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Pistons-Magic Preseason Preparation Interviews

2014 October 16
by Adam Papageorgiou

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Following last night’s victory at Amway Center against Flamengo and their loud Brazilian fans, the Orlando Magic held practice Thursday morning in preparation for Stan Van Gundy and his Detroit Pistons visiting on Friday. Coach Jacque Vaughn has been pleased with Andrew Nicholson and how his game is beginning to fine a proper balance. Jacque also discussed what it’s like having four ball-handlers on the floor at times for his squad. Kyle O’Quinn talked about his new 3-point shot while Ben Gordon isn’t yet satisfied with how he’s’ progressed in the preseason. Victor Oladipo and Channing Frye will not be available for Friday’s contest against Detroit.

Ben Gordon:

 

Below are interviews of Jacque Vaughn, Andrew Nicholson, and Kyle O’Quinn.

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Elfrid Payton Dropping Dimes From His Rump

2014 October 16
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Orlando Magic rookie point guard Elfrid Payton will have his roller coaster performances throughout his first NBA campaign. It’s expected. But don’t let that prevent him from providing extraordinary assists such as the one he gave Tobias Harris last night against Flamengo. You see Elfrid driving into the paint with his familiar diligent nature. Payton tried to give a side bounce pass to Nikola Vucevic that Walter Herrmann was able to get a hand on. Elfrid immediately gets on the ground and wins the loose ball. The instant Elfrid lifts his head up, he knows T12 is cutting to the basket. Here’s the bounce pass assist result:

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

Flamengo-Magic Postgame Preseason Interviews

2014 October 15
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Can you feel it? Your Orlando Magic are 3-1 in the preseason. Exhibitions or not, having a winning record feels outstanding. Head Coach Jacque Vaughn has been overall pleased with the progress of his squad. Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton continue to get comfortable with NBA speed situations. Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris continue to display their growing contract extension value. Everyone was pleased at a job well done in front of home and festive Brazilian fans.

Aaron Gordon:

 

Below are interviews of Jacque Vaughn, Nikola Vucevic, Elfrid Payton, and Tobias Harris.

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Aaron Gordon Provides Dunk Sample Against Flamengo

2014 October 15
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

This is just a sampling of what’s to come from Orlando Magic rookie Aaron Gordon. Start pushing for ‘AG’ to be jamming at All-Star Weekend. It’s nice to have a 19-year-old freak of athletic nature on your squad.

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#00 says he dunked around the Flamengo defender. I’m not so sure.

 

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

Orlando Magic defeat Flamengo to win preseason home opener

2014 October 15
by Brian Serra

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The Orlando Magic made their 2014-2015 home debut on Wednesday night with a preseason victory against the Brazilian powerhouse Flamengo. Despite the home opener, it often seemed like the Flamengo cheers and chants were overtaking the building. While the chants were energizing, it wasn’t enough to propel the visiting Rio squad who ultimately fell to the Magic 106-88.

Nik Vucevic led the Magic on the night with 20 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, Tobias Harris scored 14. Both players are having strong preseasons and continue to show their worth at a key point in contract extension negotiations.

“I’ve been able to be at some international games, and just the livelihood of the crowd and unison of the chants is pretty cool” – Magic Head Coach Jacque Vaughn on the atmosphere of the Flamengo fans.

Aaron Gordon had 15 points on the night including a thunderous dunk late in the 4th quarter. His scoring opportunities tonight came all around the rim and that will continue to be that way throughout the year – but if he hustles and converts the garbage opportunities, he will earn his playing time at a crowded position. Coach Vaughn specifically called out and praised Aaron’s aggressiveness on the floor and his obvious hunger.

The young point guard Elfrid Payton had a bad scoring night (2-5 shooting for 5 points, 30 minutes), but continues to impress with the way he creates for his teammates and pesters the opposing team on the defensive end. While he did have five assists and four rebounds, the six turnovers are what jumps out – and is the only thing holding him back from locking in the starting PG spot on opening night.

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Flamengo-Magic Preseason Shootaround Interviews

2014 October 15
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Orlando Magic are hosting their first preseason home game of the season tonight. Their opponents are Brazilian powerhouse Flamengo. Coach Jacque Vaughn says Willie Green is available to play in his first contest as a member of the Magic. Green had hyper-extended his left knee in training camp. That means Orlando has 13 available players with Victor Oladipo and Channing Frye still out. Coach Vaughn says he WON’T give his players a scouting report of Flamengo. Orlando will focus more on their own defensive strategy and wants his guys to figure things out on the court.

Expect a free flowing game. Flamengo has had almost a week to prepare for the Magic after losing in Phoenix to the Suns last Wednesday. They actually held their own before the Suns prevailed thanks to transition chances. It’s the first time a Brazilian team is in the U.S. to play preseason friendlies. Walter Herrmann is the most recognizable player on their roster. Herrmann along with solid 24-year-old point guard Nicolas Laprovittola played for the Argentinian national team at the recent FIBA World Cup. Flamengo’s captain, Marcelinho Machado, played for Brazil’s national team at that tournament and even faced off against France and Evan Fournier in the first group stage contest. Flamengo has a rich soccer and basketball history, and their Twitter account has almost 2 million followers, which is almost a million more than the Magic’s official account. The game will be broadcast live across Brazilian televisions. This Flamengo teams may be one of the strongest South American teams ever. A few weeks ago they took down Euroleague champion Maccabi Tel-Aviv to claim the Intercontinental Cup.

Jacque Vaughn:

 

Below are interviews of Willie Green, Kyle O’Quinn, Tobias Harris, and Maurice Harkless.

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FOX Sports Florida to Host Magic Preseason Special

2014 October 14
by Adam Papageorgiou

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FOX Sports Florida is the regional television home of the Orlando Magic. Well today the network announced that they will premiere a new preseason special before the start of the Magic’s preseason home opener on Wednesday October 15th versus Brazilian side Flamengo.

The “Orlando Magic Preseason Special” will start at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday – prior to tip-off of the Flamengo contest – as David Steele hosts a panel discussion with FOX Sports Florida Orlando Magic analysts Jeff Turner, Brian Hill, Tony Battie and Nick Anderson. Viewers at home will get direct insight of this year’s Magic roster that includes seven returnees and eight new additions in pinstripes. The panel will also analyze how the rest of the NBA is shaping up, and provide their expectations for the coming season.

“Orlando Magic Preseason Special” Re-air Schedule:

Wed     10/15/2014        9:30 p.m.

Tue      10/21/2014        6:30 p.m.

Sat       10/25/2014        10:00 a.m.

Tue      10/28/2014        7:00 p.m.

All Magic regular season games will be shown by FOX Sports Florida this season.

 

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

Flamengo-Magic Preseason Preparation Interviews

2014 October 14
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Orlando Magic are back in town following a tight defeat in Charlotte to the Hornets. Head Coach Jacque Vaughn continues to pleased with his team’s offensive and defensive improvements heading into Wednesday’s home preseason opener against Brazilian side Flamengo. JV talked about Evan Fournier playing three positions, his squad’s increased free throw attempts, Dewayne Dedmon getting better, and more.

Jacque Vaughn:

 

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Aaron Gordon:

 

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

Gringos Locos to Open 2 Locations Inside Amway Center

2014 October 14
by Adam Papageorgiou

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This isn’t a basketball-related story, but this will benefit the taste buds of any Orlando Magic fan that attends a game at Amway Center. Every Central Floridian’s favorite local fast-casual Mexican eatery, Gringos Locosannounced on its Facebook page that they’re opening two new restaurant locations inside Amway Center. Previously, there were only two other locations in and around Downtown Orlando. People who are not big Magic fans will go to games now because of Gringos Locos. Not kidding, it has that type of following.

There will be one Gringos Locos spot directly behind the Budweiser Baseline Bar in the arena that’ll be open for EVERY event hosted by Amway Center. I’m very confident it’ll be the most popular food option during Magic games, concerts, Solar Bear games, and other events. The second location will be in the upper levels and open for most events.

Personally, I think Gringos Locos is better than Tijuana Flats which is another great local fast-casual Mexican food establishment that Orlando can take credit for. Locos make a killer quesadilla and nacho plate.

 

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

Ben Gordon Goes Off as Magic Fall Short in Charlotte

2014 October 13
by Adam Papageorgiou
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Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images

The Orlando Magic just barely fell short of winning a third consecutive road game in this preseason, losing in Charlotte 99-97 to the Hornets. Orlando was led in scoring by Ben Gordon who had 17 points in eighteen minutes off the bench. Some of the circus shots the 31-year-old made I had not seen Ben convert in almost a decade. In his first start, Magic rookie Elfrid Payton tallied 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists as the 20-year-old looks ready to be a permanent starter the way he impacted the offense and defense. Tobias Harris contributed 14 points and 9 rebounds while Nikola Vucevic added 10 points and 7 rebounds as both men were efficient with their touches.

Orlando was playing catch-up much of the evening due to Charlotte playing their starters extended minutes. Al Jefferson tallied 20 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist contributed 14 points. Jannero Pargo was the story though for Charlotte. 16 points, all of it coming in the fourth quarter. Statistically, the main differences in the contest were Charlotte winning the points off turnovers battle (22-13) and second-chance points (17-7). On the bright side, it’s 3 straight entertaining road performances from the Magic. Something we couldn’t mention last season.

 

Below is the full game recap.

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