Orlando Magic training camp invitees Peyton Siva, Kadeem Batts, Drew Crawford, and Seth Curry know that they most likely won’t be making the final 15-man roster for the October 28th regular season opener. Odds are that three or even all four players will be on the Erie BayHawks by the end of October. Lost in the insanity of Saturday’s college football insanity, was these four men sharing some laughs in the back of a car last night and Siva recording the action.
It seems like harmless fun among professionals who are going to be guaranteed money just to spend a few weeks working with the Magic. If it wasn’t, then I highly doubt Peyton would have uploaded it to social media and have his teammates retweet and happily respond to it. It’s four guys kicking back on a Saturday night and enjoying their free time following a second consecutive day of exhausting 2-a-day practices knowing they would have Sunday off.
Maybe we can make this an NBA TV show like how Jerry Seinfeld has his Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee web show. Call it Ballers in Backseats or something. So new BayHawks Head Coach Bill Peterson will at least have a few of his future acquisitions having built some chemistry together.
UPDATE: 10/5/14 4:22 p.m. – As you may notice, the Vine clips from Siva’s account no longer exist. Carry on, readers.
Orlando Magic fans are invited to an exclusive look at this season’s Magic squad. We already knew some information on this event, but now we know the specific time. On Monday October 20th, the team will hold an open practice Amway Center from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST. It’s free to the public and you can download your ticket(s) here. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event is presented by Chase.
Folks can view the new roster of players, witness how Jacque Vaughn and his coaching staff do work, explore Amway Center, and pick your seats for games you may want to purchase throughout the season. Apparently there will be special offers on season tickets and flex plans. The Orlando Magic Team Shop presented by adidas will be open if you wish to buy authentic Magic gear.
The Magic will hold their free, open-to-the-public practice on Oct. 20, with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Practice starts at 7.
— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) October 6, 2014
After reporting no new injuries from Friday’s 2-a-day training camp session, the Magic on Saturday are once again practicing twice. I sense a day off coming very shortly. Channing Frye won’t be available to play for an unknown amount of time, but he’s gingerly walking around on his left knee without much of a limp. New Erie BayHawks Head Coach Bill Peterson was present, probably to check on guys like Peyton Siva, Drew Crawford, Kadeem Batts, and Seth Curry. Magic Head Coach Jacque Vaughn has been very pleased with rookies Elfrid Payton, Aaron Gordon, and Devyn Marble in regards to handling the workload and adapting from expected mistakes.
Single-game tickets for the Orlando Magic 2014-2015 season are becoming available to the general public on October 10th. UNLESS you’re a Chase Bank client. Check your e-mail accounts because you can buy tickets now. This instant. Chase Credit and Debit Cardmembers get a head start on the sale of Magic single-game tickets because they are a proud partner of the Orlando Magic. The offer is available while supplies last. First come, first served. Limit of 10 tickets per game. The sale ends October 9th at 10 p.m. EST.
Chase is offering their clients access to tickets for regular season home games through January 3, 2015 AND to four matchups in January and February with the Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Lakers, and Chicago Bulls. If you’re a Chase Cardmember and you haven’t received an e-mail from the financial institution, contact Chase.
As reported by John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com and Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Magic big man Channing Frye suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee on Thursday during practice. There is no scheduled return as of yet, but he’ll be out for at least a few weeks. Apparently it occurred in a collision with Ben Gordon.
#Magic PF Channing Frye suffered a sprained MCL in left knee on Thurs.
— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) October 3, 2014
#Magic F Channing Frye said he suffered the injury on Thurs when he was going right and Ben Gordon was going left and their knees collided.
— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) October 3, 2014
Channing appeared in good spirits on Instagram when his Arizona Wildcats upset Oregon in football late Thursday night, and again this morning when he was interviewed on the matter of his MCL sprain. Channing isn’t all that concerned about missing extended time because he’s already familiar with the type of offensive system the team is running. Frye is even going to lift weights today.
— Adam Papageorgiou (@adamosgp) October 3, 2014
There is no timetable yet for his return, but it may be possible that Frye could return for the season opener in New Orleans on October 28th. Regardless, this stalls the team chemistry that was being built. This opens the door for someone else to start at power forward. Maybe Tobias Harris, possibly Kyle O’Quinn, don’t count out Andrew Nicholson or even Aaron Gordon. Frye played all 82 games last season with the Phoenix Suns. No structural damage is great news.
Last season, Memphis Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol needed 7-8 weeks to recover from his MCL sprain. Washington Wizards big man Nene missed 6-7 weeks with his sprained MCL. Frye’s recovery time could be much quicker than the mentioned timetables for Gasol and Nene. Again, it’s too early to predict how may weeks Channing will be out. We’ll just have to wait and see how the 31-year-old Frye will respond to the treatment he receives.
Friday’s Orlando Magic pre-practice interview session was hijacked by the unfortunate news of Channing Frye spraining the MCL in his left knee. The initial reaction by Jacque Vaughn, Kyle O’Quinn, and Andrew Nicholson seemed to be of concern for the 31-year-old big man. However, swift attention by the Magic medical team helped alleviate major worries. So questions focused over to how and who steps up at the power forward position in the absence of Channing. After practicing only once on Thursday, Orlando is back to a 2-a-day.
Orlando Magic Head Coach Jacque Vaughn was overall pleased with how his first 2-a-day practice went. They may repeat it again on Thursday. Vaughn didn’t name a particular player that stood out to him, but he seems encouraged by the roster’s effort up to this point. Jacque did mention that Maurice Harkless has been a consistent performer up to this point. Vaughn then went into detail about Evan Fournier, “breaking bread” in Spain, as well as discussed the hiring of new assistant coach Jay Hernandez and his ties with coach Brett Gunning. Depending on how the first practice goes, the Magic may or may not be going twice again today.
Second round selection Devyn Marble is adjusting himself well to his new profession. The Iowa Hawkeye has a nice Big Ten school rivalry going with Victor Oladipo and Drew Crawford. Fournier and Nikola Vucevic have a solid bond going between their French dialects. Fournier is also more talented than his yellow belt in judo gives him credit.
Below are interviews from Devyn Marble, Evan Fournier, and Nikola Vucevic.
FOX Sports Florida, the regional television home of the Orlando Magic, announced on Wednesday that the network will televise the Magic’s preseason home opener on Wednesday October 15th at 7:00 p.m. versus Brazilian squad Flamengo. David Steele will handle play-by-play duties, alongside color analyst Jeff Turner, with Dante Marchitelli reporting from the sidelines as we will expect come the regular season.
The broadcast will provide Magic fans with their first look at the 2014-15 edition of the Orlando Magic since it appears this will be only preseason contest of the 8 total that will be televised in Orlando.
Winners of the Brazilian National League Title, the FIBA Americas League Continental Title, and their 40th ‘State’ championship, Rio de Janeiro Flamengo will be the first South American squad to face an NBA opponent as part of a preseason exhibition this season. They also just this weekend defeated Euroleague champions Maccabi Tel Aviv. It’s a pretty big deal.
— Adam Papageorgiou (@adamosgp) September 28, 2014
— Eurohoops.net (@Eurohoopsnet) September 28, 2014
It’ll be intriguing to see what the Brazilian-to-Magic fan ratio will look like at Amway Center come the 15th of October.
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.