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It’s Magic vs. City in Brand Madness[Yardbarker: Thu 9/18 11:10 PM]
With the USL-Pro season ending, Orlando officially has two major sports teams in town.
The Lions will not hit the Citrus Bowl again until March, but in the last three years they have really taken the community by storm. The games are packed, loud and exciting. The winning and championships help too. Everyone has noticed, including some current Magic players.
Alas, the Magic are still the cream of the crop. The experienced, established brand in the marketplace. Even when the team is struggling, the Magic are ever-present in the
Mark Cuban warned about the precedent that was set when Adam Silver expelled Donald Sterling from the NBA and forced him to sell the Los Angeles Clippers.
When the next racist comment came out, the penalty was swift and accepted by the perpetrator. There was no fighting it.
Things got worse when news broke of what Danny Ferry had repeated in a scouting report on Luol Deng presented to Hawks
The winter summer of our discontent is nearly over. The NBA returns with training camps opening in two weeks. We CANNOT wait.
The Magic’s players have finished their international duties and many are probably lurking around the back rooms of Amway Center while Demi Lovato and Cirque Du Soleil’s Varekai come through. The sneakers will still be squeaking and balls bouncing as the season comes up very very quickly.
The Magic have a very interesting season coming up here in Year Three of this pretty major rebuild after the big Dwight Howard trade. The Magic might have ended up winning that trade, but the team is still far from making the Playoffs and far from winning a title.
On this episode of the Orlando Magic
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Zach Oliver of Presto in the Paint joins us to preview the storylines we will be following throughout the 2015 season.
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“Clearly I turned a corner, I learned from a lot of veterans, the coach, about the FIBA game because it’d been three years and I had not played. The last time was in 2011 with the U-20 team. I am very happy to have been part of this World Cup and it will serve me for the NBA this year.”
–Evan Fournier to France Pierron of Menu Sport in France after Les Bleus’ bronze medal finish
The Magic are preparing to round out their training camp roster, and maybe add a few more to the Erie BayHawks while they are at it.
Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel reports the Magic will invite Summer League roster invitees Seth Curry and Kadeem Betts along with previously announced signing Peyton Siva to the Magic’s training camp and,
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) September 16, 2014
It is not quite replacing the ‘a’ with a star — which the M☆gic need to do with their logo IMMEDIATELY — but the Magic will be helping fans and engaging with fans in a new way in preparation for the season.
Matthew Broffman of Bungalower reports the Magic will be installing a 6.5-feet-tall, 28-feet-wide spelling of Magic without the ‘i’ starting at Lake Eola next week. The idea is to have fans stand in place of the ‘i’ and post on social media for the chance to win prizes and interact with Magic media personalities.
It is an interesting idea.
Magic players are likely already back in town and beginning to work out together a few weeks ahead of training camp at the end of the month. The simmering of the season coming up is near. There will not be a whole lot more traveling going on from these guys.
There was plenty of that for Magic players throughout the summer. For basketball reasons — Tobias Harris and Victor Oladipo went to Las Vegas for training with the U.S. Select Team; Oladipo was in Washington for training and the Goodman League; Harris took a trip back to Knoxville for some training; Andrew Nicholson was in Europe with Team Canada; Evan Fournier has helped get France to Saturday’s 3rd Place game at the FIBA World Cup.
That is a lot of
Orlando City’s final USL Pro season came to a disheartening and disappointing end Saturday night as the eighth-seeded Harrisburg City Islanders upset the regular season champions and ended a long-standing home unbeaten streak that spans the entire 2013 season at Disney’s Wide World of Sports and much of the 2012 season at the Citrus Bowl. Orlando City is set to take a step up to the “majors” by joining Major League Soccer at the renovated Citrus Bowl.
It will be an exciting time for the city of Orlando as Magic season will roll right into the start of the first MLS campaign beginning in March.
With training camp coming up, as I have mentioned plenty of times before, many of the Magic players are already in town
Representing his home country, Evan Fournier earned a bronze medal in World Cup play.
Fournier shot 0-of-4 from the floor for four points in the bronze-medal game. In the tournament, the 21-year-old made 15 appearances, averaging 6.9 points per game on 38.5 percent shooting from
Evan Fournier played in only 16 minutes, scoring four points off four free throws and missing all four of his shots.
That is probably not what he will remember from this game or from this tournament. France defeated Lithuania 95-93 to secure the bronze medal. This game was all about Boris Diaw, who scored 15 points, and about France’s 31-22 fourth quarter. Before the third quarter it looked like Jonas Valanciunas and Lithuania would pull away and secure the medal.
France though just appears to have Lithuania’s number.
Les Bleus defeated Lithuania in last summer’s Eurobasket final.
Fournier’s World Cup was a bit of an up-and-down affair. He averaged 6.9 points per game and shot 56.5
The NBA season is upon us and USA TODAY is rolling out their NBA Watchability Rankings.
Despite the addition of high-flying rookies Elfrid Payton and Aaron Gordon, the young Magic come in at 26th. Here is why Adi Joseph thinks you should be watching the Magic:
“Vucci Mane”: Only two players in the NBA have averaged 11 rebounds a game and shot 50% from the field each of the past two seasons: Howard and Vucevic. The Montenegrin big man has quickly emerged as one of the toughest big men in the NBA, and his offensive skills have improved every step of
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“Obviously, I want to be here. … I love the fans, the city of Orlando and the guys. Management knows I want to be here. It’s the perfect situation for me.”
–Tobias Harris on his pending extension negotiations and the possibility of entering restricted free agency at the end of the season.