Magic Basketball | - Part 65

Oct 15

Classy Move by Stan Van Gundy; Apologizes to Fans

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Via Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel:

Stan Van Gundy, how could you?

How could you not pencil in a single [Orlando] Magic starter Thursday night?

Now I realize it was a preseason game and players need nights off.

But all of them?

No Dwight [Howard], Vince [Carter], Jameer [Nelson], Rashard [Lewis] or [Quentin Richardson] in the lineup.

The Magic trotted out Marcin Gortat, J.J. Redick, Chris Duhon, Ryan Anderson and Mickael Pietrus. […]

Again, what was shocking is that this was so un-Van Gundy. He wants to win every game, preseason to postseason. I mean, the Magic had a 17-game preseason winning streak at stake.

“It’s a legitimate gripe,” Van Gundy told me when I asked what he would say to fans who purchased seats. “I understand if people were upset.”

Immediately after the game, Van Gundy said he wanted to see his back-ups perform as a group, which is why he started them all. […]

Fifteen minutes after I left Van Gundy, he called my cell.

“It’s been bugging me,” he said. “I want to say I’m sorry and I was wrong. I thought I reasoned it through, but I can’t justify it. If it was the first game that somebody came out to see, you bring your kids … I’d be upset, too.

“I won’t do it again.”

If there’s one thing you need to know about head coach Stan Van Gundy, is that he’s not afraid to own up to his mistakes when he’s wrong.

That’s an admirable trait for anyone, let alone a coach in the NBA.

Oct 12

2010-2011 NBA Blog Previews: Northwest Division

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Enjoy.

Jazz: SLC DunkSalt City HoopsSBN Recap

Nuggets: Denver StiffsRoundball Mining CompanyThe Nugg DoctorSBN Recap

Thunder: Welcome to Loud CityPlanet BBallSBN Recap

Timberwolves: Canis HoopusTwolvesBlog

Blazers: Blazersedge.comSBN Recap

Recaps: All Previews

Oct 12

An Update on Kay Kellogg, a Friend of Dwight Howard

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Via Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel:

Mama Kay’s real name is Kay Kellogg. You might remember her from this column. She is 62, dying of cancer and had just a single item on her bucket list. Her one dying wish was to meet her hero, Dwight [Howard], before she passed away.

Dwight found out about it and visited her home a few weeks ago. He was scheduled to stay for 30 minutes, but ended up staying a couple of hours because the two fast friends talked and laughed so much that they lost track of time. […]

But before Dwight left her home that day a few weeks ago, she told him to say a prayer for her so that she could live long enough to see him play the first game in the new arena Sunday night. You see, she has been diagnosed with the advanced stages of Multiple Myeloma, an inoperable, incurable form of cancer that destroys the blood plasma in the bone marrow. She was given only a month or two to live.

Well, guess who was in the brand new Amway Center Sunday night, sitting there courtside courtesy of the Magic. wearing her favorite No. 12 Dwight Howard jersey and rooting her team on to a 54-point victory over the New Orleans Hornets? Mama Kay, that’s who. And you should have seen the look on Dwight’s face when he saw her.

“She told me, ‘I made it!’ ” Howard said with a joyful smile splashed across his face. “She was just so excited to be here and I was just so excited to see her.”

Give this story a read.

Oct 11

200 $15 Magic Tickets Available for Thursday Night

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Via the Orlando Magic:

There are 400 tickets remaining — including 200 priced at $15 — for the Orlando Magic’s Thursday night (Oct. 14) game against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Tip-off for the second-ever Magic game in the new Amway Center is set for 7 p.m. There is no television coverage of the game.

Tickets are available for purchase:

  • Online at www.orlandomagic.com
  • At the Amway Center box office (located on Church St.) (cash, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover)
  • At all TicketMaster outlets (cash only)
  • By calling 1-800-4NBA-TIX (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover)

Oct 10

Preview: New Orleans Hornets at Orlando Magic

6:00 EDT | NBA TV
37-45 @ 59-23
Pythagorean Record: 34-48 Pythagorean Record: 61-21
Pace: 92.6 (15th) Pace: 92.0 (18th)
Offensive Rating: 117.4 (18th) Offensive Rating: 111.4 (4th)
Defensive Rating: 110.1 (21st) Defensive Rating: 103.3 (3rd)
Amway Center | 2010-2011 NBA Preseason

Oct 08

Preview: Orlando Magic at Indiana Pacers

7:00 EDT | Fox Sports Indiana
59-23 @ 32-50
Pythagorean Record: 61-21 Pythagorean Record: 32-50
Pace: 92.0 (18th) Pace: 97.1 (2nd)
Offensive Rating: 111.4 (4th) Offensive Rating: 103.7 (26th)
Defensive Rating: 103.3 (3rd) Defensive Rating: 106.8 (14th)
Conseco Fieldhouse | 2010-2011 NBA Preseason

Oct 07

Orlando Magic Single-Game Tickets for First Half of the 2010-11 Regular Season on Sale Friday

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Via the Orlando Magic:

Single-game tickets for the first half of the 2010-11 Orlando Magic regular season will go on sale to the general public Friday, October 8 at noon. The Magic will make its regular season debut in the Amway Center when they host the Washington Wizards in the brand new facility on Thursday, October 28. Tip-off is 8:00 p.m. Tickets that go on sale Friday include games through January 19 vs. Philadelphia. Tickets for the second half of the regular season will go on sale at a later date.

Tickets are available for purchase:

  • Online at www.orlandomagic.com
  • At the Amway Center box office (located on Church St.) (cash, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover)
  • At all TicketMaster outlets (cash only)
  • By calling 1-800-4NBA-TIX (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover)

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. A limited number of season tickets are available through the Orlando Magic box office by calling 407-89-MAGIC or visiting orlandomagic.com.

Oct 05

Preview: Orlando Magic at Houston Rockets

8:30 EDT | Sun Sports
59-23 @ 42-40
Pythagorean Record: 61-21 Pythagorean Record: 40-42
Pace: 92.0 (18th) Pace: 94.0 (6th)
Offensive Rating: 111.4 (4th) Offensive Rating: 107.6 (16th)
Defensive Rating: 103.3 (3rd) Defensive Rating: 108.0 (17th)
State Farm Arena | 2010-2011 NBA Preseason Opener

Oct 04

2010-2011 NBA Blog Previews: Central Division

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Enjoy.

Bucks: Brew HoopNBAMateSBNation Recap

Bulls: Blog-A-BullSBNation Recap

Cavs: Fear The SwordWaitingForNextYear

Pacers: Indy Cornrows

Pistons: DetroitBadBoysDetroit BasketballNeed4Sheed.comSB Nation Detroit

Recaps: All Previews

Oct 01

The Wait is Over; the Amway Center is Open for Business

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Via the Orlando Magic:

For years, the city of Orlando has generally been branded as the place where Mickey Mouse roams, Shamu performs and kids play.

Although that certainly has not changed, there is a new item on the docket for everyone to enjoy and admire.

Amway Center, which officially opened on Friday during a memorable ribbon-cutting ceremony, is now another item on the checklist.

The new home of the Orlando Magic is undoubtedly the most technologically advanced sports and entertainment facility in North America. There are 1,100 high definition video displays at the dazzling venue.

After a very elaborate ceremony outside the main entrance, thousands of people piled into the Amway Center for Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s annual State of Downtown Address.

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