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There was some shock when the Magic elected to take the offensively raw Aaron Gordon with the fourth overall pick in the Draft. There was a little bit more shock when the Magic pulled the trigger on a deal that sent two picks to Philadelphia to move up two spots and take Eflrid Payton.
Both players were not particularly known for their offense in college and both players have a lot of promise but were in need of a lot of work on the offensive end.
Neither player though needs much work on the defensive side of the ball. And in making these selections, the Magic made clear what path and what identity they want the team to have — hard working, humble and defensive-minded. The first two are things you want in any NBA player,
The following quotes via John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com:
“He’s a great player already. I love how he plays and he plays with so much confidence. He totally deserves to be up here (with team USA) and I’m already a big fan of his. I love how he takes the game so serious.
“I’m here for him if he ever needs me. I know how serious he takes it. He’s such a talent with his size, what he can do on the floor and how he reads opponents, especially defensively. He’s a big-time talent.”
–Bulls guard Derrick Rose
“There’s so much happening for Vic in such a short period of
The Magic slipped from second to third in the 2014 balloting.
For the second consecutive year, the Orlando Magic dipped in popularity among voters in Orlando Weekly's annual Best of Orlando balloting. The 2014 results, posted Wednesday, show the Magic trailing Orlando City Soccer and the UCF Knights among local sports teams. The Magic fell to Orlando City Soccer in the 2013 voting, marking the first
“I honestly do not know what happened. Everything was going great and now Harkless canceled the trip and everything is complicated. Since then everything has been more difficult. We do not know if the pressure of the Orlando Magic team or the people around him, but communication has not flowed as before. Was a little frustrating.”
–Puerto Rico Basketball Federation President Carlos Beltran to Raul Alzaga of Primera Hora (translated by Google Translate)
The program airs Wednesday at 7 PM on Fox Sports Florida.
Fox Sports Florida will début a new Inside the Magic special, entitled "Mid-Summer Magic," on Wednesday evening at 7 PM to offer Orlando Magic fans a chance to get to know some of the new players their team has added over the summer.
Paul Kennedy hosts the program, which will feature Dante Marchitelli's interviews with Orlando rookies Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton. "Mid-Summer Magic" will also include segments introducing free-agent pickups
I am hearing that longtime NBA veteran referee Dick Bavetta is retiring. Not official yet though, according to NBA sources. Bavetta is 74.
— Ailene Voisin (@ailene_voisin) July 29, 2014
For now, forget about the No. 4 overall label that's attached to Aaron Gordon's profile. Ignore the buzz that's surrounded him since his days as a McDonald's All-American.
Feel free to get excited about some jaw-dropping highlight plays—those babies will be there as long as Gordon gets an opportunity.
But if you're looking for a Rookie of the Year contender or a sleeper for your 2014-15 fantasy squad, look somewhere else.
Gordon will be turning just 19 years old in September, making him one of the youngest players in the NBA. And at this point, his skill level is too far behind
The former Louisville standout will reportedly join Orlando for training camp.
The Orlando Magic will sign free-agent point guard Peyton Siva in the days ahead, reports Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports. According to Orlando Sentinel scribe Josh Robbins, the Magic plan to bring Siva to training camp with them in October, and then send him to the Erie BayHawks, their NBA D-League affiliate.
Peyton Siva has agreed to terms with the Orlando Magic, a source told Yahoo Sports.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 29, 2014
“[Dwight] Howard also said of [Chandler] Parsons’s departure that it would not affect the team at all. Coming on the heels of the [James] Harden comments. Parsons said he did not mind the comments, but called them “ridiculous.”
The callousness from Howard might hurt Parsons even more. He grew up in Orlando and did have a relationship with Howard as one of the area’s best players in Howard’s city. He helped recruit Howard to Houston and make him comfortable in a new city. His free agency departure was about role and business.
Howard continues to throw
Last week, Matt Barnes took to Twitter, Instagram and social media asking for help tracking down the prime suspect in the murder of his aunt in Sacramento. Thanks to a tip from a citizen, Sacramento police apprehended the man. Barnes took to Twitter to express his thanks and speak up for those who do not have the platform he does:
Michael Williams, suspect in the 24th street homicide, is in police custody thanks to a citizen tip. He was located in the Sacramento area.”
— Matt Barnes (@Matt_Barnes22) July 29, 2014
We are very grateful & humbled by all the help we
The Orlando Magic took a chance on Aaron Gordon with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, and they have to be pleased with how his skills are translating to the NBA thus far—at least, when it comes to throwing it down.
The rookie put together an Instagram video entitled "Light work" that showed off his athleticism with a series of highlight-reel dunks.
The Minnesota Timberwolves' Zach LaVine has been showcasing
“He wants to focus on the Magic and getting ready for his most important season to date. He is 100 percent focused on getting better every day. He felt that although representing Puerto Rico would be an invaluable experience, it was not realistic to think that he could work on his game within a team atmosphere the way he could by staying here.”
From an official Orlando Magic press release:
On Wednesday, July 30 at 7:00 p.m., FOX Sports Florida, the regional television home of the Orlando Magic, will debut a new episode of “Inside the Magic.” Titled “Mid-Summer Magic,” this episode will provide Magic fans with exclusive access to Orlando’s newest additions.
The show begins with enlightening sit-down interviews between Dante Marchitelli and the Magic’s first round draft picks, forward Aaron Gordon and point guard Elfrid Payton. Hosted by Paul Kennedy, fans will hear from new faces in forward-center
The Orlando Predators have inked a three-year lease with the City of Orlando to play their games at the Amway Center starting next year, Mark Schlueb of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
The Predators were forced to move to CFE Arena at UCF this season because they were unable to come to a new agreement with the city. New owner David Siegel, who just bought the team, wanted to return the team to Downtown Orlando. The lease agreement appears to be more favorable to the Predators than their previous lease agreement, according to Schlueb.
It will be nice having the Predators back downtown,
Looking for real estate in suburban Chicago? Ben Gordon is listing his town home in Northbrook for $475,000 according to Bob Goldsborough of The Chicago Tribune:
Former Chicago Bulls guard Ben Gordon, whom the Orlando Magic recently signed to a two-year deal, has listed his three-bedroom town home in a gated community in Northbrook for $475,000.
Gordon is set to take a major loss on the 2,400-square-foot town home, which is in the gated Royal Ridge community that for many years was popular with Chicago Bulls. He paid $660,000 for it in 2004, and first had tried listing it in 2010 for $800,000. He later had it on the market in 2011 for $610,000, $585,000 and $475,000 before taking it off the market later
One national writer thinks Orlando took a step backward after its second straight lottery campaign.
The addition of Luke Ridnour likely completed the Orlando Magic's offseason tweaks, as it gave them a full complement of 15 players more than two months ahead of training camp. Will their tweaks pay off? Only time will tell, but the view from SB Nation NBA editor Tom Ziller's perch isn't optimistic: he names Orlando among three bad NBA teams that managed to take a step back in the
The event is free and open to the public.
The Orlando Magic will hold their final auditions for the 2014/15 Magic Dancers this Thursday, July 31st, at Amway Center. Fans can attend the free event, which runs from 7-9 PM, by downloading a ticket from this page on the team's website.
Each of the 30 finalists will perform a routine for a live audience and what the Magic call "a distinguished panel of judges." Orlando's website will stream the performances and will allow fans to vote for their favorites here.
At the end of
The offseason is more or less over for the Magic. Friday, the team announced the signing of Luke Ridnour, putting the roster officially at 15 players. That leaves no room for anyone else.
Since it is the end of July and the basketball topics are drying up, it is time to review the offseason.
It has been a summer of promise for the Magic. They have continued to look at the development of Victor Oladipo and reformed the backcourt with Elfrid Payton. They drafted Aaron Gordon, putting pressure on the forward positions to sort itself out.
One thing that appears to be more than constant is center Nikola Vucevic.
His position and role
“That makes it even more of a complete honor to be part of something so special. It’s a blessing to be a part of the team. Like anything that I do, I’m going to go with it and just go there and work as hard as I can and play my game. To be recognized to be a part of it, it just shows that the hard work has been paying off and that people respect my game and the hard work that I put in.”
Harris, as Robbins notes, missed out on playing with the U18 team at the 2010 World Championships