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Magic Entertain Their Fans at Open Practice

2014 October 20
by Adam Papageorgiou

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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.

 

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

Magic Celebrate NBA Cares Week with Two Volunteer Projects

2014 October 20
by Adam Papageorgiou

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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.

 

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

Magic 8-Ball: Can We Just Forget Saturday’s Sixers Game?

2014 October 20
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

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.

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Aaron Gordon Pounds Pistons with Two Powerful Dunks

2014 October 18
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

 

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.

Considering Andre Drummond is Stan Van Gundy’s Dwight Howard-like defensive center project, it’s very encouraging to see Aaron get the better of Drummond athletically on both highlight plays.

It’s always nice to hear Magic radio guys Dennis Neumann and Richie Adubato on the play-by-play.

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

Pistons-Magic Postgame Preseason Locker Room Interviews

2014 October 17
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

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.

Jacque Vaughn:

 

Below are interviews of Kyle O’Quinn, Tobias Harris, and Aaron Gordon.

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Magic Dispatch of Detroit to Move to 4-1 in the Preseason

2014 October 17
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

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.

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Stan Van Gundy Returns to Amway Center Cheers

2014 October 17
by Adam Papageorgiou

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Even with it being preseason-sized crowd, you knew Orlando Magic fans inside Amway Center would give Pistons Head Coach Stan Van Gundy a warm welcome.

 

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

 

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Magic 8-Ball: The Start of Something Fun

2014 October 17
by Adam Papageorgiou

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First of all, ‘thank you’ to the anonymous comment dropped here that is the main inspiration for this ‘Magic 8-Ball’ idea of what will hopefully be a series moving forward.  I searched Google and there has surprisingly never been an Orlando Magic 8-ball piece, let alone a series. So we here at MBO are more than happy to get it going. There’s going to be some experimenting, but basically it’s going to be a Magic-specific version of ESPN’s Daily Dime only on an abbreviated level because we don’t have an army of guys to write 500+ word pieces on a daily basis. We’d be more than thrilled to accept donations to change that.

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. So here we go as we’re hours away from the Magic taking on Detroit.

 

#1: Grantland Forgets Kyle O’Quinn Exists

As Brian Serra posted today, Grantland ranks the Magic as the 25th-best team in the NBA. Whether you agree with their Will Smith references, their doctor diagnosis of Head Coach of Jacque Vaughn, or not is entirely your opinion. However, when breaking down Orlando’s rotation, there’s a certain bearded individual missing.

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That’s fine if you don’t think Devyn Marble or Dewayne Dedmon will have big roles, but Kyle O’Quinn started 19 games last season and plays a lot of minutes at both PF and center. At least Bill Simmons thinks Elfrid Payton is going to win Rookie of the Year.

 

Below are #2 through #8.

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Elfrid Payton and Aaron Gordon: Predestined Duo?

2014 October 17
by Brian Serra
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Screenshot via Grantland’s Orlando Magic season preview

The question was raised on the Grantland NBA Season Preview for the Orlando Magic, was Elfrid Payton put on this earth to throw Aaron Gordon alley-oops? LEGITIMATE QUESTION!

Or maybe it works both ways… as seen in the video below. Regardless, these two having the chemistry and engagement with each other that they do, is nothing but good news for the Magic.

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Pistons-Magic Preseason Shootaround Interviews

2014 October 17
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Orlando Magic are hosting the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. The game may not matter as much as the return of former Magic Head Coach Stan Van Gundy to Amway Center. SVG was in the arena for Summer League when Detroit hired him, but this will be the first time he’s truly facing his ex-employer. A lot changes in 2 years. There are no Magic players and little staff still in Orlando from the last time SVG was with the Orlando franchise. Stan is still determined to wear flip-flops and shorts until Thanksgiving. Something tells me Detroit weather won’t allow that.

Anyway, on to Magic news. Jacque Vaughn is planning to rest certain players tonight while sitting others Saturday night in Allentown, PA when Orlando takes on the Philadelphia 76ers. Aaron Gordon talked dribbling and how he would love to participate in the All-Star Weekend dunk contest, so get the campaign going. Elfrid Payton does indeed love to wear hats. If I had that hair, I wouldn’t cover it up. Evan Fournier also mentions how he and Nikola Vucevic do communicate in French while on the court A French Connection indeed.

Stan Van Gundy:

 

Below are interviews of Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton, Evan Fournier, and Jacque Vaughn.

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