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Dwight’s Latest Confession Session Displays His Naivety

2016 May 22
by Adam Papageorgiou

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It was discussed a bit in the latest episode of the Penny & Pops Podcast, but Dwight Howard may not be salvaged as far as acquiring sound logic goes. The 30-year-old former franchise center continued his offseason marketing campaign by partaking in a revealing interview with ESPN‘s Jackie MacMullen.

Plenty of topics were brought up. Not getting along with James Harden. Kobe Bryant dogging him. Wanting more touches. How he’ll have to make a decision on if he’ll opt out of his $23.2 million ’16-’17 player option (which he will if/when the Rockets hire Mike D’Antoni). I did enjoy the Clifford Ray reunion since he still shows up to Amway Center games sometimes. I’m obviously going to focus on the Magic items that were mentioned in the Dwight piece.

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Orlando Officially Announces Hiring of Frank Vogel

2016 May 20
by Adam Papageorgiou

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GM Rob Hennigan was already giving afternoon radio interviews, but the Orlando Magic on Friday officially announced that Frank Vogel is now the 13th Head Coach in franchise history.

The 42-year-old Vogel took over the Indiana Pacers in the middle of the 2010-2011 season for his first opportunity at the lead job. He got that squad into the playoffs that campaign, and he didn’t look back. Not until Larry Bird surprisingly chose not to offer Vogel another contract after the #7 seed Pacers lost their 7-game series meeting with the #2 seed Toronto Raptors.

Vogel’s tenure in Indiana is longer than any coach ever had in Orlando. Longer than Doc Rivers. Even Stan Van Gundy. Vogel finished with a 250-181 (.580) record with the Pacers. He led that team to 2 trips to the Eastern Conference Finals, losing to the Miami Heat’s ‘big 3’ each time. Vogel has a solid 31-30 playoff record. That’s more postseason games than any Magic coach ever, and only Stan Van Gundy has as many victories (31-28). Vogel made 5 of the last 6 postseasons. The only one he missed was when Paul George was out that entire campaign due to that horrifying leg injury he suffered.

Orlando is in no doubt a better position now than they were with Scott Skiles at the helm. And to think, Skiles only departed a week ago. Listening and reading the quotes from Vogel, Hennigan, and Alex Martins is very uplifting from my viewpoint.

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Aaron Gordon Provides Motion Capture Help for 2K17 Game

2016 May 19
by Adam Papageorgiou
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Jerson Sapida – NBA 2K

Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon knew that his life had changed after he and Zach LaVine put on probably the greatest dunk contest in All-Star Weekend history back in February up in Canada. #00 definitely should have won, but at least AG is continuing to see his public image soar. With that comes perks. Commercials, branding, and more.

Aaron had the chance to spend some time with the video game makers of NBA 2K17. The 20-year-old got to put on a motion capture suit. The sensors pick up AG’s body and its movements, and that data gets transferred into the 2K game. Aaron is one of the best athletes in the NBA currently, so he got to let loose with dunks and other basketball moves.

 

 

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Magic Have Two Teams Again for 2016 Orlando Summer League

2016 May 19
by Adam Papageorgiou

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Lost in the craziness of the Orlando Magic finalizing their deal with Frank Vogel, the Orlando Pro Summer League will be back again this July. It will take place once more at the practice court inside Amway Center. The Magic will have two teams just like last summer – ‘Blue’, and ‘White’ – and the round robin style event will occur between July 2nd through the 8th. The event is closed to the public.

The 25-game, 7-day event will also have the Charlotte Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, and Oklahoma City Thunder participate. Each squad will play 5 games during the week.

On the final day of action, there will be a ‘championship day’. The Memphis Grizzlies – who are not attending this year – took down Orlando White last summer to claim the title. It’s always a fun event for those who do attend. Draft picks, players clawing to get into the league, and current young NBAers fighting to impress the many coaches, scouts, and front office individuals that are in attendance.  The event is also occurring in the heat of free agency.

Below is the schedule, detailed rules, and points system.

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Penny & Pops Podcast: Frank Vogel, Come on Down!

2016 May 19

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The second episode of the Penny & Pops Podcast came about sooner than expected, mostly because the Orlando Magic were able to hire Frank Vogel as the team’s new Head Coach. This coming exactly 1 week after Scott Skiles walked away. We discuss how excited the fan base is with the acquisition of Vogel. We look at the other three names that were interviewed – Adrian Griffin, David Vanterpool, J.B. Bickerstaff – and speculate on whether Adrian Griffin will stay in Orlando as an assistant, or bolt elsewhere.

The Draft Lottery and my incorrect prediction get brought up. Should the Magic trade their #11 pick? Also, Dwight Howard found a way to force us to talk about him. I didn’t get the podcast microphone shipped to me by Amazon in time, so you get one more episode of some lovely laptop background noise. Thank you very much for your patience, and we appreciate you kind folks listening/subscribing to the podcast on the multiple platforms it can be found at.

Warning: Adult Language

 

Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO.

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The Perception of ‘Cheap’ or ‘Expensive’ Cannot Be Ignored

2016 May 18
by Adam Papageorgiou

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It’s been a week since Scott Skiles notified the Orlando Magic that he was stepping down as Head Coach. The franchise has been moving at a respectable pace to find a replacement.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports The Vertical reports that the Magic met and interviewed Frank Vogel on Monday for their Head Coach position.

 

 

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports that current Magic lead assistant coach Adrian Griffin was interviewed by the team on Tuesday up in New York prior to the NBA Draft Lottery. Players and GMs certainly seem to respect Griffin:

In NBA.com’s 2014-15 GM Survey, general managers were asked to name the league’s best assistant coach. Griffin tied for second place in that poll, along with the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tyronn Lue, the San Antonio Spurs’ Ettore Messina and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Mike Woodson.

That’s two confirmed candidates that the Magic have actually interviewed. Well, actually 3 now that Jason Quick of CSNNW reports that Portland assistant David Vanterpool also got an interview, but I’d say Griffin-Vogel are the more serious candidates for Head Coach. There may be more coming.

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Orlando Will Pick 11th, 41st, and 47th in 2016 NBA Draft

2016 May 17
by Adam Papageorgiou
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Screenshot off ESPN coverage

In many ways it was supposed to be anticlimactic. They only had a 0.8% chance of nabbing the #1 pick, 0.95% at #2, and 1.15% chance at the 3rd pick. But still, it was still disappointing for the Orlando Magic to see their 90.7% odds of getting the 11th pick in the upcoming 2016 NBA Draft come to fruition.

Pat Williams was in the behind-the-scenes room for the second straight year during the actual ping pong ball drawing. Magic GM Rob Hennigan was on the television stage for the first time as the basketball viewing audience got to find out that Dikembe Mutombo was correct hours earlier when he accidentally tweeted his congratulations on the Philadelphia Sixers winning the #1 pick.

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Orlando Could Use Some Historical Draft Lottery Luck

2016 May 16
by Adam Papageorgiou

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If there is one thing that Orlando Magic GM Rob Hennigan has yet to see since taking the job in 2012 is some good NBA Draft Lottery luck. That may not change on Tuesday night.

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Penny & Pops Podcast: Scott Skiles’ Resignation

2016 May 15
by Adam Papageorgiou

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It is with great happiness and pride that after about five years of being away from the podcast game, fellow Magic Basketball Online contributor Spenser Strode and I have decided to bring back the Penny & Pops Podcast. If you have never heard of that before, don’t worry, we’re a little unique.

Instead of doing a podcast that covers the entire NBA though, we’re only talking Orlando Magic, which is more than fine for us natives. Especially since we have not been pleased with the inadequate national and local coverage the team receives.

There are few people on this planet that have as much pride for this Magic franchise as Spenser (Penny) and I (Pops) do. For our inaugural episode, we dive into Scott Skiles resigning from his coaching duties. We throw names of potential coaching candidates that should and shouldn’t be interviewed. I also make a bold Draft Lottery prediction as that’s coming up on Tuesday.

A few things to note:

  • All of our podcast episodes will probably have some profanity in them. We are going to try and make every episode a conversation. We’re 20-something dudes. People like us throw in a curse word here and there. So if you have little kids, I don’t recommend you have them listen to us.
  • For just this episode only, we didn’t have a podcast-specific microphone. I purchased one, I’m hopeful it’ll ship on time and that we’ll be using it for the next episodes moving forward. Unfortunately for this inaugural episode, you can definitely hear the background noise of my laptop fan. Our voices are fairly loud though. Again, I apologize for the background noise. I hope it doesn’t take away from the great conversation we had.
  • We don’t have a specific schedule for when we’ll be cranking these podcasts out. We’re adults with careers and lives too. So no promises in that regard. I will say that we’re going to have fun doing every single episode. The day it becomes tiresome or ‘a pain’ is the day we stop. Same goes for this website. Hopefully with the new MBO logo and banner, and now this podcast, maybe it’ll bring the Magic some good mojo and winning times will be coming again.
  • There isn’t a set format. We’re open to public critiquing, criticism, and suggestions. We might play around with games and segments. Length wise, the aim is for each podcast episode to not exceed 35 minutes.

We will have a dedicated ‘Podcast’ section on this MBO site where we’ll throw in all of our episodes. We’re turning to Soundcloud to host each episode for now. More importantly, be on the lookout for the podcast to pop up on iTunes. Any subscriptions and awesome ratings we get would make us giddy with joy. If you want the podcast to be available anywhere else, please drop a comment.

So with that, please enjoy our first episode. Thank you very much for listening and providing any and all feedback. This is for the casual and diehard Magic follower. The new and old school fan.

 

 

Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO.

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Victor Oladipo Sat First Row to Watch Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

2016 May 14
by Adam Papageorgiou

I know that Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo has been friends with Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade for years. I know both were coached by Tom Crean in college – Vic at Indiana, Wade at Marquette – but I still don’t like seeing ‘Dipo sitting in the first row of the Game 6 playoff matchup between the Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat to support Wade.

 

 

 

As a born-and-raised Orlando supporter, it just looks unnatural. I still believe in rivalries, and that possessing a huge hatred for Miami is actually quite healthy. Unfortunately as the years progress since the Magic and Heat last faced off in a postseason series back in 1997, the younger generation of players do not share my hatred for the franchise down south.

 

 

Scott Skiles resigned from the Magic on Thursday. Oladipo thanked his former coach on social media. Curiously, no other current Orlando player has bid Skiles farewell yet in a public manner.

Oh, the Heat won on Friday night to force a Game 7 up in Canada. Here’s to Toronto eliminating our sunshine state foe on Sunday.

 

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