Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo along with the Denver Nuggets’ Ty Lawson are hosting a celebrity charity weekend at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. this upcoming Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are on sale for Saturday’s 5-hour bowling party. Special guests will include fellow Magic men Kyle O’Quinn and Maurice Harkless, as well as Hornet players Cody Zeller and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cleveland’s Dion Waiters, Detroit’s Greg Monroe, Milwaukee’s Kendall Marshall, and more. Partial proceeds will go to the Team Takeover Inc. mentoring program.
On Sunday there will be a celebrity basketball game held at Georgetown McDonough Arena that will include some of the names previously mentioned and others.
Orlando Magic rookies Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton, and Devyn Marble concluded their 5-day NBA Transition Program on Thursday. Their time in the northeast began with a photo shoot. It then progressed to presentations about health, money managing, charity obligations, adapting to life not on a college campus, and more. Numerous playing and life lessons were learned.
— Devyn Marble (@DevMarble) August 8, 2014
There also was the very popular 2014-2015 NBA Rookie Poll. Devyn, Aaron, Elfrid, and 35 other players from the 2014 Draft class got to vote on a variety of questions. Over half off the rooks polled believe the Milwaukee Bucks’ Jabari Parker will win Rookie of the Year, but Elfrid did garner 5.6% of the votes. Last year, Victor Oladipo and C.J. McCollum tied at 24.2 FG%. Oladipo and Kelly Olynyk also tied for first in the ‘which rookie will have the best career’ question. Michael Carter-Williams was no where to be found.
The ’14 rookie class overall views Payton as a better player than Gordon currently. Gordon did get 10.5% of the votes when the rooks were asked who was most athletic, below Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins. Payton and Gordon polled well when their peers were asked who was the best defender. Elfrid got 10.8% while Aaron received 8.1% of the vote. Victor Oladipo won that question last year with a resounding 62.9%. Kevin Durant is the 2014 class’ favorite NBA player by 25.0% of the voters. It seems like Orlando’s first round rookies are not being over-hyped, but also not underrated.
The folks over at Home Team Hoops have provided some intriguing video of a recent private scrimmage that occurred in the Central Florida area. Orlando Magic fans can get a look at recently signed 31-year-old Ben Gordon going up against 20-year-old Damarcus Croaker. The local product is entering his second season with the Texas Longhorns.
Take the lack of defense with a huge grain of salt since this contest obviously did not matter. At least Ben is drilling a plethora of 3-pointers at the tail end of the clip. Actually, the best part of the video isn’t even the two main guys it’s focused on. It’s all about Marcin Gortat being the ultimate hype man and camera director. However you interpret the clip, no one should expect Gordon to be much of a defensive beast this season.
In the Orlando Magic’s continuing efforts to get kids excited and ready for the upcoming school year, the Magic organization along with Dewayne Dedmon hosted youth at a private screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Thursday at the AMC Altamonte Mall 18 Theater. The youth met Dedmon, Magic Community Ambassador Bo Outlaw, and STUFF. Along with enjoying the movie, the children were treated to popcorn and drinks as well as a Magic goody bag.
— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) August 7, 2014
There were approximately 250 kids that attended from the Parramore Kidz Zone (PKZ), BETA Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Eatonville.
As part of the Orlando Magic’s Back to School efforts and getting local youth ready to start the school year, the Orlando Magic on Thursday are hosting the Hoops for Health Challenge presented by UnitedHealthcare for approximately 800 youth from Orange County Parks and Recreation Summer Program at Barnett Park & Gym (4801 W. Colonial Dr., Orlando, 32808) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The event is not open to the public, the participants have been previously selected.
The event will be broken down into health and wellness activity stations in which young people will participate throughout the day. Activities for the kids include a basketball clinic, a dance clinic, video game trucks, inflatables, obstacle courses and water games. Levy Restaurants will teach the kids about healthy eating habits and how to prepare healthy snacks. Levy will also provide those in attendance with a healthy lunch, and at the end of the day will host a farmer’s market for young people to fill bags with fruits and vegetables to take home with them.
Participating children will be divided into six teams and rotate through multiple activity stations throughout the day. Activity stations include: an Orlando Magic basketball clinic presented by UnitedHealthcare, a dance clinic, Nutrition & Healthy Eating session presented by Levy Restaurants, water activities, and inflatables.
Opening Ceremony: 9:50 – 10:20 a.m.
Activity Stations: 10:30 – Noon
Lunch provided by Levy Restaurants: Noon – 12:30 p.m.
Activity Stations: 12:40 – 3:30 p.m.
Closing Ceremony & Farmer’s Market: 3:45 – 4:15 p.m.
Throughout the year, the Orlando Magic and UnitedHealthcare have partnered to engage Central Florida youth in approximately 53,000 hours of healthy, physical activity.
In what will surely be the Canadian national team’s toughest contest of their European exhibition tour, Spain’s size proved to be too much for Canada to handle. In Coruna, Spain the FIBA World Cup hosts defeated their North American visitors 82-70 on Wednesday. It’s not an awful result considering it was Canada’s sixth game in as many days. Orlando Magic big man Andrew Nicholson came off the bench and scored 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting (3-for-9 on 3-pointers; that’s a lot) and nabbed 5 rebounds in just under 24 minutes of action.
Canada outscored Spain in the second half, 43-35. They were down 47-29 after the first half.
— Canada Basketball (@CanBball) August 6, 2014
New Chicago Bull Pau Gasol tallied 20 points while his brother Marc Gasol as well as Serge Ibaka each poured in 15 points. San Antonio Spur Cory Joseph led Canada with 19 points. Nicholson had the team’s second-highest scoring total. Spain was blowing out their opponent for much of the second and third quarters as Canada shot 39.0 FG% for the contest. Spain’s largest lead was 22 points as a tired Canada side trailed the entire game.
Coach Jay Triano’s squad will stay in Coruna on Thursday for a much needed off day before heading to Granada, Spain for practice sessions on August 8th and 9th. Canada’s tenth contest of their 11-game tour will be on Sunday August 10th against Turkey. The game will be played in Seville, Spain.
Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris is in Johannesburg, South Africa this week for the NBA’s annual Basketball Without Borders event. The league’s program promotes and brings the game of basketball as well as its professional athletes to Africa’s youth. Current NBA players such as Luc Mbah A Moute, Gorgui Dieng, and Joel Embiid have been discovered as prospects because of this NBA Cares event.
— Tobias Harris (@tobias31) August 5, 2014
Harris isn’t the only athlete there. Other known names such as Terrence Jones, Greg Monroe, Amir Johnson, and Andrei Kirilenko are also participating. It’s definitely a very humbling experience when you can give so much of your time and resources to people who have so little. Coincidentally, an earthquake hit Johannesburg on Tuesday. When Tobias has had a break from his duties, the 22-year-old has been visiting local sites such as the Apartheid Museum. This a really cool thing that ‘T12′ is getting himself involved in, and Magic fans should be proud that he’s spending his time on such a great charitable cause.
The NBA’s Rookie Transition Program has been ongoing for the past few days. Orlando Magic new draft selections Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton, and Devyn Marble are in the Northeast learning how to transform from an amateur basketball lifestyle to a professional one. It’s led to some hilarious and fun moments, but also encounters these guys won’t forget. For instance, Elfrid Payton admiring his interaction with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar like any basketball junkie would.
— Inner Light Spectrum (@InnerLightATL) August 5, 2014
However, someone has quite the sense of humor. Boston Celtics rookie Marcus Smart was tasked by ESPN’s SportsNation to complete a scavenger hunt involving other draft class members. That included selecting someone to put on a Superman costume. Actually worse, it was a onesie.
Smart could have chose anyone, but it had to be a Magic player. 18-year-old ‘AG’ was the man selected.
Not since Dwight Howard has an Orlando athlete put on the Superman outfit. Hopefully it’s not a bad future omen.
Canada’s senior men’s national basketball team will depart Italy with a victory as they defeated Bosnia-Herzigovina 84-66 on Tuesday to conclude the 3-day exhibition tournament in the Italian town of Trieste. Orlando Magic big man Andrew Nicholson didn’t start, but still scored 13 points and snagged a rebound. ‘Drew shot 5-of-8 from the field (3-of-6 on three-pointers). Below is his shot chart.
Canada led for most of the contest, but only held a narrow advantage entering the fourth period before utilizing a 20-10 final 10-minute session to blow out their opponent. Boston Celtic Kelly Olynyk paced Canada with 15 points and 6 rebounds while San Antonio Spur Cory Joseph contributed 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists off the bench. Brooklyn Net Mirza Teletovic tallied 17 points in defeat.
There is no rest for the weary just yet as Coach Jay Triano’s Canada squad now travels to Coruna, Spain where they will take on FIBA World Cup hosts Spain on Wednesday. It’ll be the 6th game in six consecutive days that Canada will be playing.
Details about the Orlando Magic’s 2014-2015 NBA schedule are beginning to be released. We know a few of the Magic’s preseason opponents. On October 7th, Orlando travels to Miami to take on their Sunshine State rivals the Heat. October 24th will be the return of Jameer Nelson to Amway Center as the Dallas Mavericks come to O-Town.
Add a new exhibition contest to the list: October 15th the Magic will host Brazilian squad Flamengo at Amway Center.
The news is courtesy of ESPN Brazil. Flamengo plays their home contests in Rio de Janeiro and they’re the first Latin American team to embark on an NBA preseason tour. Last season, they claimed the Brazilian National League title, the FIBA Americas League continental title, and their 40th ‘State’ championship. Their most notable player on their roster are Brazilian legend and team captain Marcelinho Machado. The team also just signed former NBA player Walter Herrmann. Flamengo will also be facing the Phoenix Suns on October 8th as well as the Memphis Grizzlies on October 17th.
Expect more Magic schedule details to leak in the coming days.