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A Laughably Long List of Potential Magic Coaching Candidates

2015 April 12
by Adam Papageorgiou

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Even if the Orlando Magic win their final two games of the season, that would still only give interim Head Coach James Borrego a 12-18 record heading into the offseason. I love the guy – everyone does – but that’s not good enough to be considered for the full-time position. The Magic are playing better under Borrego and lead assistant Igor Kokoskov since Jacque Vaughn was let go, but there are still way too many inconsistencies that can’t go unnoticed with how the team peforms. The Magic most likely need a clean slate in their coaching ranks as much as they need some player transactions. The players I’ll focus on in another piece.

I believe that the Magic ideally need someone who has multiple years of NBA head coaching experience for multiple teams. The front office seems open to bringing in another assistant or college guy, but that’s more risky considering that the Magic must make the playoffs next season. Also, how much player personnel power will the new Head Coach want?

Thankfully, there’s an outrageously long list of candidates to interview for the Head Coach spot. So the Magic are bound to find the right fit.

Let’s take a look.

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Orlando Concludes 4th-Worst Home Season in Team History

2015 April 12
by Adam Papageorgiou
AP Photo/John Raoux

AP Photo/John Raoux

The Orlando Magic have concluded their home schedule of the 2014-2015 season with a 13-28 record. That is 4th-worst all-time in franchise history:

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Well, tied for 4th-worst, but this 2014-2015 team should have been better than the ’91-’92 squad that was just in its third NBA season. The seasons highlighted in yellow are Lockout seasons. ’03-’04 was the infamous final season of Juwan Howard, Tyronn Lue and Reece Gaines at point guard, a Tracy McGrady that quit, and Drew Gooden gone crazy. ’89-’90 was of course the inaugural crew so of course they weren’t going to be good.

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Knicks-Magic Postgame Interviews to Conclude Home Season

2015 April 11
by Adam Papageorgiou
AP Photo/John Raoux

AP Photo/John Raoux

That’s just a bad way for the Orlando Magic to finish their home season. A 13-28 record at Amway Center is not something to be proud of.

Willie Green:

 

Tobias Harris:

 

James Borrego:

 

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

Magic Lose to Knicks to Spoil Fan Appreciation Weekend

2015 April 11
by Adam Papageorgiou
AP Photo/John Raoux

AP Photo/John Raoux

The Orlando Magic and New York Knicks put on a historically awful performance on Saturday night, particularly in the second quarter. Orlando lost 80-79 and shot 35.7 FG%.Review the game recap below for more of those details, but it was a horrendous contest to witness overall. Atrocious basketball from the Magic, and to do it on Fan Appreciation Weekend too. The Magic finish the season 13-28 at home and 5-7 in their Pride jerseys.

Cole Aldrich led the Knicks with a career-high 19 points and 14 rebounds. Tim Hardaway Jr. was 4-of-16 in the game, but had seven clutch fourth period points to give him 13 on the night. Victor Oladipo led the Magic with 21 points. Tobias Harris contributed 15 points while Nikola Vucevic notched 12 points and 13 rebounds. It’s a stunning defeat at the hands of a Knicks team that is trying to lock up the worst record in the NBA.

 

Below is the full game recap. 

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Looking at Orlando’s Final Defensive Play Against Toronto

2015 April 11
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Orlando Magic had a lot of high and low moments in their loss to the Toronto Raptors, but obviously the final stinging bullet was this drive and kick out by DeMar DeRozan to Louis Williams for the corner 3-pointer.

Let’s take a look.

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Magic to Help Give a Special Home Award Tonight

2015 April 11
by Adam Papageorgiou

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As part of the Orlando Magic’s Fan Appreciation Weekend activities, the Magic on Saturday will join Chase and Building Homes for Heroes to honor Army Sergeant Alan Wyrwa and his wife, Erika along with their two daughters, at the April 11th Magic vs. Knicks matchup. Building Homes for Heroes recently awarded the family a new, mortgage-free home, provided by Chase. During a special presentation, the Wyrwa family will be recognized on the court for their military service and their new mortgage-free home in Kissimmee, FL. that they were recently awarded, courtesy of Chase, along with some special surprises.

In addition to the Magic hosting them at the game in a suite, along with a luxury car service to and from the game, and a private dining experience in Fields Ultimate Lounge, they will be presented with four Disney Park Hopper passes, a two-night Marriott Vacation Club stay, a 40-inch television, bikes for the girls and a $1,500 check for home furnishings.

Building Homes for Heroes is a national non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2006. Building Homes for Heroes is strongly committed to rebuilding lives and supporting the brave men and women who were injured while serving the country during the time of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. The organization builds or modifies homes, and gifts them, mortgage-free, to veterans and their families. The mortgage-free homes to the nation’s veterans and military families around the country is made possible through partners like Chase—a Champion of the Community Partner for the Magic.

Army Sergeant Alan Wyrwa grew up in North Carolina, and joined the Army in 2001. During multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Wyrwa faced constant firefights, IED explosions, and in one situation had his vehicle roll over as the result of an IED. Due to pain that he could no longer endure, Wyrwa was unable to continue defending, securing, and assisting with his unit. He served five tours in war zones before being honorably-discharged in 2013. Sergeant Wyrwa is a decorated soldier having received numerous awards and medals throughout his military career.

 

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

Magic Men Reflect on Difficult Raptors Loss After Game

2015 April 10
by Adam Papageorgiou
AP Photo/John Raoux

AP Photo/John Raoux

Tally up another difficult Orlando Magic loss. Victor Oladipo took this defeat especially hard as we approach the finish line. Hopefully Fan Appreciation Weekend can end on a high note come Saturday.

Victor Oladipo:

 

Below are interviews of James Borrego, Tobias Harris, Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier, and Aaron Gordon.

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Magic Lose Heartbreaker Late to Raptors in Seesaw Finish

2015 April 10
by Adam Papageorgiou
AP Photo/John Raoux

AP Photo/John Raoux

The Orlando Magic are now 25-54 as they lost 101-99 in a crazy finish to their contest against the Toronto Raptors. An outrageously calm pull-up crunch-time 3-pointer by Victor Oladipo put Orlando up 99-98 with 13.8 seconds remaining on Friday night. Onions. But then Louis Williams went into Magic Killer mode and drained a triple with 9.3 seconds left. Orlando would get decent looks from Victor Oladipo and Nikola Vucevic at the end, but couldn’t tie it. It’s a game that embodies Orlando’s season: Close but no cigar. It’s Orlando’s 11th straight loss to the Raptors.

DeMar DeRozan crushed the Magic with 29 points. Tyler Hansbrough added 16 points. Victor Oladipo led Orlando with 19 points. Evan Fournier had eighteen off Orlando’s bench. Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucevic would each pitch in with 16 points. Toronto shot 9-of-30 on 3-pointers.

 

Below is the full game recap.

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Magic CEO Alex Martins Earns Orlando EDC Top Honor

2015 April 10
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC) hosted the 2015 James B. Greene Annual Award dinner Thursday night. The EDC presented its top honor to Alex Martins, chief executive officer of the Orlando Magic. The James B. Greene Economic Development Award, first presented in 1990, is the highest honor bestowed by the EDC. The award recognizes an individual whose work has contributed substantially to the economic prosperity of the region.

Martins, who has spent 27 years in professional sports management, was instrumental in securing the state-of-the-art Amway Center, which was named the 2012 SportsBusiness Journal’s “Facility of the Year” and received the 2013 StadiumBusiness “Customer Experience Award”. Martins was also instrumental in bringing the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend to Orlando and its $95 million economic impact. Martins is currently leading a sports and entertainment district project adjacent to the Amway Center. The project represents a $200 million-plus investment by the Magic and its partners that will create jobs and provide dining, hotel, retail, and entertainment options while continuing the revitalization of downtown Orlando.

During his time in Central Florida, Martins has held several significant roles in the local community. He served as the chairman of the Orlando Economic Development Commission, and on the board of directors for the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation, Visit Orlando, Florida Children’s Hospital, Coalition for the Homeless, the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, and the past chair of the Central Florida Partnership. He is also on the University of Central Florida board of trustees.

A Chairman’s Award was also given out this year to Ken Potrock, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Vacation Club and Adventures by Disney. The EDC Chairman’s Award, first presented in 2007, recognizes a long-term contributor to the work of the Orlando EDC.

 

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

Magic Players Meet Orlando Fans at Chase Bank

2015 April 9

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The kickoff to Orlando Magic Fan Appreciation Weekend began Thursday afternoon as Magic players Tobias Harris, Nikola Vucevic, and Elfrid Payton visited the Chase bank located at 608 N Orlando Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789 to meet fans and sign autographs 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

STUFF was there too.

 

 

As you can see, the line of people went beyond the bank’s interior.  

 

There were tickets and other free giveaways for Magic fans to claim. A lot of items got autographed. A lot.

 

 

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