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Magic 8-Ball: Is Orlando’s First Winnable Game Tonight?

2014 November 5
by Adam Papageorgiou

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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: Elfrid Payton is in Good Historic Company

 

   

#2 through #8 are below.  

 

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Bulls Beat Magic as Orlando Cools Down in 2nd Half

2014 November 4
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images

The Orlando Magic are 0-4 this season as they lost 98-90 in Chicago on Tuesday night. Bulls took the game with a 29-21 fourth period. At least Orlando prevented Chicago fans from getting free McDonald’s Big Macs. It’s frustrating because the Magic can’t put together a complete performance. They’ve played four potential playoff teams well, yet not one victory. Magic only shot 43.2 FG% but won the rebound battle 48-44. Chicago did their damage at the free throw line by making 21-of-27 while Orlando only hoisted 8-of-14 from the charity stripe. Tough for the Magic to win when you score only 17 points in the third and 21 in the fourth period.

Tobias Harris led the Magic with 21 points and 9 rebounds as T12 got out of his slump thanks to a 9-of-15 outing. Nikola Vucevic added another double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds, but Vooch had 6 of the Magic’s 13 turnovers. Evan Fournier was the only other Orlando man in double figures with 13 points as his 5-of-14 shooting indicated an ice cold second half. Elfrid Payton notched 9 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds but shot 3-for-14 from the field due to getting 5 of his shots blocked. Jimmy Butler led Chicago with 21 points while Taj Gibson and Pau Gasol each contributed 16 points.

 

Below is the full game recap.

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Orlando Magic Winning BINGO: 2014-2015 Edition

2014 November 3
by Adam Papageorgiou

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OH YES! The favorite alcoholic and sober Orlando Magic game of choice is back! This time it’s with a twist. WE’RE NOT TANKING ANYMORE! So hold on to last season’s cards as a collector’s item.

I’m going to take the blame for the Magic starting 0-3 because I didn’t make the BINGO cards available at an earlier date. So get ready to go 79-0 the rest of the way.

The majority of the 25 pieces are self-explanatory, but I’ll break them down so you know what each piece means.

MAGIC WIN!!!

The ‘Free’ piece isn’t so free this time. But if Orlando wins their game, odds are you’re on the right track to victory. Plus, 50% off Papa John’s pizza the next day with the code MAGICWIN.

Harkl3ss

Maurice Harkless only needs to make one 3-pointer to mark this spot off.

Nicholson Assist

Andrew Nicholson is kind of this era’s Brandon Bass. The Canadian doesn’t pass much, so it’s always great to see ‘Drew dish one off.

#ArriveAlive

Even though we haven’t see any new Tobias Harris ‘Arrive Alive’ commercials, Magic fans and media should still refer to #ArriveAlive every time T12 gets a dunk.

#MoreChampagne

You know the origin story of Evan Fournier and his epic nickname. Any time the Frenchman drains a 3-pointer or comes up with a fantastic play, drop that #MoreChampagne request.

 

Below are the remaining explanations and different BINGO boards.

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Tobias Harris is Betting on Himself…He Should

2014 November 3
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

By now you know that Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris didn’t agree to a contract extension with the franchise by the October 31st deadline. T12 will now be a Restricted Free Agent in the upcoming summer. Is Tobias ‘a little disappointed’? Sure. The 22-year-old is nicknamed All Business for a reason. He knows that being a professional in the NBA is a business venture as much as a playing dream. This will only motivate Harris more to have his best season ever and he’s going to bet on himself to get paid in the upcoming offseason.

I wouldn’t fret if I’m Tobias. Not when Alec Burks received a 4-year, $42 million extension and Ricky Rubio nabbed a 4-year, $55 million extension (more than Nikola Vucevic). When Tobias is healthy and receiving adequate minutes, he’s way better than each of those players.

Here’s my theory as to why the Magic didn’t negotiate past the supposed $8 million or $9 million per year the franchise initially offered to Tobias: They’re leaving the door open in case a player like Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Jimmy Butler, DeAndre Jordan, or even Marc Gasol becomes available to acquire. All of them are either restricted or unrestricted free agents in the summer of 2015. Each of those players you can make an argument provide a unique output that varies from Harris. Who knows what players Rob Hennigan and Jacque Vaughn prefer.

But Tobias isn’t going anywhere unless the Magic want to let Harris go. T12 is restricted. If someone is crazy enough to offer him a Klay Thompson-like max deal at $17.5 million per season, the Magic can choose to match it or not. Plain and simple.

Just based off of the Orlando Magic Stuff podcast I participated in last night, there’s a lot of various viewpoints as to what Tobias is worth. We still don’t know for certain if Tobias is a PF or an SF. I’m very confident that T12 is a small forward, especially now that he’s in the best shape of his life. There are even some that believe T12 is more effective off the bench. It’s rumored Harris was seeking $12 million per season. Well that’s what Nikola Vucevic got and right now Vooch is the more valuable Magic player between him and Harris. Plus, it’s way more difficult to find a great center than a forward. The Magic are forward-heavy with Channing Frye, Aaron Gordon, Kyle O’Quinn, Maurice Harkless, Andrew Nicholson, Devyn Marble, and Evan Fournier on the roster.

Probably the largest obstacle in the way of Tobias making the leap has been his lack of a full season. The most games in a season Tobias has played in were the 61 contests last season. Teenage Tobias got little time in Milwaukee for a variety of reasons. The ’13-’14 campaign in Orlando has been Harris’ only season on one team. Ankle issues forced Harris out of the lineup early in the season and it took him until February to fully be back at 100%. In those 28 games following the All-Star Break – only 9 of which Tobias started – Harris notched 15.8 ppg and 6.3 rpg at 50.8 FG% and 38.1 3PT% at only 28 minutes per contest.

Tobias did everything correctly in the offseason. He changed his diet, he trimmed down while adding muscle to remain at 235 pounds while gaining the necessary agility to be depended on more at small forward. T12 impressed at the Team USA training camp in Las Vegas with Victor Oladipo. Harris shot 51.4 FG% in seven preseason games and even had an outstanding regular season opener in New Orleans. Since figuring out an extension wasn’t coming, Harris struggled in the two home games. 4-of-12 shooting against Washington and 4-of-15 from the field against Toronto isn’t what we’ve come to expect from Orlando’s go-to scorer.

He’s still shooting very well from the perimeter, it’s just T12 hasn’t been able to convert at the rim. I believe it’s just a coincidence. Tobias will adjust and he’ll get back to his successful on-court ways soon. If he doesn’t, then Hennigan and the front office staff have plenty to think about in regards to how much responsibility they wish to give Tobias moving forward.

I’m getting ahead of myself. Tobias is still averaging 16.7 ppg after 3 games and is 3-for-5 from long range. He’s taking on the Carmelo Anthony scoring role that I’ve been expecting. Harris should also be the team’s closer when the situation calls for it. If Tobias plays closer to 82 games than 61 games this season, is scoring efficiently, then he’ll make the Magic front office regret not throwing $10 million or $11 million per season at Harris. Imagine if Orlando gets into the playoff discussion. Then the Magic really have a nightmare salary cap scenario.

We very well could relive what Houston went through in loving Chandler Parson to Dallas for a massive amount of money. Tobias is a confident young man, and I expect Harris to prove plenty of his doubters wrong moving forward. Don’t be shocked if come the summer someone offers Tobias Nik Vucevic money. I’d hate to lose Tobias after all of the growth and development we’ve seen out of him.

 

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

Magic Practice Interviews and Language Deciphering

2014 November 3
by Adam Papageorgiou

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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.

Jacque Vaughn:

 

Below are interviews of Evan Fournier, Nikola Vucevic (with an O’Quinn assist), and Channing Frye.

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Erie BayHawks Round Out Roster Following D-League Draft

2014 November 2
by Adam Papageorgiou

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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.

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Magic & Florida Hospital Team Up for Prostate Cancer Awareness

2014 November 2

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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.

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.

 

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

Raptors-Magic Postgame Interviews

2014 November 1
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

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.

Jacque Vaughn:

 

Below are interviews of Nikola Vucevic, Channing Frye, Tobias Harris, and Elfrid Payton.

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Raptors Utilize Foul Advantage in Win Over Magic

2014 November 1
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

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. 

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Oladipo Discusses Surgery Plus Magic Practice Interviews

2014 October 31
by Adam Papageorgiou

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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.

Victor Oladipo:

 

Jacque Vaughn:

 

Maurice Harkless:

 

 

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