The Orlando Magic are still basking in their 1-0 start. But the schedule is unforgiving. Here come the fast-charging Brooklyn Nets (2:30). I look back at players we overlooked from Wednesday's game (10:50), comment on why winning Friday could be huge (18:15) and why the Magic seem certain to improve (25:45).
The Orlando Magic did not handle adversity well last season. But they came through big to defeat the Miami Heat down the stretch. I break down the game on today's episode and dream of what this all could mean.
Opening night is finally here! I preview what to watch for in the Orlando Magic's opening night game against the Miami Heat (2:25). I also take a global view with a look at some important points in the schedule -- especially the beginning (11:05) -- and a look at the players with the most to prove (19:55).
A few roster touchups to get to on Regular Season's Eve. The Orlando Magic did not get to an extension agreement with Aaron Gordon or Elfrid Payton, I calm you down on what that means (3:30). Orlando also added Jamel Artis and made Khem Birch the last man on the roster (12:25). Finally, I break down my big takeaway from the preseason as the regular season is set to begin (17:35).
I took to Facebook Live this Sunday to officially log my predictions for the NBA season. How do I see the season shaking out? Where will the Orlando Magic finish? Who makes the Playoffs? And can anyone dethrone the Golden State Warriors?
The Orlando Magic play their final preseason game Friday, but we are already looking ahead to the regular season. On today's show, I talk about why winning is important for the Magic this year (10:40) and why they need to get off to a fast start (17:55). I also comment on extension talks for Aaron Gordon (5:55) and preview Friday's game (2:00).
Nikola Vucevic always seems to come with something good and a criticism to follow. On offense, Vucevic is looking to recover from last year by expanding to the 3-point line and regaining his efficiency in the post (10:30). I also (finally) discuss Tracy McGrady's return to the franchise (4:15).
The preseason is coming to a close after the Orlando Magic's win over the San Antonio Spurs. I wonder if the mirages of the preseason are real (14:15). I am leaning yes. I also recap the Magic's win over the Spurs (2:45) and why Elfrid Payton is great at the controls (25:30).
The Orlando Magic are certainly willing to explore and let Jonathon Simmons be Jonathon Simmons. They are looking to expand his game off the bench for now, and he is proving to them in the preseason just how good he might be (9:40). I also take a look at what five questions remain for the Magic this preseason (17:35) and recap Monday's loss to the Dallas Mavericks (2:25).
The Orlando Magic enter the 2018 season with uncertainty. What will this team be and how does it achieve its goals? What even are its goals. As we prepare for media day and training camp, I look at what to expect for the Magic this season (3:05) and review some key statistics that could make or derail the season (18:05).
We finish our player outlooks with a look at perhaps the most promising and important player for the Orlando Magic: Aaron Gordon (11:45). This is the year where he has to turn potential into reality. I also discuss the Magic's recent hire of David Tenney as High Performance Director (2:00).
For Elfrid Payton and Mario Hezonja it is a big prove-it year as both players try to establish themselves in the NBA. For Payton, he has to prove his post-All-Star run was more than a fluke (2:10). For Hezonja, he has to prove he belongs in the NBA (11:00). I also review NBA2K18 at the end of the show (16:55).
The Orlando Magic worked to remake their bench this year, I dug into the numbers a bit to find out why this was so important, and why the season might rest on how the bench performs (9:25). I also give an outlook on a key player off that bench in Arron Afflalo (1:45).
I close the week with a special Facebook Live episode . . . IN AUDIO FORM! I discuss the NBA's efforts to reform the NBA Lottery and why I do not think they will have the desired effect. I also discuss the Magic's presence -- or lack thereof -- in the SI and ESPN Top 100s.
Today, I continue our player outlook series by looking at Terrence Ross and whether this is (finally) the year he finds consistency (7:55). I also take a look at Marreese Speights (18:25) and what his role could be and review the leaked image of the Magic's third alternate jersey (1:35).
Locked On Magic is up and running once again as we begin our player outlook series. Today I look at what the expectations are for Jonathon Simmons (3:20). And I recap why Orlando Magic management restored some faith this summer (17:05).
No basketball talk on today's episode of Locked On Magic as we get back up and running after Hurricane Irma. I update you on how Orlando is recovering following this weekend's hurricane and set the table for the rest of the week. Thank you all for your thoughts this weekend, Central Florida -- and Florida, in general -- will be back on its feet soon!
A few things to clean up before we shut down for Hurricane Irma. The Orlando Magic re-signed Damjan Rudez (yay?) for some extra training camp depth (6:35). But I put most of the focus today on how Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucevic are playing at Eurobasket as they enter the knockout round (9:20). And I also focus on why Nikola Vucevic is poised to bounce back (18:40). Stay safe during the storm everyone!
Tracy McGrady is a legend in Orlando Magic circles as one of the team's greatest players. This week, he enters the Basketball Hall of Fame. Today, I am joined by Ben DuBose of Locked on Rockets to discuss McGrady's career with the Magic and Rockets and his legacy in the NBA leading him to the Hall of Fame. Ben also discusses Houston's recovery from Hurricane Harvey and the Rockets' outlook for the 2018 season.
Happy Labor Day everyone! I do a quick recap of this weekend's Eurobasket action (2:40) and discuss the coaching changes (9:25). I then kick off Tracy McGrady Week by discussing his legacy and why it seems to endure (17:45).