ANDREW NICHOLSON NEWS

The improved offensive execution of the Orlando Magic

With a rebuild looking to be going awry, a young and talented but directionless Orlando Magic franchise turned to a known NBA commodity. Scott Skiles, a veteran coach known for his hard-nosed approach, was brought in to turn the team's defense around just as he's done at every other stop in his coaching career. And while Skiles has done that -- Orlando has jumped from 27th in efficiency...
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December 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Celtics lay an egg in Orlando, lose to Magic 110-91

It was hard not to be encouraged by the Celtics' effort on Friday night when they dismantled the Wizards 111-78 at the Garden.Unfortunately, anyone who thought it was a sign of things to come had their excitement brought to a screeching halt Sunday night when Boston once again showed their inconsistency.As a fan there's nothing more painful to admit, but the Celtics lacked effort...
Via Celtics Life
November 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Poor stretch in 3rd quarter leaves Magic with loss to Kings

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points and 12 rebounds as the Sacramento Kings held off the Orlando Magic 97-91 on Saturday night.Rajon Rondo added 13 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Kings, who had lost two in a row. Marco Belinelli chipped in 13 points off the bench.Trailing 65-61, the Kings outscored the Magic 22-2 in the final 5:03 of the third quarter...
Via AP on Fox
November 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Orlando Waives Greg Stiemsma; Magic Roster at 15

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images The Orlando Magic waived center Greg Stiemsma on Thursday. General Manager Rob Hennigan’s roster is now down to the NBA regular season maximum of 15 players. Stiemsma was signed to a non-guaranteed deal in September. An Achilles injury prevented the 6’11” big man from seeing the court for the first few weeks of preseason action...
Via Magic Basketball Online
October 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Hezonja Debuts and Nicholson Scores 23 Points in Magic Loss

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images Despite what the final score may indicate, the Orlando Magic looked overall much improved in Scott Skiles‘ preseason debut as Head Coach from years past. The Magic fell 106-100 to the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday, as Orlando got off to a rocky 3rd quarter start – tell me if you’ve heard this before – and coughed up a 37-point...
Via Magic Basketball Online
October 03, 2015  |  Discuss

The Future Of Canada's Big Men

Maybe the most disappointing performance from any national team over the last month came from Canada in FIBA Americas, as they finished 3rd against a depleted field in Mexico City that was set up for them to win. Instead, they were shocked by Venezuela in the semifinals, giving up an 8-point lead in the final minutes and now they will have to play next summer against superior competition...
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September 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Nicholson and Ejim Win FIBA Americas Bronze for Canada

Photo: Daniel Cardenas/Imago7/FIBA Americas Orlando Magic fans will be happy to know that Andrew Nicholson and Melvin Ejim are bringing back bronze medals after Canada knocked off hosts Mexico once again on Saturday night, 87-86. It required some clutch Cory Joseph shooting, but they got it done. Do keep in mind, it was both squads’ 10th game in 12 days. That requires a respectable...
Via Magic Basketball Online
September 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Canada Loses Automatic Olympic Bid in Stunning Fashion to Venezuela

Photo: José Jiménez Tirado/FIBA Americas How is Nestor Garcia not dead yet? Wow! I feel bad for any Canadian basketball fan. Team Canada played an awful semifinal contest on Friday night, and paid for it dearly. They lost 79-78 in crazy fashion to Venezuela. Aaron Doornekamp got called for one of the most outrageous off-ball fouls I’ve ever seen with the game tied and 0.3 seconds...
Via Magic Basketball Online
September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Canada Drops 120 Points on Way to FIBA Americas Semifinals

Photo: José Jiménez Tirado/FIBA Americas Team Canada didn’t reach the semifinals of the FIBA Americas Championship two years ago. It won’t be a repeat failure this year. Orlando Magic players Andrew Nicholson and Melvin Ejim didn’t need to do much in the blowout, but off the bench they helped their country blast the Dominican Republic 120-103 on Wednesday to conclude the...
Via Magic Basketball Online
September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Nicholson and Ejim Hand Hosts Mexico First FIBA Americas Loss

Photo: Ernesto Pérez M./FIBA Americas/Imago7 Down go the 2013 FIBA Americas defending champs. Orlando Magic players Andrew Nicholson and Melvin Ejim helped Canada beat up on hosts Mexico on Tuesday night, winning 94-73. Both players were on the court at the exact same time for 19:18 total as they dominated the second and fourth periods. It’s the first defeat Mexico has suffered...
Via Magic Basketball Online
September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch Andrew Nicholson finally come alive at FIBA Americas (VIDEO)

It can be easy to write off Andrew Nicholson as a member of the Orlando Magic at times. His playing time has been yanked around, and he's struggled at times as a result. He just hasn't been able to develop a consistent rhythm as part of an NBA rotation.But games like his performance against Uruguay in the FIBA Americas tournament are why it's so hard to ignore Nicholson. When he...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Nicholson and Ejim Shred Uruguay in Another Canadian Win

Photo: Hugo Avila/FIBA Americas/Imago7 Orlando Magic fans should be thrilled after the outstanding games both Andrew Nicholson and Melvin Ejim had coming off the Canadian bench on Monday night, in what was each player’s best performance at the FIBA Americas competition in Mexico City. Canada got their 5th striaght victory by crushing Uruguay 109-82. Andrew Nicholson finished with...
Via Magic Basketball Online
September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Canada Completes Group B Action 3-1 at FIBA Americas Tourney

Photo: José Jiménez Tirado/FIBA Americas Despite struggling in the first half, Canada dispatched of Puerto Rico 112-92 on Friday night to conclude Group B action. That’s a lot of points for a 40-minute game. Orlando Magic fans should be concerned with Andrew Nicholson as he continues to have issues making a positive on-court impact. In ten minutes, Andrew posted 3 points, 3...
Via Magic Basketball Online
September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Canada Vaults Past Venezuela for Second Straight Win

Photo: José Jiménez Tirado/FIBA Americas In what was their best Group B performance so far at the FIBA Americas Championship, Canada improved to a 2-1 record by taking down previously undefeated Venezuela 82-62 on Thursday night. They didn’t stuff the stat sheets, but Orlando Magic players Andrew Nicholson and Melvin Ejim each had some highlights in the solid victory. Ejim...
Via Magic Basketball Online
September 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Canada Clobbers Cuba to Claim First FIBA Americas Win

Photo: José Jiménez Tirado/FIBA Americas Team Canada improved to 1-1 in Group B play at the FIBA Americas Championship after annihilating Cuba on Wednesday, defeating them 101-59. Orlando Magic players Andrew Nicholson and Melvin Ejim each played thirteen minutes off the bench. Nicholson finished with 2 points (1-of-2), 4 rebounds, and 1 block while Ejim tallied 5 points, 6 rebounds...
Via Magic Basketball Online
September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Canada Suffer Disappointing Defeat at Hands of Argentina

Photo: Daniel Cardenas/FIBA Americas/Imago7 Not the ideal way you want to start the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship if you’re Canada. They fell to – most likely their toughest opponent in Group B – Argentina on Tuesday, 94-87. Canada got out-rebounded 45-39 and only shot 68% from the free throw line. Orlando Magic players Andrew Nicholson and Melvin Ejim both came off the...
Via Magic Basketball Online
September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Andrew Nicholson and Melvin Ejim 2015 FIBA Americas Preview

I felt like putting these two Orlando Magic men together because Andrew Nicholson is beginning his ’15-’16 campaign most likely as a 3rd-string big man, and Melvin Ejim very well may not make Scott Skiles‘ 15-man roster come the beginning of the Magic’s regular season in late-October. But on Team Canada, both men are quite valuable on Jay Triano’s 12-man roster. Canada...
Via Magic Basketball Online
August 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Nicholson and Ejim Make Canada 12-Man FIBA Americas Squad

There wasn’t any doubt, but it’s official now, Orlando Magic players Andrew Nicholson and Melvin Ejim have made Canada’s finalized 12-man roster for the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship that will take place in Mexico August 31st through September 12th. Top two countries from this 10-team tournament gets an automatic qualification into the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro....
Via Magic Basketball Online
August 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Our Favorite ‘F’ Word is Right Around the Corner

Let’s show some maturity, Orlando Magic fans. It’s not that word. It’s also not ‘football’. And it’s not even ‘FIFA 16’. Let’s ‘FIBA’. Welcome to my favorite part of the NBA offseason: FIBA action. Specifically, FIBA’s Americas Championship and EuroBasket tournaments. To most Americans, they’re only viewed as pre-Olympic qualifying tournaments for Brazil...
Via Magic Basketball Online
August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Shabazz Napier Being Recruited By Puerto Rican National Team

The Orlando Magic very well could still have two of their players participate at the August 31st-to-September 12th FIBA Americas pre-Olympic qualifying tournament after all. Andrew Nicholson – coming off a strong Pan Am Games – will most likely represent Canada in Mexico. Puerto Rican national team coach Rick Pitino came out in June and stated he was recruiting Maurice Harkless...
Via Magic Basketball Online
July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Canada and Andrew Nicholson Claim Silver at Pan Am Games

Orlando Magic big man Andrew Nicholson and the Canadian national team had to settle for the silver medal on Saturday in the Pan Am Games senior men’s basketball final. They fell to Brazil 86-71. Nicholson tallied 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting (1-of-2 on triples) and 3 rebounds. Canada as a whole shot a terrible 32% from the field including 6-of-24 on triples. Just not the ideal...
Via Magic Basketball Online
July 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Nicholson’s 31 Points and 10 Rebounds Carry Canada to Gold Medal Game

Don’t tell me the Pan Am Games don’t matter. Look at those faces full of emotion. Orlando Magic big man Andrew Nicholson has an opportunity to win his first medal in international play. That’s because the 25-year-old tallied a remarkable 31 points and 10 rebounds in a 111-108 overtime semifinals victory over Team USA on Friday at the Pan Am Games. Nicholson shot 12-of-20...
Via Magic Basketball Online
July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Nicholson with 11 Points and 10 Boards; Canada Ends Pool B Play 3-0

Orlando Magic big man Andrew Nicholson notched yet another Pam Am Games double-double as Canada concluded Pool B play 3-0 following a comfortable 96-76 victory over Mexico. Canada didn’t need to win this contest – having locked up a semifinals spot – so coach Jay Triano only played Nicholson 18 minutes. Still, Andrew racking up an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double is respectable...
Via Magic Basketball Online
July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Andrew Nicholson playing big minutes for Team Canada

Andrew Nicholson got lots of playing time as a rookie with the Magic. Once he aged, his burn became more sparse. Now, his playing time isn't even inconsistent anymore; it's nonexistent. But that doesn't mean Nicholson, a member of the Canadian national team, is struggling to get minutes everywhere he plays. From Alykan Ravjiani of the Vancouver Province:Nicholson averaged 4.9 points...
Via Fox Sports
July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Nicholson Drops 24 Points and 12 Rebounds in Win Over Argentina

  All smiles for Orlando Magic big man Andrew Nicholson and the Canadian national team squad. After a very lackluster first half, Nicholson proved why Canada can win the Pan Am Games. ‘Drew led Canada to an 88-83 victory over Argentina that included a 29-17 fourth period. Canada shot 45% from the field including another decent 8-for-20 three-point shooting display, and out...
Via Magic Basketball Online
July 22, 2015  |  Discuss
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