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Ryan Drawdy

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Name: Ryan Drawdy
Date registered: January 7, 2014

Latest posts

  1. Reviewing the Magic’s free agent signings — July 31, 2014
  2. Grades: Orlando Magic 87, Houston Rockets 69 — July 7, 2014
  3. Five scenarios for the Magic’s draft selections — June 25, 2014
  4. Maurice Harkless: 3-and-D player in the making? — May 28, 2014
  5. From Denver and New York with love — April 25, 2014

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  1. What makes fans loyal? — 2 comments

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Jul 31

Reviewing the Magic’s free agent signings

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images The Magic have presumably wrapped up their offseason acquisitions. There may be further preseason tinkering, but for the most part, we know who to expect on the roster next season. What’s left, then? To judge. And judge we shall. If we strictly look at the free agency portion …

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Jul 07

Grades: Orlando Magic 87, Houston Rockets 69

Photo by Fernando Medina/Orlando Magic   Orlando Magic 87 Final Recap | Box Score 69 Houston Rockets Elfrid Payton 5-5 FG | 2-4 FT | 8 REB | 9 AST | 12 PTS | +12 The negative: He committed a few baffling turnovers in the beginning, one where he practically handed the ball over in …

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Jun 25

Five scenarios for the Magic’s draft selections

Photo by Sam Forencich/Getty Images And here we are — our time has come. Le moment est venu, as the French say. (I think; that’s what Google says, anyway.) It’s draft time. For Magic fans, this is the one: future top five picks cannot be considered as “part of the plan.” The plan must germinate …

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May 28

Maurice Harkless: 3-and-D player in the making?

Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images When the wild, unwelcome dust from the Dwight Howard tornado-trades eventually settled in the summer of 2012, a cast of no-names found themselves standing in Orlando. No one knew exactly who among them would stand time’s test and fill out the Magic’s future constitution. Some are already memories …

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Apr 25

From Denver and New York with love

Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images Two years ago, acquiring a 2014 first round pick from the Denver Nuggets probably caused Magic fans to shrug and think, “Neat,” if they even noticed it at all in the chaos of Dwight Howard’s exit. The Magic were promised a first round selection in the 2014 …

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Apr 13

All eyes on Rob Hennigan

Photo by Fernando Medina/Getty Images If there is a rock star for the Magic, it’s not Jacque Vaughn, Jameer Nelson, or even Victor Oladipo. It’s GM Rob Hennigan. The Mark Cuban’s and Jim Irsay’s of the world have taught us that a higher-up can often get more coverage than the actual players on the team. …

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Mar 17

Wisdom for the Magic from the Middle Ages

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images I’ve been reading Dante (Alighieri, not Marchitelli) in my spare time. As you might know, his Divine Comedy is divided into three parts: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. Dante writes about himself and his passage through each. Before I lose you, here’s what I’ve found: that old book from …

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Feb 28

HoopIdea: Putting the 4-pointer into practice

Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images The odd prospect of a 4-point shot in the NBA has many writers envisioning the scenario and wondering how teams would be affected. The whole story is gaining more traction than it ought: it’s tough to watch this video and say the NBA president of basketball operations (Rod …

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Feb 07

The battle for .500

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images The Magic have a chance to be winners this year. Just not in the usual sense. Playoffs? Not likely. Championship? Only if the starters from all other teams opt for swift, unexplainable early retirements. Or if they split and start their own exclusive pro league without inviting …

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Jan 24

What makes fans loyal?

Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images It’s been five years since the Magic went to the NBA finals. That year, there was a marked energy around the city; the excitement and camaraderie between fans then is something many won’t forget. Five years doesn’t feel like a long time, but you only have to think back to …

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