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Orlando Magic rise 10 spots in ESPN Future Power Rankings

The Orlando Magic are searching for stability and planning a big offseason. ESPN seems optimistic rising the team 10 spots in the future power rankings. The Orlando Magic have long sold the future. In this rebuild, the Magic have taken a long-term approach to their rebuild. They built slowly through the draft and accumulated talent. […] Orlando Magic rise 10 spots in ESPN Future...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
2 hours ago

Orlando Magic Off-Season Manifesto

With the trade of Tobias Harris and stated goal of making the playoffs in the 2017 season, expect the Orlando Magic to swing for the fences this offseason. With the trade of Tobias Harris to the Detroit Pistons for nothing other than cap fodder, the Orlando Magic signaled their intentions moving forward with the franchise. […] Orlando Magic Off-Season Manifesto - Orlando Magic...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
1 day ago

Mario Hezonja’s slow growth found its groove in the end

Mario Hezonja struggled throughout his rookie year until the light finally clicked at the end, providing confidence and hope for what is to come. A top-five draft pick is supposed to be many things. There is a perception about what a draft pick this high is supposed to be. They are supposed to become stars […] Mario Hezonja’s slow growth found its groove in the end - Orlando...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
1 day ago

Building an identity key for Vogel, Magic

One of the first steps the Magic must take to becoming a winner is building an identity under Frank Vogel. Every successful NBA team has an identity. For some, they take a high quantity of three-point shots, while others shift their focus on the defensive end. Some teams rely heavily on a free-flowing offense to help them generate quality shots possessions after possession. After...
Via Orlando PInstriped Post
1 day ago

Orlando Magic are making it known that they will be heavily involved during free agency

Ever since center Dwight Howard left the Orlando Magic, the organization has been rebuilding their roster through the NBA Draft. Going into this season, many thought that the Magic would at least make the playoffs but they disappointed instead. But now that the Magic have hired Frank Vogel, many feel like he could help the team take that next step. Magic CEO Alex Martins feels...
Via No Guts, No Glory
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Frank Vogel is right coach at right time in Orlando

Fun. That’s the most important part of all of this. Frank Vogel was introduced as the Orlando Magic’s 12th coach in franchise history today, and that’s what he talked about. “We’re going to win and we’re going to have fun winning,” he told the assembled media. "We're going to win and we're going to have fun winning." - @OrlandoMagic coach Frank Vogel https://t...
Via Crossover Chronicles
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Vogel lands in Orlando as new Magic head coach

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Magic made it official Friday, announcing Frank Vogel as the organization's new coach.The two sides reached a deal Thursday and a news conference is scheduled for Monday at 1 p.m. to formally introduce Vogel.Vogel replaces Scott Skiles, who surprised the organization when he resigned last Thursday. Vogel comes to Orlando as a proven head coach with playoff...
Via Associated Press
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Frank Vogel agrees to become Magic head coach

Former Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel agreed to become the new head coach of the Orlando Magic Thursday, as first reported by the Orlando Sentinel. Vogel, who was let go by the Pacers two weeks ago, replaces Scott Skiles, who stepped down last week after his first season, claiming he wasn’t the right head coach for the Magic. Vogel led the Pacers to a 250-181 record and five...
Via The Sports Daily
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: ‘Growing belief’ Magic could promote Adrian Griffin to head coach

Could Orlando be looking to recapture their coaching magic from within? According to a report by Marc Stein of ESPN on Wednesday, there is a “growing belief” around the NBA that the Magic could promote assistant Adrian Griffin to the head coaching position. As for Orlando, there is a growing belief in NBA coaching circles that current Magic assistant Adrian Griffin has a real...
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Orlando Magic Guard Evan Fournier Tweets Raptors Have Zero Chance to Win a Single Game Against Cavs

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Toronto Raptors 115-84 Tuesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, taking a 1-0 series lead. The Cavs had another dominant performance, getting into the paint for powerful dunks and easy layups as the Raptors defended the perimeter to limit Cleveland's 3-point shooting. Many people, including Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier...
Via Stack
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Magic To Emphasize Defense With Head Coach Candidates

On Thursday and again on Friday, Rob Hennigan said the Orlando Magic would seek to hire someone who places a high value on the defensive end of the court. "Sort of the fulcrum of what we're looking for," Hennigan said Friday, "is someone who puts an emphasis on the defensive end of the floor, someone who puts an emphasis on player development and also someone who puts an emphasis...
Via RealGM
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Rudy Gobert tries to recruit Evan Fournier to Utah after Scott Skiles resigns

Jazz center Rudy Gobert is apparently quite the opportunist. Fresh off the bombshell news Thursday that Scott Skiles abruptly resigned as head coach of the Orlando Magic, Gobert used the shocked reaction of Magic swingman (and fellow Frenchman) Evan Fournier as an opportunity to try and recruit Fournier to Utah in not safe for work language on Twitter.  Subtle much? The 23...
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

FS Go: Watch Orlando Magic press conference with GM Rob Hennigan at 3 p.m.

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Via Fox Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Scott Skiles resigns as Orlando Magic head coach

This seemed to be rather inevitable. Coming off a disappointing 2015-16 that started with playoff expectations, Orlando Magic head coach Scott Skiles has resigned his post. The move was made official by the Magic on Thursday, exactly a month after Orlando ended an extremely unsuccessful 35-win regular season. In announcing his resignation, Skiles had this to say: “After much...
Via Sportsnaut
18 days ago  |  Discuss

How to turn the Orlando Magic into contenders this offseason

Coming off of a disappointing 2014-15 NBA season, the Orlando Magic were eager to redeem themselves in the 2015-16 season. After drafting Mario Hezonja with the 5th overall pick in the 2015-16 draft, Magic fans were optimistic to see what their new-look team would accomplish. Unfortunately, Magic fans were left dissatisfied once again. With a record of 35-47, the Orlando Magic finished...
Via isportsweb.com
April 22, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 Offseason Preview: Orlando Magic

The Orlando Magic entered 2016 with a 19-13 record, looking every bit like the playoff team they hoped to be. They then proceeded to lose 15 of their next 17 games and Orlando's once promising season ended up with another finish outside of the playoffs and in the Lottery. Before trading Tobias Harris near the Trade Deadline, the Magic faced a crowded roster both on the wing and...
Via RealGM - NBA
April 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Remember When Shaq Was Ripped and Super Athletic? Here's How He Put on So Much Weight

When the Orlando Magic drafted Shaquille O'Neal with the first pick of the 1992 NBA Draft, he looked nothing like the massive, hulking bruiser he is today. The 7-foot-1 phenom out of LSU arrived in the NBA weighing less than 300 pounds--294 to be exact--and with so much real estate for that weight, he looked normal, even kinda skinny. The Orlando Magic iteration of Shaq was a...
Via Stack
April 21, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Magic Exit Interviews Leading into 2016 Offseason

The Orlando Magic are certainly disappointed that they are not participating in yet another postseason. The pain of experiencing a horrible stretch from January through mid-March was still in many voices. But they are 10 wins better than last season. They are close to making that next jump. It’s just a matter of how the team chooses to improve itself. Here’s a successful offseason...
Via Magic Basketball Online
April 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Believing In Magic: How The 1990’s Orlando Magic Rekindled My Love For The Game

Every so often the optical illusion of magic makes the most impossible thing imaginable appear—or disappear. Magicians are best at using misdirection and the sleight of hand while executing the most impractical tricks. Whether making a rabbit come out of a hat, or sawing a person in half, the thrill of the trick is what makes it so profound. From a logical standpoint, it’s hard...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
April 13, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Orlando Players React to Final Home Win this Season

It’s unknown how much of the current 14-man Orlando Magic roster will return come October, but they could at least enjoy one final victory at Amway Center this season and to leave their fans on a high. You have Dewayne Dedmon and Evan Fournier looking at free agency. Mario Hezonja trying to steal away minutes from other wings. Elfrid Payton trying to cement his status as the...
Via Magic Basketball Online
April 11, 2016  |  Discuss
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