Magic Basketball: An Orlando Magic blog - Part 214

Aug 12

It’s Going to Cost Money to See the Miami Heat in Person


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Via Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:

You can still buy tickets to attend the Orlando Magic‘s regular-season road opener Oct. 29 against the Miami Heat, but it likely will cost you a hefty sum thanks to the presence of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on the Heat roster.

A spokesperson for the online broker StubHub said tickets to the game — the Heat’s regular-season home opener — already are selling for an average price of $760.

Search engine listed this morning that the average Magic at Heat ticket price for Oct. 29 was $806, according to a a report.

There will be additional opportunities for some fans to buy cheaper Heat-Magic tickets for the Oct. 29 game in the days and weeks ahead. [...]

The online ticket broker says its hottest preseason ticket is for the Magic-Heat game on Oct. 22 in Tampa at the St. Pete Times Forum, with tickets selling for $101 on average.

Better get your wallet out.

Aug 12

A Common Enemy for the Orlando Magic and the Boston Celtics


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Via George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel:

The Miami Heat have been disparaged as a bunch of privileged prima-donnas, intent on destroying the spirit of fair play in professional sports.

LeBron, D-Wade , Chris Bosh and their gophers will break all NBA records, glom onto our TV screens every night, celebrate titles with bikini babes on South Beach. They are the alpha dogs. We are the fire hydrants. The forecast calls for constant drizzle.

Doc Rivers doesn’t see it that way. [...]

He laughs at all the swipes and the slights, and the suggestions that the Heat are ruining the game. What’s the problem? Doc embraces the Axis of Evil (my words, not his) as astute businessmen.

“If you were a businessman who could buy two other companies to form what would be a dominant company, what businessman wouldn’t do that?” he said. “That’s what LeBron did. I have no problem with that. It just makes it more challenging for us, the [Orlando] Magic and everybody else.

“It’s puts a bull’s eye on them. Well, everybody wants to beat the Celtics, too. You want the pressure, You don’t want to run from it.”

Good for Doc.

No whining, no complaints, no whispers of collusion. It would be good for everybody else to follow his lead.

The backlash against the Miami Heat has gotten a little out of hand, but it is what it is.

One thing is for certain — the Orlando Magic and the Boston Celtics aren’t going to bow down to the Heat. Just ask Dwight Howard and Rajon Rondo. Yes, Miami has the potential to be a very good team next season. But the Magic and the Celtics are the last two Eastern Conference champions and they will give the Heat a run for their money, make no mistake about it.

There’s a great chance that Miami will finish the regular season with the best record in the East but as Orlando and Boston has proven the last two years, the only thing that matters is the playoffs. Nevertheless, it’s refreshing that head coach Doc Rivers embraces the challenge. Likewise with head coach Stan Van Gundy. That’s why they are two of the best coaches in the NBA for a reason.

Van Gundy and Rivers rise to the occasion when an obstacle is in front of them.

In this case, it’s the Heat.

The great thing about the 2010-2011 NBA regular season schedule is that fans are going to have the opportunity to see how the Celtics (sans Kendrick Perkins) and the Magic stack up against the SuperFriends in the opening week — in a span of three days.

That’s going to be exciting.

Aug 11

Wednesday’s Magic Word

  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “My friend Ben Q. Rock [...] argues the [Orlando] Magic’s efforts to acquire Chris Paul from New Orleans “may soon take a major hit” because the Hornets parted with Collison, a potential point guard of the future. I disagree because that presupposes the Magic had a reasonable chance of obtaining Paul in the first place. I don’t think any team, let alone the Magic, had a chance to obtain Paul. I’ve argued for a while that the Hornets would be crazy to trade away their franchise player while he has two more seasons left on his contract. Simply put, Paul just doesn’t have any leverage to force a deal because of his contract situation and because he’s not the type of person who would become a team cancer. All that said, you can bet that the Paul speculation will heat up again if the Hornets start their 2010-11 badly.”
  • Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post: “The Orlando Magic’s efforts to acquire Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets may soon take a major hit as the Hornets have traded Darren Collison, Paul’s backup and a rookie sensation last season, to the Indiana Pacers as part of a four-team, five-player trade, which Chad Ford first reported. Additionally, the Hornets will take on Houston Rockets swingman Trevor Ariza, who would join Emeka Okafor as a Paul running-mate with a long-term contract. The Pacers will receive Hornets swingman James Posey as well.”
  • Learn more about effective field-goal percentage.
  • Neil Paine of Basketball-Reference takes a look at roster turnover.
  • UPDATE: I make a cameo appearance on TrueHoop.

Aug 11

Orlando Magic to Open Amway Center with Preseason Game on October 10 vs. New Orleans Hornets

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Via the Orlando Magic:

The Orlando Magic will host their first preseason game at the new Amway Center on Sunday, October 10 against New Orleans.  Tip-off is 6 p.m.  The Magic will begin the preseason against Houston at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas on Tuesday, October 5, which will be televised by Sun Sports.  Orlando will play a total of eight preseason games, including four at Amway Center (others are October 14 vs. Charlotte, October 16 vs. Chicago and October 20 vs. Dallas).  Three other games will also be televised by Sun Sports or FOX Sports Florida.

The Magic will also play four preseason games on the road, including October 22 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida against the Miami Heat, which will be nationally televised by ESPN.  Orlando’s other road outings will be October 8 @ Indiana and October 18 @ Atlanta.

Orlando Magic season tickets, partial plans, group and single-game Amway Center suite rental opportunities are on sale now.  Ticket highlights in the new Amway Center include: 2,500 seats priced $15 or less and 7,000 seats priced $25 or less. Single-game tickets will go on sale in October.  A limited number of season tickets are available through the Orlando Magic Box Office by calling 407-89-MAGIC or visiting

Orlando opens training camp on September 28 at the Amway Center. The Magic’s complete schedule is available through their official website:  The entire NBA schedule can be found on the league’s official website:  The Magic’s broadcast schedule will be released at a later date.  Orlando opens its regular season on October 28 at home against Washington (8 p.m. tip, TNT).

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Aug 11

Superman vs. the SuperFriends


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Via Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:

The [Orlando] Magic will open their season — and play their first regular-season game at Amway Center — on Oct. 28, when they host the Washington Wizards at 8 p.m.

One night later in Miami, Orlando will play its first regular-season game against LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the new-look Miami Heat.

The Magic will face the Heat three additional times: in Orlando on Nov. 24, in Orlando on Feb. 3 and in Miami on March 3. All four of Orlando’s games against Miami will be televised nationally.

October 29, November 24, February 3, and March 3.

Circle those dates because that’s when the Orlando Magic will face off against the Miami Heat in the regular season. Yes, there are 78 other games on the schedule that mean something — some more than others — but there’s no question that when the Magic and the Heat go toe-to-toe with each other, it’s going to be an event.

Many people are hoping that the matchups will live up to the hype.

Everyone keeps mentioning that Dwight Howard should have a field day going up against the likes of Joel Anthony, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Juwan Howard, Jamaal Magloire, and whoever else that wants to volunteer. Yes, that’s true. And Orlando’s 4-out/1-in offensive system (at first glance) appears to matchup relatively well against Miami, given that Rashard Lewis has historically had good success against Chris Bosh at the power forward position, given his ability to spread the floor. Can’t forget about Jameer Nelson in the 1/5 pick and roll with Howard, either.

But who on the Magic is going to stop LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Bosh?

That question has been addressed in the past, but it’s going to be left somewhat unanswered until the games start to count. The wait couldn’t be any longer, it seems like.

Aug 10

Tuesday’s Magic Word

  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Orlando Magic players and coaches had better get their rest now, because NBA schedule makers gave the team a daunting dose of back-to-back games during the 2010-11 regular season. The Magic will play 20 pairs of back-to-backs, including 12 pairs in which Orlando will host the first game and then hit the road immediately for the second. Those 12 away-to-home back-to-backs are a record for the Stan Van Gundy era. The Magic never had more than six “fly-out” games in any of Van Gundy’s three previous seasons as Orlando’s coach. The NBA released its full regular-season schedule this afternoon. [...] The Magic will open their season — and play their first regular-season game at Amway Center — on Oct. 28, when they host the Washington Wizards at 8 p.m. One night later in Miami, Orlando will play its first regular-season game against LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the new-look Miami Heat.”
  • The top five Orlando Magic games to watch in the 2010-2011 regular season.
  • Head coach Stan Van Gundy: “Look, the schedule is the schedule. It’s something I never really worry about a lot. It’s going to come out to 41 at home and 41 away. Some people are going to have some more back-to-backs than others. It’s just not something I spend any time worrying about.”
  • The Magic have some tough back-to-backs on their schedule.
  • Royce Young of states that Orlando has one of the easiest starts to the season: “The NBA hands a gift to the Magic who get to open a new arena with a batch of home games. It gets tougher for the Magic later down the line, but to start the season, Orlando gets 8 of its first 12 at home, with most of the tough games coming into the new Amway Center. The drawback is a couple back-to-backs but no set is against two contending teams.”
  • Are you ready for the Sunshine Massacre?
  • Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post: “The Magic got off easy, relatively speaking, with their road trips, which max out at five games on two separate occasions, as the release mentions. But facing the Oklahoma City Thunder on Jan. 13th, just one day after a visit to New Orleans Arena, is brutal. Worse, having to play the Lakers on March 14th one day after a game against the uptempo Phoenix Suns. And, of course, opening the season with three straight back-to-back sets isn’t appealing.”
  • Zach Harper of TrueHoop conducts an exhaustive evaluation of the NBA calendar year.
  • Jordan Schultz of NBA FanHouse tells you the matchups you need to know.
  • Eric Woodyard of SLAM ONLINE: “In the ‘02-03 season, T-Mac became the NBA’s youngest scoring champion, averaging 32.1 buckets per game. He was also considered by many as the League’s best all-around player. Then he delivered a Jordan-esque individual performance against the Pistons in the ‘03 Playoffs dropping 31.7 points per game. Despite McGrady’s amazing antics, the Magic still failed to reach the second round of the Playoffs. Even after taking a commanding 3-1 series lead as the eighth seed against the number one seed. After McGrady’s comments prior to Game 5 in which he was quoted as saying how wonderful it was to “finally be in the position to advance to the second round,” he and his troops lost Games 5, 6 and 7 by an average of more than 20 points. Detroit would advance to the next round.”
  • Quinn Peterson of SLAM ONLINE catches up with Quentin Richardson, one of the newest members of the Magic. Here’s a snippet of what Q has to say: “I’m excited. It’s a great situation on a team that has a chance to contend for a title, it’s gonna be a whole lot of hard work, but I think we’re definitely ready for it. I’m leaving here Friday (August 6) to head to Miami so I can drive up to Orlando to get started working with the coaching staff. I’ll spend the rest of my summer in Orlando working toward the goal. Also, Jameer [Nelson], he has a thing out in Philly, where he invites all of the guys out on the team, no coaches, and we work out everyday. Has has different events set up for us to hang out and bond and get close. Those are some of the things you need to do if you wanna be a championship-caliber team. I’m really excited that they already have these types of things in place, and I’m just going to that situation trying to contribute.”
  • A Q/A with Mickael Pietrus.
  • What can Vince Carter do for Orlando at this stage in his career?

Aug 10

In Honor of Marcin Gortat

Aug 10

Orlando Magic’s 2010-11 Regular Season Schedule Released

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Via the Orlando Magic:

The National Basketball Association today released its 2010-11 schedule and announced the Orlando Magic will open its 22nd season on Thursday, October 28 at the new Amway Center on Thursday, October 28 against Washington. Tip-off is 8 p.m. and the game will be nationally televised by TNT.

Orlando Magic season tickets, partial plans, group and single-game Amway Center suite rental opportunities are on sale now. Ticket highlights in the new Amway Center include: 2,500 seats priced $15 or less and 7,000 seats priced $25 or less. Single-game tickets will go on sale in October. A limited number of season tickets are available through the Orlando Magic Box Office by calling 407-89-MAGIC or visiting

Orlando opens training camp on September 28 at the Amway Center. The Magic’s complete schedule is available through their official website: The entire NBA schedule can be found on the league’s official website:

Orlando has 22 national television games scheduled. The Magic will appear five times on ABC, eight times on ESPN and nine times on TNT. The national TV slate is punctuated by a Christmas Day contest vs. Boston on ABC (2:30 p.m. tip). Orlando will play for the third consecutive time on Christmas Day and eighth overall (4-3 in those outings, including a loss last Christmas vs. Boston). The Magic will also appear seven times on NBATV.

The Magic’s local broadcast schedule will be released at a later date.

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Aug 10

Magic Basketball Mailbag, 8/10/10


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Here’s another installment of the Magic Basketball Mailbag.


Is this year “THE year” for Orlando to win it all? Won’t one season of gelling and next year’s mid-level exception make Miami unstoppable?

It’s way too early to tell.

There are too many variables involved.

The Miami Heat could be unstoppable as the years go by, but there’s no way to be sure at this point in time. That being said, this year is probably the Magic’s best chance to beat the Heat considering their roster is at its infant stages. Even then, that didn’t stop the Boston Celtics from winning it all in 2008 under similar circumstances. Plus, the Celtics still have to be dealt with in the Eastern Conference. Oh yeah, and then there’s the Los Angeles Lakers.

It’d be a mistake to label Orlando as title favorites because they’re not, but they do have a chance.

For the Magic, that’s all that matters.

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Aug 09

Monday’s Magic Word

  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Marcin Gortat should be in good playing shape when he reports to Orlando Magic training camp in late September. The 6-foot-11 center is spending this month playing for Poland’s national team as it attempts to qualify for the 2011 EuroBasket tournament. Poland lost to Bulgaria 74-70 on Sunday in Sofia, which is Bulgaria’s capital city. Gortat scored 10 points, collected 12 rebounds and blocked two shots in the defeat. The loss dropped Poland to 1-2 in its qualifying group, which also includes Belgium, Bulgaria, Georgia and Portugal. Each team will play a total of eight games this month.”
  • Does Jeff Van Gundy have a hidden agenda against the Miami Heat?
  • Dwight Howard has landed in India.
  • Josh Cohen of “I decided to conduct a mathematical analysis to determine who would win a game between the all-time best Orlando Magic against the all-time best Miami Heat. Although we can never truly know what the results would be if these two hypothetical squads clashed on the court, I simulated the outcome by using a number of statistical and scientific variables. Some of the math included, for example, career averages with the Magic and/or Heat and performance expectancy against certain opponents. Some of the data was based on personal judgment. [...] I, subsequently, simulated a box score which includes point, rebound, assist and blocked shot totals for each player. I also added shooting lines from the field, 3-point range and free throw line. Keep in mind, this was just for fun. I was not trying to prove any legitimate points. It would be extraordinary if we actually witnessed a contest between these two outstanding teams, however.”
  • Jeremy Bauman of SLAM ONLINE: “[Daniel] Orton will barely see the court this year in game time situations. The Magic have a deep and talented frontcourt with Dwight Howard, Marcin Gortat, Brandon Bass and Ryan Anderson, not to mention that they often play Rashard Lewis at the 4-spot. Kentucky is going to seem a world away for Mr. Orton. The key for him will be to learn and get better for the future and not think about playing time.”
  • Sebastian Pruiti of NBA Playbook takes a look at Rashard Lewis’ shooting form.
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