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  • Jonathan Isaac continues to find ways to impact the game for Magic

    Orlando Pinstriped Post "Every player coming into the NBA faces some sort of an adjustment. Many times young players talk about the speed of the game, how much quicker the pace of play is, and how much of a challenge it can be to adjust. Many of those players get the chance to get acclimated to the speed of..." November 20

  • Magic coach Steve Clifford puts emphasis on ball movement, transition defense

    Orlando Sentinel "Nearly a month into the season, Magic coach Steve Clifford sees a clear framework taking shape for his team. “I think that we have a pretty definitive idea of how we need to play,” he said before the Magic took on the Los Angeles..." November 19

  • Strong offensive play continues to shine for Magic

    Orlando Pinstriped Post "When shots fall, the game just seems to come easier for everyone. For the Orlando Magic, shots are falling, and at such a high rate the team is seeing some record setting performances. Sunday night against the New York Knicks once again proved to be one of..." November 19

  • NBA commissioner Adam Silver previews technological advances coming to help fans enjoy games

    CBS Sports "The NBA is one of the most popular sports leagues in the world, but even with the talent and interest in the league at an all-time high, it's always looking at ways to improve the experience. Especially for fans. One way that could be possible is through the use of augmented and virtual..." November 15

  • FAs Signed Now Can’t Be Traded Before Deadline

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement prevents a team from signing a player and then turning around and trading him shortly thereafter. If a club signs a free agent, without having reached an agreement on a sign-and-trade deal, then that club isn’t permitted to trade that player..." November 08

  • NBA To Televise 2019 All-Star Draft

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA and the players’ union have reached an agreement to televise the draft for this season’s All-Star Game, according to a report from Marc Stein and Kevin Draper of The New York Times. Sources tell Stein and Draper that a date for that draft has yet to be scheduled, but..." November 07

  • How NBA sparked the American sports gambling gold rush

    ESPN "On a Saturday afternoon in October, the race and sportsbook at the Borgata Hotel Casino is packed with horse racing enthusiasts cheering on the ponies. No one is paying attention to what's hanging on the wall, but it's a big deal, a sign of a monumental shift in the American..." November 01

  • '107 is the new 100.' How scoring trends in the NBA are setting a new bar for what a good defense is.

    Los Angeles Times "Washington coach Scott Brooks stood outside the visiting locker room at Staples Center on Monday night, a tinge of defeatism in his voice — and this was before his team allowed the Clippers to score 136 points. The scoring this season is completely rewriting the rules of what a..." October 30

  • Report: NBA to Push Back Opening Night 1 Week for 2019-2020 Season

    Bleacher Report "The 2019-20 NBA season will tip off Oct. 22, 2019, The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor reported Monday. By comparison, the 2018-19 campaign began Oct. 16, when the Boston Celtics hosted the Philadelphia 76ers and the Oklahoma City Thunder hit the road against the..." October 30

  • NBA Execs Looking Ahead To 2019 Free Agency

    Hoops Rumors "Front office executives around the NBA, even on probable playoff teams, are already looking ahead to 2019’s free agent period, according to Brian Windhorst of, who notes that next summer’s group of star free-agents-to-be is generating plenty of early..." October 24

  • Can Mo Bamba become next Joel Embiid? Magic banking on rookie's potential

    Sporting News "Last Saturday, the Magic were in Philadelphia and, for the first time in an NBA regular-season game, Magic rookie Mo Bamba squared off against star Sixers big man Joel Embiid. The contrast was striking. Embiid is filled out, a 7-footer with a dense build that belies his listed weight of 250..." October 24

  • The Blockbuster NBA Trades We Want to See This Season

    Bleacher Report "The NBA season is underway. Teams are fighting for initial positioning, stars are asserting themselves as celestial presences and youngsters are trying to carve out larger roles in their rotations. The entertainment level is off the charts. We still want..." October 23

  • Maybe Mo Bamba isn’t the long-term project many thought he was

    Orlando Pinstriped Post "Perhaps it happened when he swatted the ball into the second row. Perhaps it was on one of his putback dunks. Perhaps it was when he was defending Dwyane Wade’s full-length inbounds pass in the final second with his seven-foot, 10-inch wingspan. If you are a..." October 19

  • Mo Bamba signs shoe deal with Under Armour

    Clutch Points "Orlando Magic center Mo Bamba is the latest NBA player to sign a shoe deal. According to a report from ESPN’s Nick DePaula, the former Texas Longhorn standout has reached a multi-year endorsement deal with Under Armour. Though he’s a rookie, Magic fans are excited for..." October 17

  • How can Aaron Gordon become a more efficient shooter?

    Orlando Pinstriped Post "Aaron Gordon’s career thus far has largely been defined by his potential. While there are a few lingering questions concerning the forward’s ceiling, his strengths and weaknesses are largely defined. Even a casual fan could very easily rank the types of shots Gordon shoots best:..." October 16

  • Charles Barkley Thought He Was Going To Become The Magic’s President Last Offseason

    Uproxx "Charles Barkley has carved out a niche as perhaps the NBA’s most prominent analyst, as he’s been firing off takes for TNT since 2000. Apparently, Barkley’s role as someone who observes and comments on the NBA for a living piqued the interest of the Orlando Magic, and according..." October 15

  • Magic Waive Braian Angola-Rodas

    Hoops Rumors "The Magic have reduced their roster count to the regular season limit, waiving camp invitee Braian Angola-Rodas, according to Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel (via Twitter). The team confirmed the move with an announcement of its own (via Twitter). Orlando now has 15 players on standard NBA..." October 13

  • Magic Waive Devin Davis, John Petrucelli

    Hoops Rumors "The Magic have released a pair of players from their 20-man preseason roster, announcing today (via Twitter) that they’ve requested waivers on forward Devin Davis and guard John Petrucelli. Both Davis and Petrucelli were recent additions to Orlando’s roster, and were never..." October 12

  • Magic To Waive B.J. Johnson, Sign John Petrucelli

    Hoops Rumors "The Magic are making a pair of procedural roster moves, according to Josh Robbins of The Athletic, who reports (via Twitter) that the club will sign John Petrucelli and waive B.J. Johnson. Both players are expected to ultimately end up with the Lakeland Magic,..." October 10

  • A toast to Nik Vucevic, who still loves playing for the Orlando Magic despite six miserable years of losing

    Orlando Sentinel "Before it’s too late, before he perhaps gets traded, let us all take a moment today to say thanks to Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic. Thanks, Vooch, for never, ever complaining about being on a bad team. Thanks, Vooch, for never, ever ripping an organization..." October 04

  • Jonathan Isaac practices after suffering “mild” ankle sprain

    Orlando Pinstriped Post "It didn’t take very long for Jonathan Isaac’s ankle issues to resurface. Having missed all but 27 games during his rookie season due to lingering ankle injuries, Isaac suffered a sprain in the opening quarter of the Magic’s first preseason game after stepping on the..." October 04

  • Evan Fournier is not the problem, or the solution, in Orlando

    Orlando Pinstriped Post "As humans, our natural tendency is to prescribe simple, digestible solutions to the complex problems of the world. In those solutions, we find the illusion of control over things that we wish we could do more to change. That may sound like the intro to one of the political tirades..." October 02

  • Report: NBA won't allow Kanye's Yeezy court shoe with reflective panel

    The Score "Adidas' Yeezy basketball shoes will hit the hardwood at some point this season - just not with one design shown in a recent post by creator Kanye West. An industry source told ESPN's Nick DePaula that the sneakers wouldn't be approved as currently presented,..." October 02

  • Magic Sign Devin Davis, Waive Gabe York

    Hoops Rumors "The Magic announced a pair of roster moves on Thursday, signing free agent forward Devin Davis to a contract while waiving guard Gabe York. Davis, 23, played 55 games over two seasons (2016-18) at the University of Houston. He was the only member of his..." September 28

  • Magic’s D.J. Augustin seeks to defy expectations again

    Orlando Sentinel "D.J. Augustin may be the most unassuming player on the Orlando Magic roster. He is the shortest. Though listed as 6 feet tall, he says he in fact measures 5 feet 11. A casual sports fan walking past him in a public place probably would never guess Augustin plays professional..." September 28

  • Magic Exercise 2019/20 Option On Jonathan Isaac

    Hoops Rumors "The Magic have picked up their third-year team option on Jonathan Isaac‘s rookie contract, the team announced today in a press release. The option covers the 2019/20 season. Isaac, who will turn 21 next Wednesday, appeared in just 27 games for the Magic in his rookie season,..." September 27

  • Fans can purchase 4th quarter of NBA games on League Pass

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print The NBA announced on Thursday that fans can, for the first time, purchase a portion of an in-progress game to watch. Fans will be able to purchase the remainder of any..." September 27

  • Terrence Ross will play a key role for the Magic this season

    Orlando Pinstriped Post "Coming off a season where he appeared in only 24 games due to injury, Terrence Ross figures to be a key player for the Orlando Magic. Going into last season as a starter, Ross saw his role change early on, largely due to his streaky shooting. In the first 20..." September 26

  • In a contract year, Nikola Vucevic looks to resurrect a part of his game

    Orlando Sentinel "Stationed near the left edge of the lane, Nikola Vucevic drove toward the hoop, spun counterclockwise and elevated. Vucevic unleashed a right-handed hook shot over the defender guarding him. The ball sailed through the basket. That sequence, one of the highlights of..." September 26

  • Magic Second-Rounder Justin Jackson Signs G League Contract

    Hoops Rumors "Magic second-round pick Justin Jackson, one of the last unsigned players in this year’s draft class, has inked a G League contract and will join Orlando’s NBAGL affiliate, the Lakeland Magic, president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman said today (Twitter..." September 24

  • New lottery rules change tanking incentives, starting this season

    Pro Basketball Talk "To paraphrase Jerry Tarkanian, the NBA is so mad at the 76ers, it’ll keep the Hawks losing another couple years. The NBA finally enacted lottery reform that will take effect this season. The measures appeared designed to curb Sam Hinkie’s ambitious..." September 23

  • Will Steve Clifford really put Mo Bamba and Nikola Vucevic on the court together?

    Orlando Pinstriped Post "Steve Clifford may have an unexpected solution for his Mo Bamba/Nikola Vucevic juggling act. Rather than juggle them, just put them on the court at the same time. When the Magic drafted Bamba sixth overall, it brought into question the role of Vucevic, the incumbent center..." September 21

  • NBA announces three rule changes for 2018-19 season

    247 Sports "Some changes will be coming to the NBA for the 2018-19 season.  According to a press release from the league office, the NBA's Board of Governors unanimously voted to pass three rule changes for the 2018-19 season. The tweaks include a change to the shot clock..." September 21

  • Report: Silver memo encourages teams to put more women in leadership roles

    The Score "NBA commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo "strongly" encouraging all 30 teams to increase the number of women in their organizations in general, including in leadership roles, and improve reporting processes for sexual harassment, sources told The Athletic's Shams..." September 21

  • Gilbert Arenas suing ex-girlfriend for $10 million

    Larry Brown Sports "Gilbert Arenas has had his fair share of trouble with women over the years, and the former NBA star is now seeking a lot of money from an ex-girlfriend as a result. According to a report from TMZ, Arenas has filed a lawsuit against a woman who got a restraining order against him..." September 20

  • Matt Barnes Says He Smoked Weed Before NBA Games

    TMZ "If you've seen Ex-NBA tough guy Matt Barnes play basketball, chances are you've seen him high as a kite ... because MB says he smoked weed before every game he played ... SINCE HIGH SCHOOL.  Barnes appeared on Van Lathan's 'Red Pill Podcast' and..." September 18

  • Steve Clifford says Aaron Gordon has to improve defense, rebounding to get All-Star consideration

    Clutch Points "Aaron Gordon had a timely breakthrough season in 2017-18, finally showing more than mere flashes of brilliance for the Orlando Magic throughout the entirety of the campaign. New head coach Steve Clifford has taken notice of his star’s prowess, but notes he must make a jump..." September 17

  • Magic forward Jonathan Isaac? calls for more abstinence education

    Pro Basketball Talk "In the NBA lately, most noteworthy political and social stances have been opposition to President Donald Trump. But Magic forward Jonathan Isaac is taking up another cause. Isaac: September 11

  • At least 18 NBA players will play for home country in FIBA World Cup qualifiers this month

    Pro Basketball Talk "We’ve focused mostly on the big names not taking part — Giannis Antetokounmpo, Danilo Gallinari, Marco Belinelli, any notable player for Team USA — in the September qualifying window for FIBA’s World Cup next season. If you..." September 10

  • Magic owner Rich DeVos planned for future, handed franchise off to his family

    Orlando Sentinel "The passing of 92-year-old Orlando Magic owner and philanthropist Rich DeVos was met with much sadness within the entire organization Thursday, which should come as no surprise to anyone who ever came in contact with the man they called the “Magic’s biggest..." September 07

  • Orlando Magic Owner Richard DeVos Dies at 92

    Hoops Rumors "Orlando Magic senior chairman Richard DeVos, who has owned the franchise since 1991, died this morning at age 92, the team announced on its website. “Complications from an infection” was listed as the cause of death. DeVos, who made his fortune as a co-founder of..." September 06

  • Magic Sign Gabe York, B.J. Johnson To Exhibit 10 Deals

    Hoops Rumors "The Magic have added a pair of players to their 20-man offseason roster, according to Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel, who reports (via Twitter) that Gabe York and B.J. Johnson have signed Exhibit 10 contracts with the team. The Magic have confirmed the signings in a pair of press..." September 05

  • Magic forming an identity. On purpose, though?

    Pro Basketball Talk "In evaluating Magic president Jeff Weltman’s first offseason last year, I wrote it could take him years to put his stamp on the franchise. He inherited a roster so gummed up with bad contracts for at-least-half-decent veterans. There was no quick fix, up or down. One year later,..." September 04

  • Ross sliding into final season of his contract with the Magic

    Hoops Rumors "Magic guard Terrence Ross is about to enter the final season of a three-year, $31.5MM rookie contract extension that he signed in November 2015. And according to Dan Savage of, Ross, 27, is intent on improving upon an injury-riddled 2017/18 season that limited him to 24..." August 30

  • NBA's No. 1 Options Who Would Be Better Off as Sidekicks

    Bleacher Report "In the perfect-world NBA, all player roles fit like skinny jeans and prove ideal vehicles for their abilities. In the actual Association, roster construction and team dynamics often force players into roles that either mask their full range of skills or ask too much of..." August 29

  • The NBA Will Remove Restrictions On What Color Sneakers Players Can Wear Next Season

    Dime Magazine "For quite some time, the NBA has led the way when it comes to player expression and individualism, especially when compared to other major American sports. Players are generally entertaining on social media, fashion before and after games has been a point of popular monitoring, and the..." August 29

  • Magic To Make Nikola Vucevic Available?

    Hoops Rumors "Having re-signed Aaron Gordon and drafted Mohamed Bamba this summer, the Magic head into the 2018/19 season with a crowded frontcourt. In addition to Gordon and Bamba, the big men seeking roles in Orlando’s rotation will include Nikola..." August 28

  • Hawks, Nets Carrying Most 2018/19 Dead Money

    Hoops Rumors "Nearly two-thirds of the NBA’s 30 teams are carrying some sort of “dead money” on their salary cap for 2018/19. This dead money is created as a result of having, at some point, waived a player who had guaranteed money left on his contract. In some cases, teams are..." August 23

  • Shorter reset of shot clock after offensive rebound among likely NBA rules changes, report says

    CBS Sports "The NBA is expected to pass three different rule changes next month during the Board of Governors meeting, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.  Most notable among the changes, is that after an offensive rebound, the shot clock will only reset to 14, instead of giving the..." August 23

  • Some NBA Owners Want Access To Mental Health Records Of Players

    Real GM Basketball "The public announcements from Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan on their struggles with mental health have prompted action from Adam Silver and Michele Roberts. The National Basketball Players Association to hire Dr. William Parham as its first director of mental health and..." August 20