Magic Basketball | - Part 29

Jul 07

Video: DeQuan Jones jumps to the moon

Jun 28

Magic to hire Jeff Turner as color commentator

Via Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:

The Orlando Magic have reached an agreement in principle with former Magic player Jeff Turner to serve as the team’s color commentator on its Fox Sports Florida TV broadcasts, the Orlando Sentinel has learned.

Turner, 51, is expected to sign a multiyear deal.

He will team with longtime play-by-play man David Steele and will replace popular color commentator Matt Guokas, whose contract wasn’t renewed by the team following the 2012-13 season.

Magic officials would not comment.

Jun 28

Romero Osby selected in second round by Orlando

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Via Orlando Magic press release:

The Orlando Magic selected forward Romero Osby in the second round (51st overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft.

Osby (6’8”, 230, 5/7/90) appeared and started in 63 career games during two seasons at the University of Oklahoma, averaging 14.4 ppg., 7.2 rpg. and 1.1 apg. in 29.4 mpg., while shooting .509 (321-631) from the field. He also played in 71 games (three starts) in two seasons at Mississippi State University, averaging 4.2 ppg. and 2.6 rpg. in 12.8 mpg.

Last season as a senior (2012-13), Osby played in 32 games (31 starts), averaging 16.0 ppg., 7.0 rpg. and 1.3 apg. in 28.7 mpg., while shooting .526 (174-331) from the field. He was an All-Big 12 First Team selection, leading the Sooners in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and minutes played. Osby ranked among Big 12 leaders in scoring (second), field goal percentage (fourth), rebounding (fifth), free throw percentage (fifth, .795) and blocked shots (11th, 0.84 bpg.).

Jun 27

Victor Oladipo selected in first round by Orlando

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Via Orlando Magic press release:

The Orlando Magic selected guard Victor Oladipo in the first round (second overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft.

Oladipo (6’5”, 214, 5/4/92) appeared in 104 career games during three seasons at Indiana University, averaging 10.7 ppg., 5.2 rpg., 1.7 apg. and 1.55 spg. in 24.6 mpg. He ranks third in Indiana history in career steals (161) and scored 1,117 points with the Hoosiers.

Last season as a junior (2012-13), Oladipo played and started in all 36 games, averaging 13.6 ppg., 6.3 rpg., 2.1 apg. and 2.17 spg. in 28.4 mpg., while shooting .599 (182-304) from the field and .441 (30-68) from three-point range. He helped the Hoosiers reach their second straight trip to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and Indiana’s first outright Big Ten regular season championship since 1993.

Oladipo set an Indiana single-season record in steals (78) while leading the Big Ten in field goal percentage and steals. He was named First Team All-American by The Associated Press, The Sporting News and the NABC, earned The Sporting News National Player of the Year, and was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Oladipo was also a finalist for the Wooden Award and the Oscar Robertson Trophy, given to the National Player of the Year.

Jun 18

Magic to open 2013-14 preseason in Jacksonville

Via Orlando Magic press release:

The Orlando Magic will open the 2013 preseason at Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida on Wednesday, October 9 against New Orleans. Tip-off is 7 p.m.

This marks the third time that the Orlando Magic have played a preseason game in Jacksonville, with their last trip coming in 2008. The remainder of the Magic’s preseason schedule will be released at a later date. Orlando will open training camp on October 1 at Amway Center.

May 24

Magic decline to renew Matt Guokas’ contract


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Via Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:

A mainstay of the Orlando Magic’s television broadcasting crew won’t be back for the 2013-14 season.

Team officials have decided not to renew the contract of Matt Guokas, the team’s color commentator on local TV broadcasts since the 2004-05 season.

Team spokesman Joel Glass wouldn’t give a reason for the decision, but he said, “Matty has been and will always be a valued part of Magic history. We truly appreciate his commitment and service to the organization.” […]

Guokas, 69, was paired with play-by-play man David Steele.

Steele will remain in his customary role, Glass said.

But Glass added that no decision has been made on who will replace Guokas.

One possibility is Jeff Turner, who played seven seasons for the Magic, from 1989-90 through 1995-96.

Turner, 51, occasionally served as Guokas’ fill-in on Magic broadcasts last season when Guokas missed games because of illness.

Apr 18

Thursday’s Mini-Magic Word

  • Tobias Harris is one of the NBA’s top 50 most valuable assets (listed at No. 42) according to Bill Simmons of Grantland: “Harris has been a revelation: 6-foot-8, plays inside and outside, shoots 3s, rebounds.”
  • If the Orlando Magic win the 2013 draft lottery, can they afford to take the risk by selecting Nerlens Noel (who’s recovering from a torn ACL) with the top overall pick?
  • John Denton of “The combination of Orlando’s loss Wednesday in Miami and Charlotte’s home win meant that the Magic will have the best odds at getting the top overall pick in the June 27 NBA Draft. The draft order will be determined on May 21 in the NBA’s lottery system. The Magic will have 250 combinations in the draft lottery or a 25 percent shot at getting the top overall selection. They have a 21.5 percent shot at the No. 2 pick, a 17.8 percent shot at No. 3 and 35.7 percent odds at the No. 4 slot. Because they have the NBA’s worst record, the Magic can fall no lower than the fourth pick in the draft.”
  • The Magic finish the regular season by ranking dead last in USA TODAY’s power rankings.

Apr 18

Video: Maurice Harkless earns frequent flyer miles

Apr 18

Grades: Miami Heat 105, Orlando Magic 93

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Miami Heat 105 Final
Recap | Box Score
93 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
9-13 FG | 2-3 FT | 1 STL | 13 REB | 20 PTS | -1

Not his usual 20-20 game against this Heat team, but Vucevic did manage to score 20 points and grab 10 rebounds before the fourth quarter. He looked really comfortable working against the undersized Udonis Haslem in the post, but the Birdman snuffed out a lazy offensive rebound putback near the end of the second quarter. It was a solid game for Vucevic, but against inferior competition.

Tobias Harris
7-16 FG | 5-11 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 19 PTS | -8

On defense, Harris needs to make sure he’s not getting caught in the paint too often because it meant open 3s for Miami. He was his usual slashing self, able to get a good look in the lane a handful of times, but his defense was lackadaisical and he almost fouled out. His 5-for-11 performance rom the line would be worse if the whole team hadn’t been so bad.

Beno Udrih
5-8 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 14 AST | 13 PTS | -12

Udrih was part of the reason the Magic had 10 first half turnovers. And he got caught watching the ball a couple times defensively, with Mike Miller knocking down open 3s in the corners. He also struggled to guard Wade, but that’s to be expected. He shot the ball decently enough, but was primarily concerned with dishing the ball to his teammates.

Andrew Nicholson
6-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | -10

Nicholson only played 10 minutes, but during that brief spurt, he was 6-for-8 from the field. You got to love his hook shot, which he’s equally adept at making with both hands, but most of his buckets came during garbage time. He must’ve pissed head coach Jacque Vaughn off or something to only get 10 minutes of playing time, so that’s a demerit.

Miami Heat

Dwyane Wade shook some of the rust off that accrued during his sabbatical (to rest a sore right knee) and the Heat controlled this game from the outset. They even held Vucevic — their nemesis on the boards — in check. Wade looked explosive with the time off, and had 21 points and 10 dimes. Mike Miller chipped in with 21 by going 6-for-9 from deep.

Apr 17

Wednesday’s Mini-Magic Word

  • A look back at Jacque Vaughn’s first season as the head coach of the Orlando Magic.
  • Maurice Harkless gets recognition for his solid rookie season.
  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “It seems all but certain this will be the final regular-season day of Turkoglu’s Magic tenure. Turkoglu is one of the key players in franchise history, but at 34 years old, he doesn’t fit into the team’s long-term plans. Plus, only $6 million of his $12 million salary for next season is guaranteed. It would make financial sense for the Magic to buy-out his contract.”
  • The Magic are hoping to end the season on a positive note. They face off against the Miami Heat in tonight’s game.
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