The Orlando Magic prepared for their first 2-a-day practice on the second day of training camp Wednesday. The overall consensus in regards to Day 1 seems to be that there was high energy from all players, but there were some nerves to get out of the way. Head Coach Jacque Vaughn gave high praise to Ben Gordon as the 31-year-old has a lot to prove after his previous stop in Charlotte.
We’re less than one month away from the Orlando Magic 2014-2015 regular season beginning, but that hasn’t stopped the first Las Vegas gambling sportsbook from predicting how successful and unsuccessful all 30 NBA franchises will be this upcoming campaign. ESPN on Tuesday posted an article that shows the Westgate SuperBook has posted their expected Magic victory total at 28.5 wins. Let the over/under discussions begin.
The Magic are predicted to finish last in the Southeast Division with the Wizards (49.5 wins) taking that crown. The SuperBook seems to foresee that Washington, Charlotte (45.5 wins), Miami (43.5 wins), and Atlanta (40.5 wins) will all reach the playoffs. Only Boston, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia are listed as finishing with a worst record than Orlando.
Monday was Media Day but today was the first time this Orlando Magic roster held their first practice. That meant rookies such as Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton would at last get their chance to prove themselves to the coaching staff and teammates. It also signifies the ideal opportunity for Victor Oladipo to prove his value as a new leader on this squad. The team is expected to have three 2-a-day practices this week, but Tuesday wasn’t one of those days. Coach Jacque Vaughn made it clear that he wants defense to be a focal point. JV was debuting some new braces for his teeth. Vaughn has high hopes for Andrew Nicholson to bounce back from a rough sophomore season proclaiming he was looking forward to having “good Andrew” again.
Below are interviews of Victor Oladipo, Aaron Gordon, and Evan Fournier as well as when the open practice for fans will be.
The Orlando Magic on Monday had their players wear the new alternate Pride Jersey home uniforms at Media Day. As previously noted, they’re sleeved, pinstriped, silver, and awesome. The national hate already being spat out should be ignored. They’re by the far the best looking sleeved jerseys on the NBA market and it’s because they’re the only ones with pinstripes. The elements of blue make the jersey pop, in a good way. They also actually take away attention from the sleeved portions of the jersey. Magic players like Victor Oladipo certainly love them.
I’d qualify them as feathery. The silver uniforms appear even better in person, and more than breathable. I’ve seen folks refer to them as pajamas. Well pajamas are comfy, and it’s an added bonus if the Magic players will perform even better in comfortable gear.
They will serve as the team’s fourth uniform to go along with their home white, road blue, and alternate black pinstripe uniforms. The sleeved, adidas Pride Jersey is made out of engineered mesh in Magic silver to represent “steel” – a rigid, unbending and relentless symbol of unity created to invoke a sense of “pride” and an unyielding commitment to competing at the highest level.
Below are more details on the jersey and what it represents for this franchise.
THE ORLANDO MAGIC 2014-2015 CAMPAIGN IS HERE! This will be an updated post throughout the day as interviews and news get accumulated during the festivities.
For starters, the brand new ‘Pride’ sleeved jersey was unveiled by Tobias Harris. It’s gray with white pinstripes and elements of blue in the jersey. I like them a lot as you can tell.
— Adam Papageorgiou (@adamosgp) September 29, 2014
Vooch sporting the pride jersey. pic.twitter.com/D03TaAvIik
— Orlando Magic Stuff (@ORLMagicStuff) September 29, 2014
General Manager Rob Hennigan:
Head Coach Jacque Vaughn:
Below you’ll find more from Media Day.
Cindy Barth of the Orlando Business Journal reported the findings of a study done by TickPick showing that the Orlando Magic rank 21st out of 30 NBA franchises in road team popularity.
The study looked at average ticket prices as the visiting team for the upcoming 2014-2015 NBA season. For out-of-town fans of the Magic, it will cost an average of $174.58 to go to a game on the road during this upcoming season.
TickPick is a no-fee secondary ticket marketplace and they have an intriguing chart that displays the average ticket price to attend a game on a daily basis.
The Orlando Magic on Monday officially announced the signings of free agents Kadeem Batts, Drew Crawford, Seth Curry, and Peyton Siva. Per team policy, terms of the deals are not disclosed. Orlando’s roster now stands at 19 players. We’ve known this would occur for about 2 weeks now. It appears that all four new players are destined for the Magic’s D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks. None of the rookies were interviewed at Media Day. Batts will wear #20, Crawford #1, Curry #30, and Siva #17.
Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reported some very intriguing information about the 4 signings over the weekend.
Although Curry, Siva, Crawford and Batts will be in Orlando over the next month to train for the upcoming season, they are not expected to practice with the Magic and will not travel for preseason games.
Don’t expect to see any of these four guys playing in the preseason, both away and at home barring injury. Rob Hennigan is already putting the new BayHawks partnership to good use.
Having recently received a pocket schedule for the Orlando Magic’s 2014-2015 season at the ‘Pure Magic’ event at Lake Eola on Friday, a lot of new information was revealed. We now know about the Amway Center theme nights. Before getting to that, let’s talk about the new ‘Pride’ uniforms the team will wear that haven’t been unveiled yet. Based on the schedule legend and previous info, they’ll be sleeved and gray, possibly with white pinstripes.
No current NBA franchise has pinstriped jerseys except for the Magic. Out of the several sleeved jerseys that exist in the league, none have been pinstriped. So it would make sense for the Magic to continue their monopoly. They’ll also be worn 12 times for regular season home games, the first time will be on November 26th when they host the Warriors. On a side note, Golden State on Sunday unveiled their ‘Pride’ jerseys. Unfortunately, that means no throwback jerseys will be worn this Magic campaign. We were all spoiled last season with those beauties. Maybe next year.
Here’s the 2014-2015 Theme Night Schedule.
October 30th: Opening Night
November 7th: Seats for Soldiers Night – Presented by Harris Corporation
January 25th & 29th: Orlando Magic FIT Week – Presented by UnitedHealthcare
January 31st: India Day – Presented by Chase
February 6th: Black History Month Celebration – Presented by Chase
February 20th: Faith & Family Night
March 1st: First Responder Night – Presented by Harris Corporation
March 6th: Noche Latina – Presented by Chase
March 20th: Teacher Appreciation Night – Presented by Dixon Ticonderoga Company
March 22nd: Youth Basketball Night – Presented by UnitedHealthcare
March 25th & 27th: NBA Green Week Celebration – Presented by OUC
April 10th & 11th: Fan Appreciation Weekend
That’s correct, not just a Fan Appreciation Day. It’s a WEEKEND.
Below you’ll find the full home schedule for jerseys the Magic will wear.
Linda Landman Gonzalez, Vice President of Community Relations and Government Affairs for the Orlando Magic, was honored on Friday with the 2014 Orlando Athena Leadership Award as reported by Megan Ribbens of the Orlando Business Journal. The annual community award honors the women leaders and leadership styles of individuals others would emulate. Here’s the Athena Orlando website.
Gonzalez joined the franchise back in September 2007. She serves in a senior leadership role overseeing community relations, government affairs, multicultural insights, and also serves as the president of the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation.
“I am honored to win this award, but the greatest honor of all is to live in Central Florida with women who daily exhibit extraordinary talent,” Gonzalez said.
Friday night found Orlando Magic big men Nikola Vucevic and Kyle O’Quinn taking pictures and interacting with fans at Lake Eola. It was all to promote the new ‘MAG_C’ structure for the “Pure Magic” campaign. They were joined by Magic Community Ambassadors Bo Outlaw and Nick Anderson, the Magic Dancers, and the FOX Sports Florida girls. The rainy conditions didn’t take away from the festive atmosphere at the venue.
Following the event, KOQ and Vucci Mane were able to chat in front of the 1-ton structure as well as the historic Lake Eola fountain. There will be plenty more to talk about at Media Day on Monday.