Bad news for anyone looking forward to attending the Orlando Magic Pub Crawl on Saturday night. It’s been cancelled. Refunds will be given out over the next week or so. The good news though is that the complimentary tickets to Opening Night against the Washington Wizards at Amway Center on October 28th will still be e-mailed out to those who spent money to attend the pub crawl.
Below is the contents of the e-mail sent out by the event organizers to anyone that purchased tickets:
Dear Orlando Magic Pub Crawler and Fan
On behalf of the Orlando Magic, Orlando Sport & Social Club and Orlando Pub Crawl, we regret to inform you that the Orlando Magic Pub Crawl on Saturday, October 24 has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.
Refunds for your registration fee will be made available within the next 7-10 days. We apologize for this inconvenience and would like to offer you two complimentary game tickets for Opening Night, as the Orlando Magic square off against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, October 28. Tickets will be emailed to you from the Orlando Magic by Monday, October 26.
Thank you for your understanding. We appreciate your support of the Orlando Magic, Orlando Sport and Social Club, and Orlando Pub Crawl events and look forward to seeing you in Amway Center or at one of our other great events in Downt own Orlando in the near future.
Orlando Magic, Orlando Sport and Social Club, and Orlando Pub Crawl
Too bad about the pub crawl, but at least the Magic are making up for it by still handing out the free game tickets. I was looking forward to an all-day and all-night Magic outing though. Orlando Magic Scavenger Hunt in the morning, and some blue and white bar hopping at night. Oh well, maybe next year. We still have the scavenger hunt.
The Orlando Magic roster is now at 17 players after the team waived guards Keith Appling and Jordan Sibert on Monday. It’s not a surprising move. Both are expected to clear waivers and then should become Erie BayHawks where Magic D-League affiliate coach Bill Peterson will get to mold them some more. At least the guys got a nice trip to Brazil out of it.
Both players definitely appeared stronger in Summer League than they did with the Magic during training camp and preseason action.
In 3 games with the Orlando ‘Blue’ squad back in July, the 6’4″ Sibert averaged 11.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, and 1.7 apg on 45.8 FG% and 42.9 3PT% at about twenty minutes per contest. The Dayton Flyer was 0-for-2 from the field the first three games. Didn’t play in Hidalgo against Houston. His fate was sealed when he went 1-of-6 (hey, he made a 3) against Miami at Amway Center last week. Sibert went 0-for-2 in Rio de Janeiro. He’s got a lot of promise though, but he and Appling will fight Tyler Harvey for minutes in Erie.
Speaking of Appling, the 6’1″ Michigan State alum who was on the BayHawks last year started all 5 games for that Orlando ‘White’ team that almost won the Summer League title. Keith averaged 15.6 ppg, 3.0 apg, and 3.0 spg on 50.0 FG% and 40.0 3PT% in about 26 minutes per contest. Very little of the aggressiveness displayed in July, carried over to October unfortunately. Appling dropped 4 points on 1-of-2 scoring in the preseason opener against Charlotte, but went 0-for-2 the next two scoreless contests. Didn’t play in Hidalgo. Going 0-for-2 against Miami in O-Town wasn’t ideal. Keith went 0-for-2 and scored 2 points in Brazil.
The Magic are 4-2 in their exhibition campaign, but have two very tough tests at home remaining against Western Conference opposition: the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, and the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday at Amway Center.
Assuming that GM Rob Hennigan will keep 15 men on his regular season roster, Nnanna Egwu and Greg Stiemsma are the two men clawing to make the team. Egwu I’m certain will end up in Erie by the end of the week. Stiemsma is more of a question mark because he has no guarantees and he finally just saw his first court time after an Achilles injury kept him off of it. But he’s a veteran who is respected for his defense. Melvin Ejim, Devyn Marble, and Andrew Nicholson all have some sort of guaranteed money, but you can’t count any off them as being completely safe to make the squad. We’ll see how Skiles handles minutes, especially for Ejim who hasn’t seen the floor nearly as much as I anticipated.
If you’re not aware by now, the NBA has an exclusive partnership deal with Stance. Stance specializes in clothing, but they’re most famous for their sporting socks. They are now the official on-court sock of the NBA beginning this season. Pictured above you can see what the Orlando Magic will be wearing throughout the 2015-2016 campaign. Fans can purchase them at Stance.com on October 20th. Orlando’s league monopoly on pinstripes continues.
Why post about this? Eh, why not.
No, seriously, we all know how ridiculously massive shoe culture is right now. It has obviously gone overboard though when you read stories about violence occurring because two parties were fighting over shoes that cost three or four hundred dollars. Perspective, folks, perspective.
Anyway, back on track. In recent years, socks have been getting accessorized to the maximum levels of fun craziness. If you followed my West Coast trip in August, you know that I was representing Orlando fantastically with my sock collection. Along with my Orlando City purple collection, and two pairs showing off Lake Eola, I’m also the proud owner of the Anfernee Hardaway and Shaquille O’Neal pair you see below that Stance created.
Shaq and Penny, immortalized forever on my Greek legs. Can’t comprehend a better way to honor that mid-’90s pairing. It shouldn’t seem like the coolest thing in the world, but they put a smile on a lot of peoples faces.
It’s great that what was once a bland article of clothing you wore to stay warm or soak up that delicious sweat, can now be a statement of city and team pride. I will remind my fellow central Floridians though that it does only get cold here maybe a few months out of the year. If that. Although it is a good sign that Orlando is cooling down well before Halloween.
I have no clue how much the new NBA Magic socks will cost you – my guess would be about fifteen to nineteen range – but it’s nice to have progressed to the current variety of sock offerings. Long gone are the days where you were stuck with either plain white or just black.
As part of the NBA’s 2015 Global Games, the Magic found themselves in South America to play a game on Saturday night. They defeated hosts Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 90-73 in a contest in which Orlando never trailed. Defense was the story for the Magic as they held the Brazilian league champions to just 32.1 FG% (25-of-78). Orlando dominated with a 50-24 points in the paint win, but also used their speed advantage to claim the fast break battle 13-2. Flamengo didn’t have the athletes to hang around.
The Magic were led by Nikola Vucevic who had 18 points and 7 rebounds. Victor Oladipo did most of his damage in the first half, finishing with 13 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Shabazz Napier started and tallied 14 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Evan Fournier also started, notching 10 points and 2 steals. Rookie Mario Hezonja had a flashy 9 points and 3 offensive rebounds off the bench.
Here’s the plus-minus of every Magic starter and you tell me if they had great nights. Fournier +23, Harris +21, Vucevic +26, Oladipo +28, Napier +18.
Below is the game recap.
The Orlando Magic are in Brazil this week, and that gives folks time to process how the team has looked so far in training camp and preseason outings so far. Welcome to another edition of MBO roundtable. I’m Adam Papageorgiou and joining me for this terrific threesome of a chat are Brian Serra and Spenser Strode.
It seems like the Magic and Evan Fournier are very open to signing an extension before the November 2nd deadline. What are you offering #MoreChampagne, and why does he deserve those terms? Feel free to use other recent contracts and extensions to make your case.
Tricky, tricky question here on Mr. Fournier. With the cap going up (understatement), the way we’ve historically looked at deals for role-players (scoffs, etc.) will be forced to be dramatically different. Fournier is set to turn just 23 at the end of the month and is a few months younger than both Victor Oladipo (big extension coming next summer) and Tobias Harris (just got paid big). That’s relevant here if you are going to pay for promise.
With that being said, Fournier never projects to be a starter for this team as currently constructed, and as the team gets better, there is a possibility that a veteran could be a better fit in his current role – not to mention that as Mario Hezonja evolves, they could/will play the same position. However, it would still be wise to lock him up to a 4-year extension now and avoid any potential match or not-match situations in the offseason when he is a RFA.
He is a very good pick-and-roll player who thrives with the ball in his hands – and his shooting is rather consistent. The Magic have all the leverage at this point, especially considering Fournier plays at a replaceable position (Kyle Singler got an extension of 5/25). I would offer him a lockstep 4-year, $32M per deal and if he wants to bet on himself then let him.
I would imagine I will be in the minority on this, but I think the Magic are entering a point where they have to be extremely careful about the long-term contracts that they decide to hand out, and extremely selective in terms of deciding which players truly will be part of the long-term core moving forward. To me, Fournier has a lot to prove, which will give the Magic negotiating leverage but also makes it that much more difficult to come to an equitable extension agreement.
Evan has battled various nagging injuries since he arrived last year, and durability has to be a concern at this point. He’s clearly a gifted athlete, can stroke the long ball, and possesses the ability to create on the move. But how much are those skills worth to Orlando, and how much would it cost to pry another player away to offer a similar skillset in a presumable 7th-man role? With the cap increasing, salaries will get crazy and reaches will be made…in a just world Fournier’s next contract would be 3 years for 18-21 million. In the 2016 NBA, don’t be surprised if he gets upwards of $9 million a year…I just wouldn’t want to be the one to give it to him.
I’m actually really comfortable giving Fournier a 4-year, $36 million extension if that’s something Evan and his agent will agree to. If need be, it’s a contract that can be dealt in the future. Fournier proved it early last season with Oladipo out that he can be a starter. John Henson just got $11 million per season from the Bucks, and he’s still viewed as a 24-year-old big man who is an underrated defender with untapped potential.
Evan’s proven his value as a dynamic 6’7″ weapon who can play three positions. Fournier can shoot 3s all day or torch you with drives into the paint. He’s never going to be a great defender, but Evan can be respectable, and he has spurts where he’s very good. Skiles loves Fournier, and he’s not even hiding it. It would be wise to lock him up at this price now, otherwise he’ll be paid a lot more on the open market. For this season, it’s going to be great to watch Hezonja and Fournier play off of each other. They’ll put pressure on Oladipo and Tobias for minutes now and moving forward.
The Orlando Magic are joining local radio station 104.5 The Beat to help host a ‘Hoop It Up’ tournament on November 7th and 8th. It’s a 3-on-3 style competition as that’s what they specialize in. There are unique playing rules. It’s an outdoor tourney, endorsed by FIBA, and it will be held in the streets of downtown.
The Hoop It Up Orlando tournament has 3 levels of competition: recreational (playing for fun), competitive (playing to win), and top gun (playing for glory). Do you get to play slow-mo volleyball in ‘top gun’?
Each team will have four players, ages seven and above with no restrictions on team format. So all-boys, all-girls, men-women teams, it’s all good. If you’re interested, teams can register at www.hoopitup.com. November 4th is the registration deadline.
Here’s the pricing according to the website for age groups. Prices for recreational and competitive teams are the same:
Under 8: $140.00 per team
Under 10: $140.00 per team
Under 12: $140.00 per team
Under 14: $140.00 per team
Under 16: $140.00 per team
Under 18: $140.00 per team
18+: $160.00 per team – Competitive teams in this bracket can play to earn a spot in the FIBA World Championships
30+: $160.00 per team
40+: $160.00 per team
Under 6 feet: $160.00 per team
Top Gun: $180.00 per team – FIBA-level of play and a qualifier for the 2016 FIBA World Championships
Every team registration comes with a ticket to an Orlando Magic game for each player.
Hoop it Up has been hosting these sort of events since 1989. The historic basketball tourney has reached over one million players. It was rebranded as ‘HOOP IT UP 3×3’ in 2013 under the North American Sports Group.
Despite yet another slow start offensively, the Orlando Magic were able to hold off the Miami Heat in overtime, 95-92, behind a balanced attack that had four Magic players in double-figures. The Heat had most of their reserves in for this one, while the Magic got Aaron Gordon back as he looked impressive in his 17 minutes.
In the first half, the Heat jumped out to the early 11-7 lead. The bad early starts continue to be a trend for the Magic. Needing a boost from someone, Orlando was able to find that through Dewayne Dedmon‘s hustle, defense and offensive rebounding. In one possession, Dedmon brought down 3 consecutive offensive rebounds, and he decided to take the last one himself for the easy bucket under the rim.
The Heat benched their starters after playing a game in Miami last night, and their backups had a tough time scoring against the Magic in the first quarter, shooting 25% for the quarter with only 17 points to show for it. Miami also missed nine of their 10 three-point attempts in the first quarter.
The offensive grind continued for both teams in the second quarter, but it was a little better performance than in the first period. Channing Frye and Mario Hezonja combined for 12 first half points and both did a really nice job, especially Hezonja who converted on an and-one and a smooth turnaround jumper going baseline. Frye hit all three of his shots in the first half to lead the Magic with 7 first-half points.
Orlando held Miami to 32% shooting in the first half and defended the three-point line well as Miami only hit three of their sixteen first half three-point attempts. Orlando led 45-40 at the break.
The second half started the same way the first half ended — with both teams trying to get some baskets.
While the third quarter started off sluggish for the Magic, they were able to put together a nice little stretch in the third quarter to extend their lead over Miami.
Aaron Gordon, who was playing in his first game in the preseason, looked good in his return. His jump shot was a little bit off, but that’s completely normal for a guy who has been out of real games for quite some time. Gordon displayed his athleticism and his talent on both sides of the court.
As for his teammates, they also had an improved start to the second half. Hezonja showcased a couple of nice plays, including a steal and then a jam in the open court. Nikola Vucevic also established dominance in the second half, scoring 6 of his 12 points in the third quarter. Orlando outscored Miami 28-17 in the third quarter and continued their good defense, holding Miami to 17 points for the second quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Magic took a 14-point lead over the Heat after a Napier three with 9:42 left to play in regulation, but the Heat stormed back to make this a game behind Gerald Green and Chris “Birdman” Andersen. Green and Andersen combined for 16 fourth quarter points to get the Heat within striking distance. A Green to James Ennis alley-oop in the fourth quarter gave the Heat a four-point lead with 1:39 left in regulation.
With the Magic trailing 81-79, Sibert missed a potential game-winning three but Nnanna Egwu was able to clean up the glass and tie the game up at 81. Green then had his shot rattle out to send the game into overtime.
In overtime, Napier did his thing again against Miami, scoring 11 points in the overtime period including the three game-clinching free throws. That’s mighty impressive coming from your ‘third-string’ point guard.
Overall, the Magic were up-and-down all night but the much-improved defense continues to be the story throughout the preseason. Orlando will try to find their offense once they head to Brazil later tonight.
Juan Toribio is an MBO Contributor and is Editor at Canes Warning.
Despite Scott Skiles stating he wants the Orlando Magic to be over .500 this 2015-2016 season, despite a rejuvenated optimism for the franchise’s future, we still have to remember that the Magic have won 20, 23, and 25 games over the last three years. That means that folks outside of Central Florida still view the organization as currently irrelevant, especially gambling establishments.
The folks at SportsBettingDime.com have provided a bleak outlook for Orlando: 500-to-1 odds at winning the NBA title. That’s the same odds as the Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers. No one franchise is viewed in a worse light. Scan the internet, and the Magic’s lack of betting support is obvious everywhere you click and view.
The Golden State Warriors may be the defending champs, but the Cleveland Cavaliers have been viewed as the favorites to capture the 2016 crown all offseason. In contract to the 500-to-1 Magic odds, the Cavs are at 3-to-1 while the Warriors and San Antonio Spurs are 5-to-1 in winning the whole thing.
The outlook doesn’t improve much for the Magic when we look at which team will claim the Southeast division top spot. The Atlanta Hawks are favored at 33-to-20. Fun numbers, I know. It’ll be interesting to see how they manage without DeMarre Carroll. Miami is at 7-to-4. Orlando’s sunshine state rivals have a great starting lineup, but health and depth questions.
The Wizards sit third at 2-to-1. Honestly, I’d have them as the favorites to take the division. Then we drop down to fourth where the Charlotte Hornets are at 15-to-1 odds. Their chances will be worse with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on the shelf for about 6 months after getting injured in that preseason meeting at Amway Center against the Magic.
So I’ll just come out and say it, Orlando sits at 33-to-1 odds to win the Southeast division. That just seems so steep. But again, I’m local. The average basketball fan around the country doesn’t care about the Magic. Who is going to be brave enough to bet money on them to win anything?
Don’t get me wrong, the Magic are definitely not winning the championship this upcoming season. They probably won’t be competitive enough to be in the hunt for the division even, but I’m very confident that Orlando will earn a lot of respect. Something that has been severely lacking for the past 3 seasons.
An over/under projection of 32.5 wins seems low to me. But hey, remember, Orlando is trying to make a leap from 20, 23, and 25 victories. With the talent the Magic have, combined with good health, and improved coaching from Skiles’ staff, improving by a dozen wins or so isn’t that enormous of a stretch in my eyes. High-30s gets the Magic into the playoffs in the East. Again, Skiles wants over 41 victories. Nothing less.
It’s easy being optimistic. It’s a lot harder actually going out onto the basketball court and making this Magic franchise relevant again. This Orlando squad has put in the work. It’s all about putting it all together and racking up victories now.
The Orlando Magic improved to 2-2 in their preseason campaign, taking down the Houston Rockets 123-119 on Sunday in Hidalgo, Texas. The Magic were down 22 points early in the contest as they dug themselves a bad defensive hole, but they clawed back into the game and took the result thanks to 7 Magic men scoring in double figures.
Mario Hezonja was only 3-of-10 from the field, but the rookie came up clutch in the final two minutes of the contest. The clutch Croatian finished with 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals in his first preseason start. The night really belonged to Devyn Marble who led all scorers with 21 points on 6-of-8 shooting as he iced the game down the stretch. When the Magic were struggling to find offense, Evan Fournier‘s 19 points, 5 boards, 4 assists and Tobias Harris‘ 16 points and 5 rebounds deserve plenty of praise for the turnaround.
Orlando would also get 14 points out of Channing Frye, who is proving that he deserves playing time. C.J. Watson tallied 12 points, while Nikola Vucevic added ten. For as scorching hot as Houston was to start the contest, they finished at 46.5 FG% with the Magic actually doing better at 51.1 FG%.
The Rockets were embarrassing Orlando in 3-pointers and free throws in the first half, but Orlando salvaged those battles. Orlando was 13-of-24 from deep and 20-of-26 from the charity stripe. Houston was 17-of-42 on 3-pointers, but a bad 22-of-36 on free throws. Skiles only used 10 Magic players on the night.
Below is the game recap.
The Orlando Magic and Florida Hospital have teamed up for the third consecutive year to host Pink in the Paint Breast Cancer Awareness Night on October 13th. The Magic will be matched up against the Miami Heat at 7 p.m. EST inside Amway Center for the preseason contest.
With Central Florida holding one of the highest rates of stage IV breast cancer in the state, the Magic’s ‘Pink in the Paint Night’ presented by Florida Hospital provides a way to continue the team’s health and wellness efforts and provide prevention education to fans.
During the evening, Central Florida breast cancer survivors will be honored as Magic VIPs for the night. Pink light-up thunder sticks will be distributed to the first 5,000 fans. The FanFest pregame outside on Church Street will feature the Florida Hospital Pink Army distributing information on breast cancer prevention, additional local breast cancer awareness groups’ information tables, and a charity dunking booth.
The Magic organization is also encouraging fans to wear pink to the game.
The VIP honorees of the game, Central Florida breast cancer survivors Melanie Finley, Claudia Simpson, Vanessa Echols, LaKeisha Brown-Scott, and Sheila McThenia will take part in the high-five lineup with the players during introductions. They will also receive courtside tickets, a special suite for their families, personalized Magic shirts, and team autographed basketballs. In addition, the women will be honored during the first quarter break at center court.
Fans can also take advantage of a special Magic ticket offer that will donate money back to the Florida Hospital Breast Cancer Care Fund, which provides free mammograms to under-served women in Central Florida. When fans buy tickets online using the special promo code “PINK,” $5 will be donated to the Florida Hospital Breast Cancer Care Fund.
Tickets start at $20 and those purchases will include a commemorative Pink in the Paint Rally Towel. Also, fans will have the opportunity to give back during the game by donating $1 to their purchase at any Orlando Magic retail location in the Amway Center as well 45 concession stand areas to help support the Florida Hospital Breast Cancer Care Fund.
For ticket information on Pink in the Paint Night, please visit www.orlandomagic.com/pink.