Talk about a busy October for the organization. Students at local Three Points Elementary got a big surprise on Wednesday when the Orlando Magic and Chase bank paid them a visit to announce plans to update their school’s basketball court.
Approximately 100 fifth graders were in attendance for a special student assembly to learn that their school was selected. The visit included a basketball shootout with the students to determine which basketball court design – entered by students – their school is receiving. STUFF the Magic mascot, Magic Community Ambassador Nick Anderson, along with the Magic Blue Crew also made special appearances.
— Magic Community (@CommunityLeak) October 7, 2015
The school court renovation is part of the events Chase and the Magic are hosting in October being billed as the “Pure Magic Tip-Off presented by Chase.” Through the Magic and Chase’s Champions of the Community partnership, the two have already updated six basketball courts (Three Points Elementary will be the seventh court updated) for youth around the community, with the goal of completing 10 total courts.
Chase and the Magic will unveil the newly refurbished basketball court to the students and faculty of Three Points Elementary on Saturday October 24th. The unveil event will feature a mini basketball clinic conducted by a Magic player. That’s also the day the Magic are hosting their scavenger hunt as well as their pub crawl.
I hope you checked your doormats before departing your homes if you live in the Orlando area, there may have been a gift. 10,000 Central Florida residents received a surprise on Friday morning as the Orlando Magic and Chase bank teamed up to deliver t-shirts to their door steps as part of the Pure Magic Tip-Off for the upcoming ’15-’16 regular season.
The surprise was to thank the local community for their support of the organization and to remind them that single-game tickets are on sale now for games through January 31, 2016 of this Magic season.
— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) October 9, 2015
The exclusive, limited-edition Pure Magic T-shirt series distributed to people were created by local Orlando design companies: Enemy Ink, Hittn’ Skins, Mother Falcon, and Real Thread. For a limited time fans can collect all four specially-designed shirts at the Orlando Magic Team Shop at Amway Center.
Those are all awesome.
Fans will also have the opportunity to enter the Sixth Man T-shirt Design Contest by designing and submitting their own Orlando Magic shirt at www.orlandomagic.com/sixthman.
The winning design will be given away to all fans in attendance on Opening Night of the Magic’s regular season on Wednesday October 28th.
The top five entries will be selected by the Magic and the winner will be determined by the fans through online voting. The deadline to enter is Monday Oct. 19 at 9 a.m. EST. The top 5 are picked the next day. Fan voting goes from October 21st through the 23rd.
The winning T-shirt designer will also receive 2 third row courtside seats and the four finalists will receive two tickets to the Friday October 30th Magic vs. Oklahoma City Thunder matchup at Amway Center. I know Orlando has some very solid talent in regards to artistry and graphic design. Looking forward to seeing the 5 finalists’ designs.
Look, it’s preseason, but it’s still nice to see the Orlando Magic moving the ball well. They lost on the road 97-92 to the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night, yet the Magic’s starters and key bench players performed well in defeat. Free throws continue to be a worry though early on in this Scott Skiles reign. The Pacers shot 24-for-32 from the charity stripe as the Magic were a pitiful 5-of-8. You can’t win that way.
Everything else was fine if you’re a Magic fan. Held Indiana to 41.2 FG% and 24.1 3PT%. You out-rebound them 50-46. Even though the Pacers only coughed up 9 turnovers, Orlando gave it up just 13 times. Orlando shot 43.2 FG% and 40.7 3PT% (11-of-27). The 23 v. 12 personal foul gap is a concern if you’re the Magic coaching staff.
The Magic got even production on this evening. Tobias Harris had 12 points and 13 rebounds. Victor Oladipo came back to familiar territory and dropped a game-high 15 points. Nikola Vucevic tallied 13 points and 9 boards. Shabazz Napier contributed 13 points off the bench. Evan Fournier and Mario Hezonja notched nine and seven points. Results don’t mean much right now, but a win was easily attainable had the Magic found a way to get to the line.
Below is the full game recap.
Brief, but important. Orlando Magic single-game tickets for contests occurring through January 31, 2016 of the ’15-’16 season will go on sale October 9th at 10 a.m. EST to the general public. The Magic will open the regular season inside Amway Center when they host the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, October 28th. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. EST.
Tickets will be available for purchase:
- Online at www.orlandomagic.com
- At the Chase box office (at Amway Center, located on Church St.)
- At all TicketMaster outlets
- By calling 1-800-4NBA-TIX
- MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover accepted at all purchase points
The Orlando Magic went to 1-1 in the young preseason camp thanks to an impressive 3-point winner by Shabazz Napier with three and a half seconds to go in the contest. The Magic prevailed on Wednesday, 100-97, defeating the Miami Heat at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Give the third-string Magic lineup credit for a nice comeback win in the final minutes against our sunshine state rivals.
Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucevic led the team off the bench as both were recovering from injuries that kept them out of the first preseason contest. The Frenchman notched 18 points, 2 assists, and 2 steals in 24 minutes of action. Evan for large chunks of the fourth period was the only man in blue and white pinstripes scoring the rock. The Montenegrin center tallied 17 points and 8 rebounds in 23 minutes. Tobias Harris and Victor Oladipo were the only starters for Scott Skiles to score in double figures, each with 13 points. Mario Hezonja poured 8 points from the pine.
Orlando shot 46.1 FG% and a much-needed 10-of-27 from deep. They were an efficient 20-for-24 from the free throw line, but their Southeast division foes were 29-of-38 from the charity stripe. Free throws are worrying me again. Miami won the glass, 39-30. However, Orlando forced Miami into 22 turnovers and shared the ball well by tallying 27 assists on 35 made field goals. Skiles will be lukewarm about allowing Miami to shoot 44.1 FG%.
Below is the game recap.
It’s back, baby! The 2015 Orlando Magic Scavenger Hunt will look to entertain folks that wish to participate in the activities that will occur around downtown. Occurring Saturday October 24th from 9 a.m. to Noon EST, click here to register your team no later than October 20th. The organization is limiting the sign-ups to 500 total participants, so sign up fast. 2 to 4 people per team. I would hope you come up with Magic-related team names, past or present. The organization says registration begins at 9 a.m. EST, but the actual scavenger hunt goes from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. EST. Just show up early.
You guys know how scavenger hunts work, right? Teams receive a list of riddles leading to locations in downtown Orlando. At these locations, teams must complete tasks by using a smartphone to take photos, answer questions, or scan QR codes. You’ll have to download and use the ‘Scavify’ app for this day.
If anyone on your team is under 18 years old, one member of your team must be that team member’s parent or guardian. As a standard with this event, there are waivers that will be provided after you register. I always advise folks that do this to have your running gear on. You have to be on foot the entire team. No cheating with cars or bikes. You can’t split apart from your teammate(s) either.
It’s a free scavenger hunt, but plenty of prizes are at stake for fans.
- Four courtside tickets to Opening Night, October 28th vs. the Washington Wizards
- Access to the Fields Ultimate Lounge with complimentary food and drinks
- On-court photo post-game
- Parking for one car in GEICO Garage
In order to win the Grand Prize, a team must be the first to return to Amway Center having completed all required challenges plus two of the bonus challenges.
In the event of a tie, the winning team will be determined by a tie-breaker trivia question, with the first team to correctly answer the tie-breaker question being the winner of the contest.
The Scavenger Hunt will end once all prizes are awarded or at 12 p.m. EST, whichever comes earlier. All teams will receive a message once the Scavenger Hunt is over.
Even if you don’t win, there are two other huge prizes for second and third place even though the rewards are named ‘first’ and ‘second’.
- After Grand Prize winner is determined, First & Second Place teams win four Ultimate Seat Tickets for Opening Night.
- The next 250 participants to finish by noon will receive a ticket to Opening Night
Even if you don’t finish top-3, that’s okay. Each participant will receive a t-shirt on the day of the hunt. Register by October 12th to guarantee your t-shirt size. And as you see above, once you get past the best 3 teams, the next 250 folks that finish before 12 p.m. EST will get a ticket for October 28th.
Saturday October 24th is lining up to be a very fun Magic-related day. Start the morning off with the scavenger hunt. Then that night you can go drinking at the Magic-themed pub crawl. There’s also multiple opportunities at tickets to see the Magic open the regular season by hosting the Washington Wizards on October 28th.
The Orlando Magic held their free open practice inside Amway Center on Monday night. It was mostly 5-on-5 scrimmage work as Scott Skiles said he didn’t want to ‘bore’ the fans who showed up with drills. We can only estimate on the amount of folks who showed up, but my guess is there were about 2,500 spectators. It probably would have been more had I-4 accidents not made life even worse for daily commuters.
Scott Skiles began with a quick introduction before he let his assistant coaches handle much of the instruction work. The roster was split up into two teams: Black and White. Monte Mathis was the main coach for ‘Black’, while Adrian Griffin handled the ‘White’ squad. Both were mic’d up and you could hear sideline instructions being given at times. Four 8-minute periods were to be played with a mostly-running clock. Erie BayHawks – NBDL affiliate of the Magic – Head Coach Bill Peterson was one of the three officials. Black won 45-39, for anyone that cares about the final result.
Preseason or not, Scott Skiles is very unhappy with how his Orlando Magic team performed in the third quarter. 37 points coughed up to an opponent won’t be tolerated, and all of those guys in the locker room knew about it following the loss. If you decide to take a mental sabbatical during a play or two, Skiles isn’t going to hesitate to yank you.
On the bright side, it’s nice to see Andrew Nicholson looking great again. He’s looking for a new contract in the summer…unless the Magic decide to extend him before the regular season. If Andrew keeps putting up 20+ points off the bench, it’ll be tough not to be tempted to lock him up. I think Mario Hezonja played great. Skiles and the staff may not have been pleased with his defense, but I didn’t think he got beat as bad as their eyes saw it. He’ll be fine.
Tobias Harris: “I think that we have to know that you can’t make a mistake over and over again and there’s no consequence for it. We didn’t start the third quarter well and coach took us out, and he basically told us if you’re not going to play and you’re not going to have the energy right away that you’re not going to help our team. That was what his point was and in the third quarter we gave up 37 points and that’s unacceptable, especially if you want to be a winning team.”
Despite what the final score may indicate, the Orlando Magic looked overall much improved in Scott Skiles‘ preseason debut as Head Coach from years past. The Magic fell 106-100 to the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday, as Orlando got off to a rocky 3rd quarter start – tell me if you’ve heard this before – and coughed up a 37-point period to their Southeast division opponent. A good effort in the 4th from the bench wasn’t enough to complete a comeback. I won’t let a bad third period in an exhibition contest erase a strong first 24 minutes of action.
The game wasn’t televised, but the Amway Center crowd got to witness Skiles display some of his discipline in that third period. He benched his starters and rewarded some of the hard-fighting bench guys with playing time even against Charlotte starters.
Orlando Magic #5 Draft pick Mario Hezonja came off the bench and tallied an efficient 9 points on 4-for-6 shooting. He got a highlight reel dunk and drained a 3-pointer, but Skiles limited the Croatian to just 10 minutes of action because he thought Mario’s defense wasn’t satisfactory. He’ll learn.
Andrew Nicholson carried over a decent summer with Team Canada and led all scorers with an outstanding 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists on 9-for-14 shooting (2-of-3 on 3s). ‘Drew got back to what he was dominant at his rookie season, posting up everyone. Victor Oladipo added 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting while Jason Smith was the only other Magic man to hit double figures with 10 points.
The Magic won the hustle battle, but Charlotte prevailed by draining more free throws and 3-pointers. Charlotte was 12-of-31 from deep while Orlando only managed 6-for-26 on triples. The big issue wasn’t Orlando’s 16-of-19 from the free throw line. Even though that was low, they let Charlotte shoot 26-of-35 from the charity stripe. That won’t get it done. Still, I’m encouraged by a very nice first half and am confident that the Magic will buck their past habit of having lapses in consistency.
Below is the game recap.
The Orlando Magic ended up getting the majority of their shootaround work in Saturday morning on the Amway Center parquet floor, instead of on the practice court. They’ll host the Charlotte Hornets later on tonight to begin their 8-game preseason campaign. Scott Skiles said that Shabazz Napier is a game-time decision with a sore back. The point guard hurt himself in Friday’s practice, but did participate in Saturday’s shootaround.
As previously stated, Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier, and Nikola Vucevic are all unavailable. Vooch talked more about his strained shoulder as well as rookie Mario Hezonja who makes his Amway Center main court debut. Skiles may utilize all of his 15-16 healthy bodies tonight. Nik misses Kyle O’Quinn‘s humor. We all do. Napier definitely looks like a guy who has a chip on his shoulder with a lot to prove. Skiles discussed some defensive details.
Basketball is ready to begin again in O-Town.