Skip to content

Digging Deeper into Orlando’s Roller Coaster Schedule

2014 August 14
by Adam Papageorgiou

coachhjv

The Orlando Magic preseason and 2014-2015 regular season schedule are out in the open. We know when former Magic men like Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo, Stan Van Gundy, Dwight Howard, J.J. Redick, and others are coming back to Amway Center. Orlando once again won’t be on a true nationally televised game. Got it. Let’s dig deeper into the regular season schedule difficulty level itself. All of the graphics provided in this piece come courtesy of Ed Kupfer.

19 of Orlando’s first 28 contests are on the road. Only nine of those contests are against Western Conference opposition, so the Magic will find out quickly how they stack up in the East. Also, 17 of those 28 games are against franchises that reached the playoffs last season. Their season-long 6-game road trip is in the heart of that stretch. Other than that though, Orlando has no 5-game road trips and only one 4-game roadie (Jan. 7th-12th) for the entire season.

Talk about rookie trial by fire for Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton, and Devyn Marble. We’re in the third year of the Rob Hennigan-Jacque Vaughn era. 20-something wins should not be tolerated again this upcoming season. The Magic were a franchise-worse 4-37 on the road in ’13-’14. It’s awful in an NBA perspective. If Orlando mirrors similar road failures in the ’14-’15 campaign, then it’s going to be a horrendous first 1/3 of the season.

16 out of 23 games from January 14th to March 8th – with the February 12th through Feb. 19th All-Star Break in between – are played inside Amway Center. Thirteen of those 23 contests are against squads that were in the postseason last season. This is where Jacque’s roster is going to have find their winning ways if they want a chance at the playoffs. Orlando was only 19-22 at home last year and it’s a given that you have to be over .500 on our own floor to have a prayer at a playoff bid.

From March 20th through the conclusion of the regular season, 8 of the Magic’s final 12 games are at home (with the last 2 being in Miami and at Brooklyn). Their season-high 5-game home stretch is at the start of this period. Seven of those twelve games are against opponents who made the playoffs last season. If Orlando can survive hell for the first two months, there are some very kind home-heavy stretches that Coach Vaughn’s squad can take advantage of. When you’re a team that has been at the bottom of the totem pole, no contest is easy.

 

Below we get into rest, travel, and back-to-back discussion.

read more…

Magic Release 2014 Preseason Schedule

2014 August 14
by Adam Papageorgiou

Dwight Howard, Nikola Vucevic

On Wednesday the Orlando Magic released their entire ’14-’15 regular season schedule. Today we found out the team’s 8-game exhibition schedule. Coach Jacque Vaughn’s squad have three straight road games before their first Amway Center contest against Brazilian champion Flamengo on October 15th. The official Orlando return of Stan Van Gundy will come Oct. 17th as SVG will be at the helm of the Detroit Pistons. October 22nd sees another Dwight Howard return with his Houston Rockets. It’ll be interesting if he even participates in that contest. Finally, the preseason concludes with Jameer Nelson’s first game in Orlando that won’t be in a Magic jersey as the Dallas Mavericks come to town on October 24th.

Below is the entire Orlando preseason agenda.

 

HOME GAMES AT AMWAY CENTER IN ALL CAPS

Date                Opponent                                           Time (ET)

Oct. 7              @ Miami                                                  7:30 p.m.

Oct. 10            @ Indiana                                               7 p.m.

Oct. 13            @ Charlotte                                            7 p.m.

Oct. 15            FLAMENGO (Brazil)                            7 p.m.

Oct. 17            DETROIT                                                  7 p.m.

Oct. 18            @ Philadelphia (site TBA)                 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 22            HOUSTON                                                7 p.m.

Oct. 24            DALLAS                                                    7 p.m.

 

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

 

The Summer of Victor Oladipo Continues

2014 August 14
by Adam Papageorgiou

Oladiposoulfood

Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo says he blends in very well whenever he walks around our fair city of Orlando, but that ‘Dipo anticipates things to change next year. He won’t be wrong if Victor can make the jump in on-court production we’re anticipating. The man craves meaningful social interaction and he’s a human sponge soaking up information from everyone and everything. Below is part 2 of VICE Sports‘ offseason coverage of the Indiana Hoosier product. The entire clip focuses on Victor during July’s Summer League. Click here if you missed part 1.

We learn about how Oladipo didn’t drive a car or even go on dates in high school. The funniest moment is definitely Vic saying that Maurice Harkless looked like Chris Bosh when the 21-year-old was younger. Victor bonds with Harkless, Kyle O’Quinn, and rookie Devyn Marble at a local soul food establishment. We broke down Victor’s overall successful Summer League week. Oladipo is a student of the game of basketball and it is very easy to see how a 22-year-old entering his sophomore NBA campaign has been handed the keys to the Magic franchise. ‘Dipo is a pure leader.

 

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

 

***Join Magic Basketball Online on Twitter and Facebook!***

Orlando Magic 2014-2015 Regular Season Schedule Released

2014 August 13
by Adam Papageorgiou

daviskoq

It’s that time of year again, the NBA has released its 2014-2015 regular season schedule. Time for Magic fans to get excited for training camp which comes on September 30th. As for the preseason schedule, we had some of it leak out but we don’t have it in its entirety just yet.

Below is the regular season schedule:

 

October 

Tue. 28 @ New Orleans 8 pm

Thu. 30 WASHINGTON 7 pm

 

November

Sat. 1 TORONTO 7 pm

Tue. 4 @ Chicago 8 pm

Wed. 5 @ Philadelphia 7 pm

Fri. 7 MINNESOTA 7 pm

Sun. 9 @ Brooklyn 3:30 pm

Tue. 11 @ Toronto 7:30 pm

Wed. 12 @ New York 7:30 pm

Fri. 14 MILWAUKEE 7 pm

Sat. 15 @ Washington 7 pm

Mon. 17 @ Detroit 7:30 pm

Wed. 19 L.A. CLIPPERS 7 pm

Fri. 21 @ Charlotte 7 pm

Sat. 22 MIAMI 7 pm

Mon. 24 @ Cleveland 7 pm

Wed. 26 GOLDEN STATE 7 pm

Fri. 28 @ Indiana 8 pm

Sun. 30 @ Phoenix 8 pm

 

December

Tue. 2 @ Golden State 10:30 pm

Wed. 3 @ L.A Clippers 10:30 pm

Fri. 5 @ Utah 9 pm

Sat. 6 @ Sacramento 10 pm

Wed. 10 WASHINGTON 7 pm

Fri. 12 @ Atlanta 7:30 pm

Sat. 13 ATLANTA 7 pm

Mon. 15 @ Toronto 7:30 pm

Wed. 17 @ Boston 7:30 pm

Fri. 19 UTAH 7 pm

Sun. 21 PHILADELPHIA 6 pm

Tue. 23 BOSTON 7 pm

Fri. 26 CLEVELAND 7 pm

Sat. 27 @ Charlotte 7 pm

Mon. 29 @ Miami 7:30 pm

Tue. 30 DETROIT 7 pm

 

January

Fri. 2 BROOKLYN 7 pm

Sat. 3 CHARLOTTE 7 pm

Wed. 7 @ Denver 9 pm

Fri. 9 @ L.A. Lakers 10:30 pm

Sat. 10 @ Portland 10 pm

Mon. 12 @ Chicago 8 pm

Wed. 14 HOUSTON 7 pm

Fri. 16 MEMPHIS 7 pm

Sun. 18 OKLAHOMA CITY 6 pm

Wed. 21 @ Detroit 7:30 pm

Fri. 23 @ New York 7:30 pm

Sun. 25 INDIANA 6 pm

Mon. 26 @ Memphis 8 pm

Thu. 29 MILWAUKEE 7 pm

Sat. 31 DALLAS 7 pm

 

February

Mon. 2 @ Oklahoma City 8 pm

Wed. 4 @ San Antonio 8:30 pm

Fri. 6 L.A. LAKERS 7 pm

Sun. 8 CHICAGO 6 pm

Mon. 9 @ Washington 7 pm

Wed. 11 NEW YORK 7 pm

Fri. 20 NEW ORLEANS 7 pm

Sun. 22 PHILADELPHIA 6 pm

Wed. 25 MIAMI 7 pm

Fri. 27 @ Atlanta 7:30 pm

 

March

Sun. 1 CHARLOTTE 6 pm

Wed. 4 PHOENIX 7 pm

Fri. 6 SACRAMENTO 7 pm

Sun. 8 BOSTON 6 pm

Tue. 10 @ Indiana 7 pm

Wed. 11 @ Milwaukee 8 pm

Fri. 13 @ Boston 7:30 pm

Sun. 15 CLEVELAND 6 pm

Tue. 17 @ Houston 8 pm

Wed. 18 @ Dallas 8:30 pm

Fri. 20 PORTLAND 7 pm

Sun. 22 DENVER 6 pm

Wed. 25 ATLANTA 7 pm

Fri. 27 DETROIT 7 pm

 

April

Wed. 1 SAN ANTONIO 7 pm

Fri. 3 @ Minnesota 8 pm

Sat. 4 @ Milwaukee 8:30 pm

Wed. 8 CHICAGO 7 pm

Fri. 10 TORONTO 7 pm

Sat. 11 NEW YORK 7 pm

Mon. 13 @ Miami 7:30 pm

Wed. 15 @ Brooklyn 8 pm

 

Below you’ll find the analysis and breakdown of the schedule.

read more…

Nicholson Concludes European Tour with Outstanding Double-Double

2014 August 12
by Adam Papageorgiou

canadaangola

Orlando Magic big man Andrew Nicholson saved his best performance of Canada’s 11-game European exhibition tour for last. The 24-year-old Missaussaga, Ontario native was vital in Canada’s 89-65 victory over Angola on Tuesday in Granada, Spain. Nicholson tallied his only double-double of the summer with 21 points and 10 rebounds on 8-for-11 shooting (3-of-6 on 3-pointers) in 26 minutes of action. Angola isn’t a basketball juggernaut, but this is very encouraging news for Magic fans wanting ‘Drew to find his confidence again.

Below is Andrew’s shot chart.

NicholsonAngola

Green is great obviously. Canada concluded their eleven contests with a 5-6 record.

It’s not bad for a squad that didn’t have guys like Tristan Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, and Anthony Bennett with the team. Coach Jay Triano wanted to test his internationally inexperienced squad and I’d say this has been a successful experience for them heading into the 2015 FIBA Americas tournament. The squad will hop on a plane and be back in Toronto on Wednesday. Andrew will now be able to solely focus on preparing for Magic training camp that will begin in a month and a half.

 

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

Are the Magic Inviting Corey Maggette to Training Camp?

2014 August 12
by Adam Papageorgiou

maggettemagic

Let me preface by stating that there are no inside sources involved in this post. This is the power of Twitter research being put to work. It’s been 14 years, but Corey Maggette and the Orlando Magic could potentially reunite. Maggette has received Orlando player follows recently from Victor Oladipo (@VicOladipo), Maurice Harkless (@moe_harkless), Tobias Harris (@tobias31), and even Andrew Nicholson (@nicholaf44) who is in Europe touring with Canada. Even the Magic’s official team Twitter account is now following Corey. Also, Maggette has recently listed his California home. Or maybe Maggette is going to put together some type of charity event and this post is me exaggerating, but hang in there with me.

Wait a minute, Adam, don’t the Magic already have 15 players under contract with Peyton Siva becoming the 16th player at training camp who is destined to head to the Erie BayHawks at the start of the ’14-’15 regular season? Why yes, you are correct. HOWEVER, Dewayne Dedmon‘s contract for this upcoming campaign is completely non-guaranteed until the Magic’s first regular season game.  So it’s fourteen guaranteed deals currently. The Magic are expected to have 3-4 non-guaranteed players at training camp in October. That means there is potentially room for another veteran like Maggette. That may come in handy because Orlando is still about one million dollars under the salary floor. Corey – if he makes the final squad – at the veteran minimum more than gets you above the floor.

Three years ago I broke down the top 10 Magic small forwards in the franchise’s history. Corey made it to #9 as a rookie who only played 77 games for Orlando. He was a 20-year-old making a huge impact on Doc Rivers‘ Heart ‘N Hustle squad with phenomenal feats of athleticism and a sneak peek at his potential offensive arsenal.

Maggette had to be dealt though in that famous summer of 2000 to create salary cap space for John Gabriel’s signings of Tracy McGrady and Grant Hill (with Tim Duncan being more than a viable signing option). Corey was shipped to the Los Angeles Clippers – where he’d become a borderline All-Star – along with Keyon Dooling, Derek Strong, and cash for a 2006 first round draft pick.

What do the Magic still need to desperately improve on? FREE THROW ATTEMPTS! Who in their prime was one of the best basketball players on the planet that could find a way to get to the charity stripe? Corey Maggette. He’s still only 34 years old. At worst Maggette is in a mentoring role. At best, you have another potential Trade Deadline asset. Corey didn’t play last regular season after being waived by the San Antonio Spurs last October. It’s a matter of shaking off past injuries and the wear-and-tear of being a professional athlete for well over a decade.

The Magic are not exactly deep at the center position. Dedmon by default is at worst the 3rd-string center. For Maggette to get on the 15-man roster, the Duke Blue Devil is going to have to find some past prime form to impress Rob Hennigan and the front office enough to cut ties with Dewayne before Opening Night and depend on a guy like Nicholson to cover the third-string center role.

This is all speculation, but Twitter research has come in handy before in potentially breaking stories. This would be a nice one. I’d love to have Corey put on those pinstripes and watch him try and prove his value to an NBA franchise.

 

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

Evan Fournier Officially Included in 12-Man French World Cup Roster

2014 August 12
by Adam Papageorgiou

FournierSelfie

It was alluded to on Sunday, but the French Basketball Federation on Tuesday officially announced their 12-man FIBA World Cup roster. For the first time ever, Orlando Magic acquisition Evan Fournier will be on the senior national team. It’s quite the accomplishment from the 21-year-old. Now it’s all about fighting for playing time. Coach Vincent Collet released his finalized squad about two weeks before the big tournament in Spain begins on August 30th. Below is the roster.

francefiba12manroster

 

Notice the Federation still has Evan listed as a member of the Denver Nuggets because of ’13-’14 club affiliation. Nando De Colo is no longer an NBA player. Edwin Jackson did make the team as Charles Kahudi was the final cut. It goes without saying that the absence of Tony Parker was a huge help in Evan making the team, but Evan’s versatility both on and off the ball will assist in France still being a dangerous opponent. Boris Diaw is still waiting to get his insurance issues corrected, so until then Kim Tillie will be temporarily taking up his spot. Mickael Pietrus‘ brother, Florent, has been the captain. Rudy Gobert has been absolutely impressive at center so far with no Joakim Noah available. Utah’s big has been a way better option than Ian Mahinmi so far. Nicolas Batum may be the gauge in determining how far in the World Cup the French go.

France will host a 3-day weekend exhibition tournament in their town of Antibes. The French will first take on the Philippines on Friday followed by Ukraine on Saturday, and Dante Exum’s Australia side on Sunday. All contests will be played at 2:30 p.m. EST.

 

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

A Reddit User’s Magic Logo and Court Re-Design

2014 August 11
by Adam Papageorgiou

newmagiclogo

Reddit has come a long way in becoming a go-to social media tool for the NBA and its franchises. It opens up for fans to really engage in conversation and come up with fun creations. Such is the case with the Magic logos and Amway Center interior re-design that were recently posted by Reddit user R_E_D_D_I_T.

magiccards

 

parquetfloor

 

amwaycenterinterior

Click here for full sized versions. The effort and precision to detail really need to be commended. This is great work, whether you agree with the appearance or not. It’s a unique take on ‘Magic’.

UPDATE: There are more designs that include black (they look sharp) as well as jersey mock-ups.

 

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

Fournier Shines as France Falls to Serbia; Evan to Make World Cup Roster

2014 August 10
by Adam Papageorgiou

fournierserbia

The French men’s national basketball team concluded their 3-day exhibition tourney in Pau, France with a 69-79 loss to Serbia on Sunday. Orlando Magic wing Evan Fournier finished with 11 points and 2 rebounds on 4-for-6 shooting (2-of-3 on three-pointers) in sixteen minutes of action. Milwaukee Buck Miroslav Raduljica paced Serbia with 14 points.

Fournier saw only a few minutes in the first half, as France trailed 39-41 at the break. Coach Vincent Collet started Evan in the 3rd quarter and leaned heavily on the 21-year-old to try and spark a comeback. Despite a few sweet triples and athletic takes to the rim from Evan, the French team as a whole couldn’t get enough stops. Evan is clearly at his best when he has the ball in his hands. His talent and athleticism is wasted whenever he’s asked to just camp out in a 3-point corner.

The more important news comes from this tweet following the contest:

David Cozette works for Canal+, a French television station that is very tight with the French Basketball Federation. The tweet basically translates as ‘Fournier to World Cup’. Coach Collet is making some roster cuts and the 21-year-old will be remaining on the roster as Edwin Jackson may be on the way off the team. Before FIBA World Cup action begins on August 30th, the French team will need to be finalized down to 12 players. Evan’s displayed his versatility nicely. Fournier was the final player to be cut last summer as he missed out on being with the French team that won EuroBasket last September in Slovenia.

France will have some days off to prepare for another exhibition tournament that will occur August 15th through the 17th and will take place in Antibes, France which is a short drive from Cannes. Their opponents will be Australia, Ukraine, and the Philippines.

 

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

Andrew Nicholson Tallies 12 Points as Canada Defeats Turkey

2014 August 10
by Adam Papageorgiou

nicholsonturkey

After having a few days off, Canada continued their European exhibition tour in Seville, Spain by claiming a 72-66 victory against Turkey on Sunday. The Orlando Magic’s Andrew Nicholson started the contest and put together a decent stat line. 12 points and 3 rebounds on 5-of-8 shooting (2-of-5 on 3-pointers) in 26 minutes for the 24-year-old. Nicholson had five of his points in fifteen first half minutes.

Robert Sacre started at center for Coach Jay Triano’s squad and notched 13 points and 11 rebounds. Cory Joseph continues to have a solid summer as he poured in 19 points. Canada shot 48.3 FG%.

For Turkey, Omer Asik had 12 points and 6 rebounds. Turkey’s big men were a nice test for Andrew because they do a lot of screen movements and switches.

Canada departs Seville and will head to Granada, Spain where they will conclude their 11-game tour on Tuesday against Angola before flying back to Toronto.

 

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