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This close: Magic once more feel sting as win escapes grasp

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Magic could have a 6-1 record since James Borrego became their head coach. An argument can be made that they should be 6-1. But for the second time in a little more than two weeks, 47 minutes of hard work and grit on their home floor was wiped out by breakdowns in the final minute of the fourth quarter. On Wednesday night, it was the Miami Heat who stole...
Via Fox Sports Florida
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Magic Musings: Orlando watches late lead slip away in OT loss

ORLANDO, Fla. -- On the verge of recording their first four-game winning streak since December 2012, the Orlando Magic saw that chance slip away in painful fashion Wednesday night against the Miami Heat. The Magic squandered an eight-point lead in the final minute of regulation and ended up losing 93-90 in overtime. Already allowing an average of only 92.7 points in six games since...
Via Fox Sports Florida
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

O’Quinn and Harris Team Up with Southwest Airlines Employees

Orlando Magic players Kyle O’Quinn and Tobias Harris on Monday afternoon went on a post-practice trip out to Orlando International Airport to take on the roles of Southwest Airlines employees. To celebrate the partnership between the Magic and Southwest, the players and employees joined forces to work a scheduled flight, assist customers at the gate podium, help load bags into...
Via Magic Basketball Online
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Magic quickly establish defensive identity under Borrego

ORLANDO, Fla. -- As recently as three weeks ago, few people other than those inside the Orlando Magic organization knew who James Borrego was. That was far less a concern to him than determining exactly who the Magic were. When the 37-year-old native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, with no previous head coaching experience outside of a couple of NBA summer leagues took over Feb. 5 for...
Via Fox Sports Florida
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nikola Vucevic powers Magic past 76ers

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Nik Vucevic had 31 points and 14 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic beat the Philadelphia 76ers 103-98 on Sunday night for their first three-game winning streak of the season. Victor Oladipo scored 17 points for the Magic, who nearly squandered a 12-point lead in the final five minutes. Willie Green had 16 points, and Channing Frye finished with 15. JaKarr Sampson...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Meet Vucevic and Payton at Downtown Food & Wine Festival on Saturday

The Orlando Magic along with center Nikola Vucevic and rookie point guard Elfrid Payton will head out to Lake Eola to meet fans for the Downtown Food & Wine Festival this afternoon (Saturday February 21st). There will be a Magic booth on the corner of Robinson Street and Rosalind Avenue. The Magic Dancers and Southwest Airlines Flight Crew will be present at the event as...
Via Magic Basketball Online
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Victor Oladipo, Elfrid Payton thrive as Magic beat Pelicans

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Victor Oladipo had 22 points, Nik Vucevic had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic rallied to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 95-84 on Friday night. Evan Fournier added 16 points. It marks the first time the Magic have posted back-to-back wins since Jan. 14. Orlando trailed by four at the half, but used a 9-0 run early in the fourth quarter to take...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Orlando Was Loud in Trade Deadline Silence

While much of the league was participating in Trade Deadline deals on Thursday afternoon, all was quiet for GM Rob Hennigan and the Orlando Magic. But in the front office’s silence, the Magic made some statements.   Decisions on Tobias Harris and Kyle O’Quinn Will be Made in the Summer Tobias Harris is making about $2.3 million this season. Kyle O’Quinn at around $915,000...
Via Magic Basketball Online
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Orlando to keep James Borrego for the rest of the season

The Orlando Magic has decided that it will keep interim head coach James Borrego in that same position through the end of the year. After firing Jacque Vaughn, the Magic were putting out feelers for potential coaching candidates, but decided to take the time to find a good fit and bring in a veteran coach after the season is over. Names like Scott Skiles — an ex-Magic player and...
Via Bloguin Best
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Magic interim coach Borrego to finish the season

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Orlando Magic interim coach James Borrego will remain in that post at least through the end of the season. In addition, the team announced Tuesday that it has added Igor Kokoskov (kuh-KOS-kov) as an assistant coach. Borrego took over after Jacque Vaughn was fired earlier this month following a 15-37 start to his third season. Vaughn's assistant coaches Brett Gunning...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Moe Harkless on the move?

According to USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt, the Magic are looking to unload forward Maurice Harkless. A player the Magic are willing to deal for mininmal return, I’m told, is forward Moe Harkless, whose minutes have dropped each season w/ORL. — Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) February 17, 2015   Moe Harkless, in his third year, is averaging career lows across the board...
Via Crossover Chronicles
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The 2015 NBA most unappreciated team

Point Guard: Brandon Knight, Milwaukee Bucks Bucks Point Guard Brandon Knight Knight has burst onto the scene this year under new Bucks coach Jason Kidd. Knight was better known for getting posterized by DeAndre Jordan, and for getting his ankles broken by Kyrie Irving in the Rookie-Sophomore game. Since coming to Milwaukee as a sign-and-trade for Brandon Jennings, Knight has...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Zach LaVine wins dunk contest, leaves Dr. J stunned

As awesome as Zach LaVine’s first dunk was at the Slam Dunk contest Saturday, the best part about it was the reaction from the judges. Specifically, Dr. J’s stunned face was the highlight. After the Minnesota Timberwolves rocked an awesome dunk on a lob to himself, Dr. J.’s jaw hit the floor. Here is LaVine’s...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Victor Oladipo sings Frank Sinatra before 540 dunk (Video)

Victor Oladipo made a statement at the NBA Slam Dunk contest Saturday with a unique and original entrance, followed by an awesome dunk. The Orlando Magic guard, who was a runner-up for NBA Rookie of the Year last season, came out of the tunnel with a coat and hat and sang some of Frank Sinatra’s...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch old friend Von Wafer lose his sh*t in China

Scroll to the :19 mark and the chippy, borderline dirty play escalates to a vicious low-blow by Von Wafer. Wafer exits the court in style – by tossing a chair into the stands. Wafer played in 58 games for the 2010-11 Celtics. Unfortunately, his most memorable moment may have been a locker room confrontation with Delonte West. Or maybe it was the time he posed after missing this...
Via Red's Army
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Von Wafer Throws A Chair After Ejection From Playoff Game

Von Wafer got heated and decided to throw a chair following an ejection from a playoff game in China.
Via Gamedayr
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew Nicholson On the Move

According to ESPN NBA Insider Marc Stein, the Orlando Magic are looking to move Andrew Nicholson before next Thursday’s trade deadline. Word is that the Magic, given their surplus of bigs, are working with Nicholson's agent Mark Bartelstein to try to find him new home — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 12, 2015 Nicholson was drafted by the Magic with the 19th overall...
Via Bloguin Best
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Orlando Magic Oust Jacque Vaughn After Disappointing Half-Season

The Orlando Magic fired head coach Jacque Vaughn after a 10-game losing streak and a season-long inability to build a cohesive team. Jacque Vaughn, a first-time head coach, took control of the post-Dwight Howard Orlando Magic in 2012. In his time with the Magic, he saw some ups and downs, but ultimately he failed to build any sort of structure that was moving the Magic toward...
Via The Lottery Mafia
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Elfrid Payton continues to make Magic

Elfrid Payton, who garnered many Rajon Rondo comparisons, started off his NBA career somewhat disappointingly. In Payton’s first two months in the NBA he averaged almost 6 points, 6 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 1 steal per game while shooting 34% from the floor. In the month of January, Payton put together close to 11 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals per game while shooting...
Via Crossover Chronicles
14 days ago  |  Discuss

John Wall Presented NBA All-Star Game Jersey

Before tonight's #WizMagic game, @johnwall will be presented with his #NBAAllStarNYC jersey! #WallStar A photo posted by @officialwashingtonwizards on Feb 9, 2015 at 2:53pm PST Prior to the Wizards contest with the Orlando Magic, All-Star John Wall will be presented with his jersey for the NBA All-Star Game. The game will take place on Sunday at Madison Square Garden...
Via KCM Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

George Karl interested in Orlando Magic job

The Orlando Magic may have some top coaches on the horizon as potential replacements for Jacque Vaughn. Vaughn was fired Thursday amid a 10-game losing streak and three poor seasons as head coach of the Magic. Former Magic player Scott Skiles was immediately mentioned as a candidate for the job. Mark Jackson and Mike Malone...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

The Orlando Magic have fired head coach Jacque Vaughn

Add body No. 2 to the dispatched head coaches of the 2014-15 NBA season. Jacque Vaughn joined the previously fired Mike Malone in the unemployment...
Via Athlon Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Orlando Magic Fire Head Coach Jacque Vaughn After 10th Straight Loss

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Magic fired Jacque Vaughn as coach Thursday after two and half seasons, ending the tenure of the first-time head coach brought in to help rebuild the franchise. General manager Rob Hennigan announced the move, following a 15-37 start to the season and after a series of lopsided losses during a 10-game losing streak. It is the Magic’s second skid of...
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Orlando Magic make right move in firing Jacque Vaughn

On Thursday, the Orlando Magic parted ways with head coach Jacque Vaughn following Wednesday night’s 110-103 loss to the San Antonio Spurs — the 10th straight for Orlando. The firing comes as little surprise as it was reported that the team had been leaning that direction for the last week, but now, it is official. In more than two seasons with Orlando, Vaughn’s Magic compiled...
Via Crossover Chronicles
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Evaluating the Current State of the Orlando Magic

Led by Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucevic, the Orlando Magic are steadily moving in the right direction. In 2012, the Orlando Magic were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the second consecutive season. Despite qualifying for the postseason six years in a row (2007-12), the team made just one NBA Finals appearance, a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. To make matters...
Via The Lottery Mafia
January 25, 2015  |  Discuss

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