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.
Below are interviews of Evan Fournier, Nikola Vucevic (with an O’Quinn assist), and Channing Frye.
The Orlando Magic’s D-League affiliate the Erie BayHawks officially announced the acquisitions of Seth Curry, Peyton Siva, Kadeem Batts, and Drew Crawford on Thursday as well as finalizing Head Coach Bill Peterson’s coaching staff. Saturday was the NBDL Draft in which Erie selected 7 players. The BayHawks chose Mercer forward Daniel Coursey (6’10, 220, Mercer) with their first pick, which came at the second selection of the second round. Erie didn’t have a first rounder because it was traded to the Santa Cruz Warriors last season for Jeremy Tyler and Scott Suggs. Coursey averaged 10.1 ppg and 6.4 rpg with Mercer, which upset Duke in the second round of the NCAA tourney in April.
Erie then selected John Bohannon (6’11, 210, UTEP) with their second selection of the second round. Bohannon led his UTEP last year in rebounds at 8.3 per contest. In later rounds, the BayHawks took guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (6’4, 210, Ohio State) in the fourth, guard Kevin Anderson (6’0, 175, Richmond) in the fifth, guard Travis Betran (6’3, 185, AustinPeay) in the sixth, center Marcus Goode (6’10, 295, Benedict College) in the seventh, and guard Justin Simmons (6’3, 190, Nebraska-Omaha) in the eighth and last round.
The BayHawks also added four players from the Erie tryout and two players are returning from last season. Marcel Anderson (6’1, 180, Harris Stowe State) played eight games for Erie last year and Darren White (6’4, 210, Campbell) played entire ’13-’14 season.
Alvin Brown (6’10, 210, South Carolina-Aiken), Mike Schachtner (6’9, 215, Green Bay), Marquis Weddle (6’1, 185, Tennessee-Martin), and Jarvis Williams (6’6, 195, Minnesota State-Mankato) were the 4 players invited to training camp following their Erie tryouts.
Below is Erie’s full roster with training camp beginning November 4th at Penn State Behrend’s Junker Center. The roster stands at 17 players, matching the maximum allowed by the league.
The Orlando Magic and Florida Hospital on Saturday teamed up to bring awareness to prostate cancer and the importance of screening for men during Prostate Cancer Awareness Night. NBA legend Oscar Robertson was at Amway Center for the game and to talk about prostate cancer. During a timeout of the Raptors-Magic game, the Big ‘O’ was featured at halfcourt in the first half.
— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) November 2, 2014
Magic fans at Amway Center were given 10,000 blue and white paper mustaches (the popular symbol for prostate cancer and men’s health awareness). Fans snapped pictures and shared them on social media with #MagicMustache.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, and one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. When detected early, prostate cancer is treatable and beatable. After being diagnosed with prostate cancer several years ago, Oscar Robertson was treated by Dr. Vipul Patel and his team at the Global Robotics Institute at Florida Hospital Celebration Health. Robertson and Patel encourage men to talk to their physicians about routine prostate cancer screening.
Games like tonight’s loss against the Raptors are beyond frustrating. The Magic did everything right defensively by holding Toronto to under 40% from the field and less than 19% from 3-point range, while at the same time distributing the ball way better than the Raptors did (25-13 assists). All of that hard work was taken away because the referees decided to heavily impact the contest with their personal foul distribution. What’s worse is that there’s no chance in hell a Magic player or coach could/would discuss it for fear of being fined by the league. This team has made mistakes, but they don’t deserve to be without a win three games into the season.
The Orlando Magic moved to 0-3 on the young 2014-2015 regular season campaign as they lost to the Toronto Raptors 108-95 on Saturday night. It was very frustrating evening from a Magic perspective. The Magic were called for 37 personal fouls while it was only 21 for the Raptors. Toronto finished 38-of-48 from the free throw line while Orlando managed to go 12-for-24 from the charity stripe. It can be argued that Orlando played better than Toronto as they won the assist battle 25-13 while holding the Raptors to 39.8 FG% in the contest and holding Toronto to 4-of-21 from 3-point range. It was just those referee whistles making the largest difference.
DeMar DeRozan led all scorers with 26 points in the victory. Kyle Lowry added 21 points for Toronto. Evan Fournier led the Magic in scoring with 18 points. Rookie Elfrid Payton tallied a career-high 16 points, 9 assists, and 3 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic contributed 15 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out. Tobias Harris and Channing Frye both struggled from the field, notching 11 points each.
Below is the full game recap.
The Orlando Magic are 0-2 and preparing for this Saturday’s contest against the Toronto Raptors, but today was all about Victor Oladipo talking about his facial fracture and Maurice Harkless trying to manage not playing. You can see both players are having to deal with various frustrations but are maintaining positive attitudes. You feel especially bad for Oladipo and the stuff he’s had to go through one month into this ’14-’15 campaign. Vic saying the elbow he took to the face felt like “a bat”. We now know that ‘Dipo needed a plate and three screws to repair the damage to his face.
As you can guess, the Orlando Magic locker room wasn’t in much of a cheerful move on Thursday night. Nice to see great games out of Ben Gordon and Evan Fournier at least. Also, Head Coach Jacque Vaughn says he hasn’t forgotten about Maurice Harkless. Channing Frye was thrilled to be back on the court.
Below are interviews of Ben Gordon, Evan Fournier, Channing Frye, and Nikola Vucevic.
Despite a blistering 4th quarter comeback from a 17-point deficit, the Orlando Magic lost their home opener 105-98 to the Washington Wizards on Thursday night. Orlando won the final period 32-23 but early turnovers were why the Magic didn’t prevail. Orlando lost the turnover battle 18-12. It negated the Magic shooting 51.4 FG%. The Wizards were led by John Wall and his 30 points and 12 assists as well as a 20-point, 12-rebound showing by Marcin Gortat.
The Magic were led by Nikola Vucevic who had 23 points and 12 rebounds. Vooch sadly went cold late in the fourth period. Evan Fournier was 8-of-10 from the field and tallied 21 points while Ben Gordon had a solid 22 points off the bench. Amway Center was a sellout and it sounded like it had 18,846 in there.
Below is the full game recap.
The Orlando Magic on Thursday announced the Development League signings of Seth Curry, Peyton Siva, Kadeem Batts and Drew Crawford to the Erie BayHawks. All four players were signed by Orlando on September 29th and waived on October 25 and will join the BayHawks training camp roster. Erie acquired the NBA D-League returning player rights of Curry in a trade with the Santa Cruz Warriors on October 7th. Peyton, Batts, and Crawford join the team via the affiliate players rule. The rule allows D-League teams to claim the rights of up to four players waived from their parent club.
The Magic today also announced the hiring of several positions to complete the Erie BayHawks coaching staff for this season. The new hires include assistant coaches Anthony Goldwire and Nate Babcock, head athletic trainer Mark Mahoney, strength and conditioning coach Sheldon Dunlap, coach’s associate Reggie King, and interns Tanner Massey and Ryan Pannone.
Goldwire served as an assistant coach for the Tulsa 66ers last season after being an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks from 2010-13 where he met current BayHawks head coach Bill Peterson, who was also an assistant. Goldwire spent eight years in the NBA as a player.
Babcock was previously an assistant coach for Grand Valley State University from 2012-14 where he helped lead the Lakers to two consecutive 19-win seasons. He spent the previous three years on the coaching staff at Michigan State; two as a graduate assistant coach from 2009-11 and one as a special assistant during the 2011-12 season.
Mahoney served as the head athletic trainer for the Springfield Armor for three seasons and this past summer was the head athletic trainer for the NBA D-League Select Team in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League.
Dunlap, a certified strength & conditioning specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association, previously worked with the Duke Sports Performance Staff as a volunteer coaching assistant in 2012 and assisted with the design and implementation of sports performance programs for all Olympic sports teams and men’s and women’s basketball.
King returns to the BayHawks after serving as a coach’s assistant last year, following a four-year playing career at Winthrop University.
Massey served as an assistant coach for Union College in Kentucky last year and before that, was a video coordinator for the University of South Carolina.
The BayHawks start their season on November 14th 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.
Enjoy this video of your 2014-2015 Orlando Magic players and coaching staff being introduced in front of the Amway Center crowd for the home opener. Can’t ever go wrong with good music, pyrotechnics, and state-of-the-art 3-D court graphics.