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Gringos Locos to Open 2 Locations Inside Amway Center

2014 October 14
by Adam Papageorgiou

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This isn’t a basketball-related story, but this will benefit the taste buds of any Orlando Magic fan that attends a game at Amway Center. Every Central Floridian’s favorite local fast-casual Mexican eatery, Gringos Locosannounced on its Facebook page that they’re opening two new restaurant locations inside Amway Center. Previously, there were only two other locations in and around Downtown Orlando. People who are not big Magic fans will go to games now because of Gringos Locos. Not kidding, it has that type of following.

There will be one Gringos Locos spot directly behind the Budweiser Baseline Bar in the arena that’ll be open for EVERY event hosted by Amway Center. I’m very confident it’ll be the most popular food option during Magic games, concerts, Solar Bear games, and other events. The second location will be in the upper levels and open for most events.

Personally, I think Gringos Locos is better than Tijuana Flats which is another great local fast-casual Mexican food establishment that Orlando can take credit for. Locos make a killer quesadilla and nacho plate.

 

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

Ben Gordon Goes Off as Magic Fall Short in Charlotte

2014 October 13
by Adam Papageorgiou
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Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images

The Orlando Magic just barely fell short of winning a third consecutive road game in this preseason, losing in Charlotte 99-97 to the Hornets. Orlando was led in scoring by Ben Gordon who had 17 points in eighteen minutes off the bench. Some of the circus shots the 31-year-old made I had not seen Ben convert in almost a decade. In his first start, Magic rookie Elfrid Payton tallied 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists as the 20-year-old looks ready to be a permanent starter the way he impacted the offense and defense. Tobias Harris contributed 14 points and 9 rebounds while Nikola Vucevic added 10 points and 7 rebounds as both men were efficient with their touches.

Orlando was playing catch-up much of the evening due to Charlotte playing their starters extended minutes. Al Jefferson tallied 20 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist contributed 14 points. Jannero Pargo was the story though for Charlotte. 16 points, all of it coming in the fourth quarter. Statistically, the main differences in the contest were Charlotte winning the points off turnovers battle (22-13) and second-chance points (17-7). On the bright side, it’s 3 straight entertaining road performances from the Magic. Something we couldn’t mention last season.

 

Below is the full game recap.

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The Magic Support Draft Lottery Reform. Why?

2014 October 13
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

The NBA is on the verge of making drastic changes to how their Draft Lottery will operate, and apparently the Orlando Magic are in favor of reform according to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel. Currently, the team with the worst record in the league has a 25% chance at getting the #1 pick. Second-worst has 19.9% chance, and third-worst a 15.6% opportunity at the number one overall selection. Based on what Commissioner Adam Silver and other media members have hinted at, the benefits of tanking – losing on purpose to raise a team’s lottery chances – are going to decrease immensely.

Grantland is reporting that the new lottery proposal will have the four worst teams getting an equal 11 or 12% chance of winning the #1 pick, and the top six teams in the draft order would be determined by a ping pong ball drawing (it’s only top 3 right now). That means the worst team in the league could drop all the down to the 7th pick. All of this could occur by the next Draft Lottery which would be in May. That makes the tank-happy Philadelphia 76ers very unhappy. It’s all about the Sixers though, just look at the awful 2011-2012 Bobcats.

Would the reform fix all tanking? No, but it’s going to be an upgrade over what the Association currently has.

This reform is outstanding news for the league but also the Magic. A few reasons as to why below.

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Don’t Let Maurice Harkless Catch You Sleeping

2014 October 13
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Orlando Magic’s Maurice Harkless represents a lot of 21-year-olds around the country. He’s good at playing FIFA. He doesn’t sleep on planes much apparently. Oh yeah, and he’ll snap pictures of his friends/teammates snoozing. The evidence was posted by Maurice on Sunday as the team flew up to Charlotte for their matchup against the Hornets on Monday. Dewayne Dedmon, Andrew Nicholson, Victor Oladipo, and rookie Elfrid Payton were the victims. I sense payback in the future.

 


I’m astounded at how easy it is for so many guys to sleep in the middle of the afternoon on a 1-hour and 40-minute flight.

 

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

No Magic Player’s College is Safe from Upsets

2014 October 13
by Adam Papageorgiou

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People around the globe have massive pride for their colleges and universities, especially in sports and more precisely in the aspect of college football. Case in point for the Orlando Magic, Channing Frye is a very proud Arizona Wildcats alum. Over a week ago Frye made a friendly punishment wager with his wife and Luke Ridnour on the result of the Wildcats road game against the favored Oregon Ducks. Well Arizona upset the Ducks and here’s what happened.

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Doubt bet against us @iamaarongordon !

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Frye wanted to double down this weekend. This time the challenge was the USC Trojans. Both Nikola Vucevic and Dewayne Dedmon are USC products. Well this time Arizona ended up losing. So Channing got to see the unhappy side of college football.

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Dammit @d_dedmon3 . Still rocking #uofa all day

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These guys are already comfortable enough to joke around with each other, and we’re barely a week through the preseason. Few NBA teams in the league have as much developing chemistry as this Magic squad.

 

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

Orlando Beats Indiana to Snag 2nd Road Exhibition Victory

2014 October 10
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images

The Orlando Magic are 2-0 in preseason play with both wins having come on the road as Orlando defeated the Pacers in Indiana on Friday night, 96-93. Exhibitions or not, this is important. Orlando was 2-6 in the preseason each of the past 2 years. Orlando is 2-0 on the road, but this is also their 3rd road exhibition win in Year 3 of Jacque Vaughn‘s reign. This how you pick up good habits, by winning in Miami and in Indiana. Tobias Harris led all scorers with 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. Nikola Vucevic tallied 12 points and 6 rebounds. Kyle O’Quinn off the bench helped clinch the victory with a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double performance.

Orlando shot 48.8 FG% while holding Indiana to 38.3 FG%. The Magic won the points in the paint battle as well 40-30 Get used to those two trends. The Magic won the rebound battle 46-38 and really did an outstanding job of battling the entire evening. The Pacers were able to keep the game close thanks to 3-point shooting. Indiana was 9-for-24 from long range while Orlando only managed 2-of-9 from deep. All 12 Magic players that played scored.

Aaron Gordon was an efficient 3-for-4 from the field as he finished with 6 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Elfrid Payton may need to get some starts sooner rather than later as he finished with 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting night. Evan Fournier contributed 11 points and 4 assists. The entire Orlando roster contributed in a positive manner.

 

Below you’ll find the detailed game recap.

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20,000 Orlando Residents Part of Pure Magic T-Shirt Delivery

2014 October 10
by Adam Papageorgiou

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Some Friday morning Orlando resident risers may have woken up to a surprise at their front doors. 20,000 Central Florida folks should have received a gift. The Orlando Magic and Chase teamed up to deliver t-shirts to these residents’ door steps as part of the team’s ‘Pure Magic’ campaign and to remind fans that ’14-’15 tickets go on sale TODAY for everyone.

In addition, fans are encouraged to continue uploading their photos through the Magic’s social media platforms to participate in the season-long “How are you Pure Magic?” social media sweepstakes using the hashtag #PureMagicSweeps for a chance to win tickets to the October 30th home opener, a luxury suite night, and other prizes throughout the season. Magic fans who post photos also have a chance to be featured on the team’s website, FOX Sports Florida TV broadcasts or on the big screen at Amway Center.

 

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

Magic-Indiana Preseason Preparation Interviews

2014 October 9
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Orlando Magic were able to sneak in a practice on Thursday before flying out later in the afternoon to Indiana for their preseason matchup with the Pacers. Head Coach Jacque Vaughn knows there will be different starters from what we saw in the Miami contest. JV has been pleased with Elfrid Payton and how he has progressed with the point guard load. Victor Oladipo may be progressing quicker from his sprained MCL injury than initially predicted. Before chatting with us Vic walked with the basketball, jumped up about a foot as he attempted a lay-up, landed and swiftly jogged over to the interview area. Everyone is in good spirits as they look to build off a great showing in Miami.

Jacque Vaughn:

 

Below are interviews of Tobias Harris and Victor Oladipo as well as some practice footage.

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ESPN Ranks Magic Roster in Top 500 List

2014 October 8
by Adam Papageorgiou

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ESPN.com and the TrueHoop Network – which is over 200 contributors – are ranking every NBA player and counting them down on Twitter (@ESPNNBA) from #500 to the top of the food chain. This if the 4th year they’re conducting this ranking. That means fifteen Orlando Magic players obviously get mentioned as well.

The ESPN Forecast panel rated each player on a 0-to-10 scale in terms of “the overall level of play for each player for the upcoming NBA season.” This includes both the quality and the quantity of his expected contributions, combined in one overall rating. So it’s not surprising to see some questionable results when you have that many individuals involved in your process. Here’s what they came up with.

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Below you’ll find a further breakdown with errors and opinion.

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Magic Interviews Following the Miami Victory

2014 October 8
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Orlando Magic are 1-0 to begin the preseason and were back in town Wednesday morning to practice following that victory over the Heat. It’s always the ideal way you want to start your campaign as a rookie, or any player for that matter. Head Coach Jacque Vaughn was very pleased with his team’s effort, especially what Elfrid Payton provided. Channing Frye and Victor Oladipo are not practicing due to their sprained MCLs, but Willie Green is back to partial practices as he recovers from a hyper-extended knee.

Jacque Vaughn:

 

Aaron Gordon:

 

Devyn Marble:

 

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