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Erie BayHawks Roster Cut Down to 14 Players

2014 November 7
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Erie BayHawks – NBDL affiliate of the Orlando Magic – have made their first cuts as they waived guard Marcel Anderson, guard Marquis Weddle, and center Alvin Brown as they are currently in training camp. The active roster now stands at 14 players.

Remaining Training Camp Roster:

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The BayHawks start their season on November 14 when Erie travels to Idaho to face the Stampede on back-to-back nights. The BayHawks then head to Erie Insurance Arena for their home tip-off weekend to host the defending D-League Champion Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

 

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

 

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Magic Fan Viewer Appreciation Night Set for November 12th

2014 November 6

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The Orlando Magic and FOX Sports Florida will award five random fans with great on-air prizes during the live November 12th television broadcast of the Magic’s road game against the New York Knicks. Click here to enter. You must be 18 years old or older and be a resident within 75 miles of Orlando.

Four (4) first prize winners will receive an Orlando Magic Pride Jersey. One (1) grand prize winner will receive a Pride Jersey and a trip for 30 to an Orlando Magic game with transportation on the FOX Sports Fan Express! Twenty-five (25) second prize winners will also win a prize pack from FOX Sports Florida and the Orlando Magic. No purchase necessary, folks have until 11:59 p.m. EST on November 9th to enter.

 

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

 

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Magic to Host Seats for Soldiers Night on November 7th

2014 November 6
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Orlando Magic and Harris Corporation have teamed up for the 11th consecutive season to honor military men, women, and their families with Seats for Soldiers Night this coming Friday on November 7th when the Magic take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at Amway Center at 7 p.m. that evening.

The event provides game tickets for more than 2,000 active and retired military personnel and their families courtesy of the Magic, Harris Corporation, and season ticket holders who donated their seats for the occasion. Seats for Soldiers participating military outfits include Patrick Air Force Base, The Wounded Warrior Project, Orlando Marine affiliate, Orlando Army affiliate, MacDill Air Force Base, U.S. Army PEO STRI, and Greater Jacksonville Area USO.

Harris is also providing courtside seats to US Army Sgt. Bacary Sambou and his family to acknowledge his sacrifices. Sgt. Sambou was wounded in action in March 2012 and will be honored in a special halftime presentation during the game.

Sgt. Sambou, joined the Army in October 1997, and is an active duty Army member who was wounded in action by an improvised explosive device while delivering supplies to a sister unit in Afghanistan. During the explosion, Sgt. Sambou suffered a spinal cord injury, two broken ribs, a broken foot, and mild traumatic brain injury. For his courageous efforts while on tour, Sgt. Sambou received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, three Army Commendation Medals, Iraq Campaign Medal and Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

“It is truly the Orlando Magic’s honor to recognize the brave men and women who dedicate their lives in service of our great country,” said Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins.  “Together with Harris Corporation, we recognize the sacrifices made by not only the men and women in uniform but their families as well. They are all heroes.”

On Friday the Magic will also host a military-themed pre-game Fan Fest presented by FanDuel including military Humvees, a rock wall, and military simulators. Other highlights include volunteer uniformed officers distributing game programs to fans entering the Disney Atrium, the national anthem performed by a military member, and a military-themed performance by the Magic Dancers. The Magic, Harris, and Levy Restaurants will host a postgame reception for more than 100 pre-selected active and retired military personnel and their families, with food and beverage courtesy of Levy Restaurants and an opportunity to meet Magic players.

The night will also feature recognition of a Hometown Hero presented by Harris Corporation, Staff Sergeant Steven Perez. Hometown Hero is an ongoing in-game recognition honoring first responders in the Central Florida community including emergency medical, fire, police and military.

 

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

Tobias’ Game-Winner Resembles a Famous 2009 Magic Shot

2014 November 6
Photo by Jesse Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Photos by Jesse Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Tobias Harris‘s game-winner Wednesday night can remind Orlando Magic fans of a very familiar shot back in 2009. You be the judge.

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Orlando Magic v Philadelphia 76ers, Game 4

I’d say there’s tops a 2-foot difference between the two. Same photographer too. Obviously Hedo Turkoglu‘s shot won Game 4 of the 2009 first round series against Philadelphia to even up that Sixers showdown and shift the momentum back to Orlando. Chasing Hedo were Courtney Lee and Rashard Lewis. Tobias had Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucevic running after him in celebration.

Hedo went vintage jersey pop to show off the ‘ORLANDO’. Tobias when new school with the little dance.

Willie Green was on the court for that ’09 play, and Green is now on this current Magic team.

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

Tobias Harris’ Game-Winner Earns Magic 1st Victory

2014 November 5
by Adam Papageorgiou
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Photo by Jesse Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Never a doubt, right? Tobias Harris hit a long 2-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Orlando Magic to a 91-89 buzzer beating victory in Philadelphia on Wednesday night. Orlando moves to 1-4 on the season. Any road win is a great win, even against a now 0-5 Sixers team. Tobias Harris led the Magic in scoring with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Channing Frye got his first Magic double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic and his four-game streak of double-doubles ended, but Vooch still added 17 points. Ben Gordon tallied an important 15 points off the bench.

Elfrid Payton deserves a lot of praise for Orlando being in the position to win as you’ll see in the full recap below. 8 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals doesn’t nearly give the rookie enough credit for his phenomenal solo play in the final minute. The Magic survived despite coughing up 25 turnovers. Orlando out-rebounded Philly 51-38. Orlando was 10-of-12 from the free throw line, not attempting a single free throw in the fourth period. Sixers were 15-for-23 from the charity stripe. Magic shot a bad 3-of-20 from 3-point range. It was a gritty Orlando win. Tony Wroten scored 27 points for the 76ers, and Brandon Davies managed twenty.

 

 

Below is the full game recap.

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Magic 8-Ball: Is Orlando’s First Winnable Game Tonight?

2014 November 5
by Adam Papageorgiou

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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: Elfrid Payton is in Good Historic Company

 

   

#2 through #8 are below.  

 

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Bulls Beat Magic as Orlando Cools Down in 2nd Half

2014 November 4
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images

The Orlando Magic are 0-4 this season as they lost 98-90 in Chicago on Tuesday night. Bulls took the game with a 29-21 fourth period. At least Orlando prevented Chicago fans from getting free McDonald’s Big Macs. It’s frustrating because the Magic can’t put together a complete performance. They’ve played four potential playoff teams well, yet not one victory. Magic only shot 43.2 FG% but won the rebound battle 48-44. Chicago did their damage at the free throw line by making 21-of-27 while Orlando only hoisted 8-of-14 from the charity stripe. Tough for the Magic to win when you score only 17 points in the third and 21 in the fourth period.

Tobias Harris led the Magic with 21 points and 9 rebounds as T12 got out of his slump thanks to a 9-of-15 outing. Nikola Vucevic added another double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds, but Vooch had 6 of the Magic’s 13 turnovers. Evan Fournier was the only other Orlando man in double figures with 13 points as his 5-of-14 shooting indicated an ice cold second half. Elfrid Payton notched 9 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds but shot 3-for-14 from the field due to getting 5 of his shots blocked. Jimmy Butler led Chicago with 21 points while Taj Gibson and Pau Gasol each contributed 16 points.

 

Below is the full game recap.

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Orlando Magic Winning BINGO: 2014-2015 Edition

2014 November 3
by Adam Papageorgiou

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OH YES! The favorite alcoholic and sober Orlando Magic game of choice is back! This time it’s with a twist. WE’RE NOT TANKING ANYMORE! So hold on to last season’s cards as a collector’s item.

I’m going to take the blame for the Magic starting 0-3 because I didn’t make the BINGO cards available at an earlier date. So get ready to go 79-0 the rest of the way.

The majority of the 25 pieces are self-explanatory, but I’ll break them down so you know what each piece means.

MAGIC WIN!!!

The ‘Free’ piece isn’t so free this time. But if Orlando wins their game, odds are you’re on the right track to victory. Plus, 50% off Papa John’s pizza the next day with the code MAGICWIN.

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Maurice Harkless only needs to make one 3-pointer to mark this spot off.

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Andrew Nicholson is kind of this era’s Brandon Bass. The Canadian doesn’t pass much, so it’s always great to see ‘Drew dish one off.

#ArriveAlive

Even though we haven’t see any new Tobias Harris ‘Arrive Alive’ commercials, Magic fans and media should still refer to #ArriveAlive every time T12 gets a dunk.

#MoreChampagne

You know the origin story of Evan Fournier and his epic nickname. Any time the Frenchman drains a 3-pointer or comes up with a fantastic play, drop that #MoreChampagne request.

 

Below are the remaining explanations and different BINGO boards.

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Tobias Harris is Betting on Himself…He Should

2014 November 3
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

By now you know that Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris didn’t agree to a contract extension with the franchise by the October 31st deadline. T12 will now be a Restricted Free Agent in the upcoming summer. Is Tobias ‘a little disappointed’? Sure. The 22-year-old is nicknamed All Business for a reason. He knows that being a professional in the NBA is a business venture as much as a playing dream. This will only motivate Harris more to have his best season ever and he’s going to bet on himself to get paid in the upcoming offseason.

I wouldn’t fret if I’m Tobias. Not when Alec Burks received a 4-year, $42 million extension and Ricky Rubio nabbed a 4-year, $55 million extension (more than Nikola Vucevic). When Tobias is healthy and receiving adequate minutes, he’s way better than each of those players.

Here’s my theory as to why the Magic didn’t negotiate past the supposed $8 million or $9 million per year the franchise initially offered to Tobias: They’re leaving the door open in case a player like Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Jimmy Butler, DeAndre Jordan, or even Marc Gasol becomes available to acquire. All of them are either restricted or unrestricted free agents in the summer of 2015. Each of those players you can make an argument provide a unique output that varies from Harris. Who knows what players Rob Hennigan and Jacque Vaughn prefer.

But Tobias isn’t going anywhere unless the Magic want to let Harris go. T12 is restricted. If someone is crazy enough to offer him a Klay Thompson-like max deal at $17.5 million per season, the Magic can choose to match it or not. Plain and simple.

Just based off of the Orlando Magic Stuff podcast I participated in last night, there’s a lot of various viewpoints as to what Tobias is worth. We still don’t know for certain if Tobias is a PF or an SF. I’m very confident that T12 is a small forward, especially now that he’s in the best shape of his life. There are even some that believe T12 is more effective off the bench. It’s rumored Harris was seeking $12 million per season. Well that’s what Nikola Vucevic got and right now Vooch is the more valuable Magic player between him and Harris. Plus, it’s way more difficult to find a great center than a forward. The Magic are forward-heavy with Channing Frye, Aaron Gordon, Kyle O’Quinn, Maurice Harkless, Andrew Nicholson, Devyn Marble, and Evan Fournier on the roster.

Probably the largest obstacle in the way of Tobias making the leap has been his lack of a full season. The most games in a season Tobias has played in were the 61 contests last season. Teenage Tobias got little time in Milwaukee for a variety of reasons. The ’13-’14 campaign in Orlando has been Harris’ only season on one team. Ankle issues forced Harris out of the lineup early in the season and it took him until February to fully be back at 100%. In those 28 games following the All-Star Break – only 9 of which Tobias started – Harris notched 15.8 ppg and 6.3 rpg at 50.8 FG% and 38.1 3PT% at only 28 minutes per contest.

Tobias did everything correctly in the offseason. He changed his diet, he trimmed down while adding muscle to remain at 235 pounds while gaining the necessary agility to be depended on more at small forward. T12 impressed at the Team USA training camp in Las Vegas with Victor Oladipo. Harris shot 51.4 FG% in seven preseason games and even had an outstanding regular season opener in New Orleans. Since figuring out an extension wasn’t coming, Harris struggled in the two home games. 4-of-12 shooting against Washington and 4-of-15 from the field against Toronto isn’t what we’ve come to expect from Orlando’s go-to scorer.

He’s still shooting very well from the perimeter, it’s just T12 hasn’t been able to convert at the rim. I believe it’s just a coincidence. Tobias will adjust and he’ll get back to his successful on-court ways soon. If he doesn’t, then Hennigan and the front office staff have plenty to think about in regards to how much responsibility they wish to give Tobias moving forward.

I’m getting ahead of myself. Tobias is still averaging 16.7 ppg after 3 games and is 3-for-5 from long range. He’s taking on the Carmelo Anthony scoring role that I’ve been expecting. Harris should also be the team’s closer when the situation calls for it. If Tobias plays closer to 82 games than 61 games this season, is scoring efficiently, then he’ll make the Magic front office regret not throwing $10 million or $11 million per season at Harris. Imagine if Orlando gets into the playoff discussion. Then the Magic really have a nightmare salary cap scenario.

We very well could relive what Houston went through in loving Chandler Parson to Dallas for a massive amount of money. Tobias is a confident young man, and I expect Harris to prove plenty of his doubters wrong moving forward. Don’t be shocked if come the summer someone offers Tobias Nik Vucevic money. I’d hate to lose Tobias after all of the growth and development we’ve seen out of him.

 

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

Magic Practice Interviews and Language Deciphering

2014 November 3
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Orlando Magic are preparing for 15 of their next 20 games on the road. They practiced on Monday before hopping on a plane to Chicago to take on the Bulls Tuesday night. No word yet on Kyle O’Quinn and his left ankle injury, but he was in practice gear for the first time in a week as he shot free throws with his teammates. Also in his practice gear and hanging around at the charity stripe was Victor Oladipo. Even with his post-facial fracture surgery, Vic couldn’t resist leaping high for a putback jam attempt. Orlando has been getting to the free throw line more this season (14th in attempts) but are second-to-worst in charity stripe percentage at 66.7 FT%. Evan Fournier has responded well since his preseason shooting struggles, while the Frenchman and Nikola Vucevic continue baffling teammates with what they’re saying.

Jacque Vaughn:

 

Below are interviews of Evan Fournier, Nikola Vucevic (with an O’Quinn assist), and Channing Frye.

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