest you. Unfortunately, Michigan’s Mr. Basketball (2010) got caught.

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Where in Florida Should the Magic D-League Team Reside?

2016 April 30
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Orlando Magic are expected to make a final decision later this year on where they want their NBA Development League franchise to reside beginning in the 2017-2018 season. That’s when Orlando’s 3-year single-affiliate relationship with the Erie BayHawks will have ended, and it won’t be renewed.

Since Rob Hennigan became GM, the Magic organization has always wanted its D-League team to be in or near the sunshine state. Erie, Pennsylvania doesn’t exactly meet that criteria. But there are no D-League franchises currently in the southeast part of the country. That’s about to change though. The Charlotte Hornets will have a team in Greensboro, NC next season. The Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans, and Atlanta Hawks are all looking at having teams in the region by 2017, matching Orlando’s ideal timetable.

According to a February report from the Orlando Sentinel, the Magic were expected to receive hosting requests from four Florida venues: ESPN Wide World of Sports’ HP Field House, the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, and The Lakeland Center. Those were confirmed by CEO Alex Martins, and all four were supposed to send official proposals by late-March. I’m assuming they did.

The Magic currently run Erie’s basketball operations as part of their three-year agreement. They manage the coaching staff transact players, but they do not own the BayHawks or run the business operations of the team. So it’ll be pretty easy for Orlando to make the transition. The Magic are supposedly open to having a similar ‘affiliate’ relationship with this next D-League team, but it’s appealing to completely own the team and run everything.

So which of the 4 venues should the Magic pick? Let’s take a look at what we’re dealing with.

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Who Will Sponsor Orlando’s Jersey in the 2017-2018 Season?

2016 April 23
by Adam Papageorgiou

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A 3-year pilot program was approved by the NBA owners last week which will allow teams – including your Orlando Magic – to sell a corporate advertising logo on their jerseys. The size of the jersey ads will be quite small at 2.5 inches by 2.5 inches. For anyone that enjoys international soccer or basketball, this is a long time coming and makes a ton of sense for the NBA to earn some easy money.

The program will begin in the 2017-2018 season. That’s when Nike takes over jersey creating duties from Adidas. The hope is that each team will make around $4-6 million per season. The NBA logo was already moved to the back of the jersey, so what you’ll see is the Nike logo on the right, with the advertising logo on the left.

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Reviewing ESPN’s ‘This Magic Moment’ 30 for 30 Film

2016 April 14
by Adam Papageorgiou
Courtesy of ESPN

Courtesy of ESPN

I had the pleasure of seeing the mid-’90s Orlando Magic finally get deserved attention by ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series with their latest production of ‘This Magic Moment’. I saw the film on the ESPN channel like the rest of America did, but I also viewed it the week before the television debut in a cinema.

With that said, here’s my review of the documentary.

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WATCH: Magic Exit Interviews Leading into 2016 Offseason

2016 April 14
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Orlando Magic are certainly disappointed that they are not participating in yet another postseason. The pain of experiencing a horrible stretch from January through mid-March was still in many voices. But they are 10 wins better than last season. They are close to making that next jump. It’s just a matter of how the team chooses to improve itself. Here’s to a successful offseason for all associated with the franchise.

Free agency, national team duty, personal and team improvement, all were just some topics brought up.

Rob Hennigan:

 

Scott Skiles:

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