Fifth Third Bank, a proud sponsor of the Orlando Magic, is supporting the Magic with two promotions. Beginning today, February 23, 2011, official Orlando Magic car magnets will be given away for free exclusively at Central Florida Fifth Third Bank locations until Friday, February 25 or while supplies last.
In addition, Fifth Third Bank is also giving fans a chance to win a trip to see a Magic road game in Milwaukee on March 16. While picking up a magnet, fans can enter to win the grand prize of free roundtrip airfare on AirTran Airways, two tickets to the game, one night hotel accommodations and a $200 Fifth Third Bank gift card. The contest is open to legal residents of Central Florida age 18 and up and ends March 9.
Kicking off life after the All-Star break, the Sacramento Kings were able to defeat the Orlando Magic by the score of 111-105. Despite not having Tyreke Evans due to an injury and newly-acquired Marcus Thornton still in the process of making his debut with the Kings after being dealt for Carl Landry, while playing a road game on a back-to-back, the visitors won. A team with a record of 14-40 entering the night and, on paper, having no business winning a game against — supposedly — one of the better teams in the NBA, well, did just that. Win. Right now, the Magic should be embarrassed because even though anything can happen on a given night in the league, these are the games they’re supposed to come away victorious. It’s as simple as that, yet Orlando is incapable of doing the right things to win games and make chase to the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference for the No. 3 seed. If the Magic’s victory against the Los Angeles Lakers was the best of the season, this loss is the worst. Sacramento was led by a balanced attack, as five players scored in double-figures. But the two players that sparked the win for the Kings were Beno Udrih and Jermaine Taylor (former University of Central Florida star). Urdih played superbly, finishing with 18 points, 10 assists, and three steals. Taylor played well in front of his hometown, chipping in with 21 points and five rebounds. As for Orlando, Dwight Howard did his job and finished with 31 points, 17 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks. Even though players like Hedo Turkoglu played well statistically (19 points on 7-of-10 shooting with eight assists and two steals), Howard was the only player for the Magic that gave a crap on both ends of the floor.
StubHub Ticket Giveaway: Enter for a chance to watch the Orlando Magic and Oklahoma City Thunder at Amway Center on February 25
Magic Basketball will occasionally give away free tickets to upcoming Orlando Magic home games with StubHub serving as the provider. How do you enter for a chance to win Magic tickets?
Answer a trivia question.
The rules are simple:
- If you’re able to attend the game, you’re more than welcome to submit your answer in the comments section.
- Please do not answer more than once or add irrelevant commentary to your submission.
- Two tickets will be given away, which means you can bring a second person.
- Readers will be given 24 hours to submit their answers before a winner is announced. The winner will be determined by random drawing and contacted by e-mail (please make sure to submit a valid e-mail address).
Everyone has until 5:00 PM EST tomorrow to post a response. That’s 24 hours from now.
Which team will win in tomorrow’s contest between the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls?
Via Fox Sports Florida:
“Inside the Magic: Coaching Staff” premieres Wednesday, February 23, at 10:00pm immediately following the Kings @ Magic game on FOX Sports Florida.
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The fifth 2010-11 episode of “Inside the Magic” profiles the six men who comprise the Orlando Magic coaching staff. Fans will get an inside look at an Orlando Magic practice as the team and coaches prepare for a game.
Viewers will see exclusive conversations with Orlando Magic president of basketball operations & general manager Otis Smith, head coach Stan Van Gundy and assistant coaches Bob Beyer, Steve Clifford, Patrick Ewing and Brendan Malone. The staff will share their championship philosophy and detail their individual journeys to Orlando.
Dwight Howard, J.J. Redick and Hedo Turkoglu give fans additional perspective on the team’s coaches in candid interviews. Additionally, Michael Malone, Brendan Malone’s son and current New Orleans Hornets assistant coach, will offer insight into his father’s coaching style.
“Inside the Magic: Coaching Staff” is hosted by Megan Clementi.
Long story short, I will begin my post-graduate career at Groupon and my desire to bring on another writer has grown exponentially.
I’ll still commit the requisite time and energy to Magic Basketball, but — like Amar’e Stoudemire would say — I’d love to share the stage with someone else. That being said, I’m particular about the type of writing I like to read on a daily basis. I’m hoping to inject a different voice and style of prose at MBN, but I do have my preferences for what I seek.
First and foremost, if you’re interested in contributing, please send multiple writing samples (two or three will suffice).
To get a clue on my philosophy as writer, I strive for objectivity every step of the way while at the same time using evidence — I work with numbers a lot — to support my opinions and arguments. I’m looking for someone that is familiar with advanced statistics and comfortable using them, objective in their approach, and willing to be open-minded on whichever topics crop up.
Whether your style is more FreeDarko or like Henry Abbott, I’m looking for a good writer. If you fit the criteria I’m looking for, you’ll have the opportunity to have your articles featured on ESPN.com and be part of the TrueHoop Network.
I will not rush to make my decision until I feel fully comfortable that I’ve found someone that I’m willing to bring aboard, so just a heads up.
Please e-mail me at eddy.rivera7[at]gmail[dot]com
Photo by Fernando Medina
In case you haven’t seen, read, or heard, Carmelo Anthony has been traded to the New York Knicks and will be teaming up with Amar’e Stoudemire to form a dynamic duo that will surely make noise in the Eastern Conference. No, the Knicks won’t be contenders in the East — not yet — due to a lack of depth and defense, but they’ll be a pesky out in the 2011 NBA Playoffs without a doubt.
What does any of this have to do with the Orlando Magic?
Let’s get to that in a second.
One of the primary motivations for New York to acquire Anthony in a trade was to provide Stoudemire with a teammate that could help carry the load.
If it hasn’t become clear already, to win a championship in the NBA requires multiple stars to lead the way for their respective teams. It’s how the Boston Celtics won in 2008 with Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce. It’s how the Los Angeles Lakers won in 2009 and 2010 with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. It’s why LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh teamed up to play for the Miami Heat. It’s why Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah, and Derrick Rose teamed up to play for the Chicago Bulls. With Anthony and Stoudemire, the Knicks are working towards that model of winning. In fact, the Eastern Conference is so loaded with stars and superstars, the Magic are quickly becoming the exception to the rule.
While their rivals trot out multiple great-to-elite players on a nightly basis, Orlando is buoyed by their lone ranger — Dwight Howard.
- Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “Funny, I don’t recall Stern coming to Carmelo’s defense. In fact, deep inside, part of him has to love this ‘Melo-to-Knicks and ‘Melo-to-Nets media scrum. Keeps the NBA in the news, you know. Didn’t Stern and his fellow owners create a landscape inwhich ‘Melo is using to his advantage? Doesn’t he really want to play in New York where he can team up with Amare Stoudemire to form yet another super team? It’s all the rage, Mr. Stern. And isn’t this a landscape inwhich Stern and his fellow owners are trying to change with a possible NFL-type franchise tag place on superstars, such as ‘Melo? Instead, why didn’t Stern say that he hopes Poor Dwight Howard plays forever in Orlando like he did when the LeBron talk heated up and it would be ridiculous for him to leave a new arena?”
- Dwight Howard wouldn’t mind playing with Kobe Bryant.
- Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Howard has said that he’s ‘retired for life’ from the dunk contest. But the temptation to compete again might be too much for the Orlando Magic superstar to resist if the owners and players avoid a protracted lockout and All-Star Weekend is held as scheduled Feb. 24-26, 2012, at Orlando’s Amway Center. A dunk contest that features both Howard and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin would be the most widely anticipated dunk contest since Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins faced-off against each other in 1988.”
- Howard is focused on winning a championship with the Orlando Magic.
- It appears that Troy Murphy may soon become the newest member of the Magic.
- Howard had fun at All-Star weekend: “Well, I’m back in sunny Orlando after a tiring, but good time in LA for the All-Star Game. I went out there with the goal of having fun and that’s just what I did. The whole weekend is for the fans and I went out there with you guys in mind. Again, I want to thank each and every one of you who voted for me. I’m so blessed to have your support.”
- Howard gets graded for his performance in the 2011 NBA All-Star Game.
- Ian Thomsen of Sports Illustrated: “They need size, and Murphy would be an excellent fit because he is a rebounder whose three-point shooting would replicate the contributions of Rashard Lewis. But after completing a pair of big trades in December, GM Otis Smith has been insisting that the Magic need to worry less about adding more pieces and focus more on galvanizing their existing resources.”
- The Basketball Jones ask Howard a random question.
- John Krolik of ProBasketballTalk: “Howard played 21 minutes on Sunday, but you’d be hard-pressed to remember any of them. Howard showed little interest in playing offense or defense, didn’t block a single shot, and half of his four field goal attempts were from beyond the arc. That’s not what you want to see from Dwight Howard.”