Commentary | Magic Basketball - Part 4

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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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Jan 23

Orlando learning to deal with growing pains

AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack The tank is good for you. That’s what everyone wants to believe. When the games on the court become something of a lost cause, focus shifts to games of probability. The actual losses — those that show up in the box score and go down in the record books — are …

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Jan 22

Five reasons to be happy in Magic kingdom

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images The Magic ended a 10-game losing streak against the Celtics this past weekend, a streak which dated back to 2013. That’s a long stretch to go winless, and Magic fans are predictably perturbed. But this most recent losing streak shouldn’t make the fanbase catatonic with woe, since there’s …

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Jan 10

Grant Hill and the future Orlando can’t predict

Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images A historic impending draft — combined with intriguing free agent opportunities during the summer — has the faithful fans in Orlando uttering two of the ugliest words in sports. Next year. Every strategy within the organization has been put in place to culminate with an explosion back into success. …

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Jan 03

Welcoming back the original black pinstripes

NBA Photos/Getty Images Via OrlandoMagic.com: In celebration of the Magic’s 25th anniversary season and to honor the rich history of Orlando Magic basketball, the team will don the original jersey, the signature black, pinstriped jersey with throwback team logos worn through the 1989-94 seasons starting with the January 4 matchup with the Miami Heat. The …

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Dec 30

Staying ahead of the statistical revolution

Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images Though a rising tide ostensibly lifts all boats, the trend toward analytically-minded NBA head coaches has left Orlando Magic coach Jacque Vaughn adrift in the wake of public opinion. And it’s too bad, too, as Vaughn and the Magic were a year ahead of the curve. This past …

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Dec 26

The pros and cons of trading Arron Afflalo

Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images The Orlando Magic — similar to the Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Charlotte Bobcats and a host of other Eastern Conference teams — are wedged between a tank job and the very real possibility they make the playoffs in a flat-lining East. This is both good and bad — …

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Dec 23

Rediscovering Tobias Harris

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images Tobias Harris played nearly 1,000 minutes for the Magic last season after being acquired from the Milwaukee Bucks in the J.J. Redick trade. But after the season was over, Harris was still somewhat of an unknown quantity. He was a stretch four that didn’t bring much stretch to the …

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Nov 27

Victor Oladipo is still 21 years old

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Kids make mistakes, and in the world of the NBA, 21-year-old Victor Oladipo is still a kid. Sure, he’s a pogo stick on the hardwood, but he’s turning the ball over more than you’d like with very few assists to offset those mistakes. He’s not an NBA-level ballhandler yet, …

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Nov 19

A blueprint to tank harder

Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images At 4-6 on the year, the Orlando Magic have again started hot after most preseason prognosticators lumped them in with the Celtics, the Suns, the Jazz, the Sixers and other like-minded franchises attempting to turn things around through the 2014 NBA Draft. The term “tank” has an odious stank to …

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