Who Is: Dante Exum

Dante Exum is this year’s International Man of Mystery. He has hardly been in the spotlight — or played much organized basketball — in the past year. While the celebrated high school class of 2013, spread out for their one year in college and the attention it gives American fans, Exum stayed home in Australia far away from the prying eyes of the media, cameras and the basketball...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Remembering Heart & Hustle

Ask Magic CEO Alex Martins what team fans remember most in the Magic’s history and the answer will inevitably center around three teams. The two Finals trips in 1995 and 2009 stand out. Obviously. Those were dream seasons. The other season though? It would hardly count as a blip on most franchise’s radars. A .500 season that saw the team fall a game short of the Playoffs. Again...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
26 days ago  |  Discuss

What Went Right: Celebrating 25 Years of Magic Basketball

Now that the season is over, it is time to review the last five months. This is our yearly look back at what went right and what went wrong during the 2013-14 season. In talking with the traveling media throughout the year, you get a sense of what life can be like on the road in the NBA. For the Magic media, the trip to Minneapolis came early for the Timberwolves’ home opener back...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Magic pay tribute to Dwight Howard

The Magic are celebrating their 25th Anniversary season this year. It has included several "Legends Nights" where all-time great Magic players like Tracy McGrady and Anfernee Hardaway have reutnred to orlando to receive accolades from the Orlando crowd. It has also included short video tributes for former Magic players involved with current NBA teams. These short video...
Via Bloguin Best
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Magic pay tribute to Dwight Howard

The Magic are celebrating their 25th Anniversary season this year. It has included several "Legends Nights" where all-time great Magic players like Tracy McGrady and Anfernee Hardaway have reutnred to orlando to receive accolades from the Orlando crowd. It has also included short video tributes for former Magic players involved with current NBA teams. These short video...
Via Crossover Chronicles
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Horace Grant wishes he picked up Shaq's call

{youtube}HkVxSezwdAQ{/youtube} The great turning point, or at least the first one, in Magic history was undoubtedly Shaquille O'Neal's sudden departure from Orlando. Horace Grant was as close to Shaq as anyone having played with him for two seasons in 1995 and 1996. Grant's presence helped propel the Magic to the top of the Eastern Conference including a trip...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

#TBT Penny Hardaway: Lil Penny Commercial

For this edition of Throwback Thursday, we take a look at one of Nike’s most original and creative marketing campaign featuring Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway. Between 1995 and 1998, Penny Hardaway was widely considered the second best guard in the NBA behind Michael Jordan. Penny was a four time All-Star, and alongside Shaquille O’Neal, led the Orlando Magic to the 1995 NBA Finals...
Via Sports Mockery
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Orlando remains Anfernee Hardaway's basketball home

Anfernee Hardaway has not been seen around Orlando very often since he left the Magic in a trade before the 1999-2000 season. He returned for the All-Star Game a few years ago, but we rarely see one of the Magic's four greatest players around much. Tonight against the Knicks, Hardaway will be honored as part of the team's 25th Anniversary season. He has had a long, winding...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Magic to honor Horace Grant on Friday night

As part of the Magic's 25th Anniversary Legends Night, the team will honor Horace Grant during Friday's game between the Magic and the Bobcats at Amway Center. Like previous honorees, Grant will be recognized at center court between the first and second quarters, will spend pregame on Fox Sports Florida's broadcast of the game and join David Steele and Jeff Turner on...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Nick Anderson talks 'The Steal' and trash talking with MJ

Voting for the greatest moment in Magic history is still ongoing at until the end of January. I actaully am planning on doing a greatest moments in team history podcast with fellow Magic history nerd Adam Papageorgiou before the New Year. So look forward to that. This post is about my vote for the greatest moment in Magic history. That would be 'The Steal...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
December 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Nick Anderson has been there for it all with Magic

Orlando Sentinel Nick Anderson remembers the first time he put a Magic uniform on very well. It was a preseason game against the Pistons. The Orlando Arena was sold out and it sounded and felt like a regular season game. It sounded and felt like a Playoff game. The celebration after the victory for the expansion Magic was like winning a championship. You can imagine the...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
November 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Re-developing the 3-pointer

Jeff Griffith/USA TODAY By the time the Magic came around in 1990, the 3-point line was 10 years old and still something of a mystery. Not many teams used it. Certainly not as a primary weapon. If you want games from that era, plenty of players comfortably set up just inside the 3-point line or favor mid-range jumpers. League average 3-point field goal percentage in 1990...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
November 05, 2013  |  Discuss

25 Years of Magic: Not so Happy Halloween

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Orlando Magic basketball. The team itself will be celebrating with look backs at the team's stories history and recognition of the team's greatest players (Tracy McGrady is due in town Friday for a night honoring him). Orlando Magic Daily loves celebrating Magic history (probably too much). And so each day this season, we will dig into...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Alex Martins: Magic have internal criteria for retiring jerseys

It being the Magic's 25th Anniversary season, fans have naturally begun to wonder when the team will retire its first jersey (besides the honorary No. 6 for the Fans). There are plenty of candidates you would think are eligible for jersey retirement. Nick Anderson, Anfernee Hardaway, Shaquille O'Neal and Tracy McGrady quickly come to mind. You can make a healthy argument...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
October 25, 2013  |  Discuss

The Jameer Nelson decade

Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY The best players in Magic history will be parading through the Amway Center throughout the season as the team celebrates its 25th Anniversary season beginning with Tracy McGrady on opening night, Nov. 1 against the Pelicans. Surely Shaquille O'Neal will have his night, as will Anfernee Hardaway, Nick Anderson and Darrell Armstrong when the Mavericks...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Victor Oladipo tops Penny Hardaway in Orlando Sentinel poll

This year marks the Orlando Magic's 25th Anniversary. There will be lots of historical retrospectives on the franchise's quarter century of existence. The Orlando Sentinel, not known for its great polling when it comes to the Magic, put together a bracket of the 64 greatest Magic players of all time* and set up a tournament-style fan vote to determine who is the franchise...
Via Bloguin Best
October 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Magic Wands: at Mavericks

  Score Period Off. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR Orlando 95 2:33 101.1 58.1 37.5 25.5 36.8 Dallas 84 4th 90.3 38.8 20.8 11.7 31.3 ...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Indiana Hoosiers’ fans troll Orlando Sentinel’s poll

The Orlando Sentinel recently held a poll for Orlando Magic fans to jump on and vote for their favorite Magic players of all-time. This poll was done bracket style (64 teams), similar to a March Madness Bracket. The usual suspects were involved. Shaquille O’Neal, Penny Hardaway, Tracy McGrady, Dwight Howard, etc. Even guys like Hedo Turkoglu, Rashard Lewis, Dennis Scott, and newcomer...
Via Pass The Pill
October 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Indiana fans crash Sentinel's Magic poll

Orlando Sentinel The Orlando Sentinel unveiled its tournament bracket to determine the greatest player in Magic history earlier this week. There was plenty of controversy over seedings and exclusions -- no Rashard Lewis being chief among them -- but ultimately the exercise is to determine the best player in team history. That answer will be difficult, but getting to a final...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
October 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Orlando Sentinel unveils Magic bracket

Orlando Sentinel The 25th Anniversary season is upon us and the Magic are making their preparations and celebrations and releasing them slowly as the season gets set to begin. It is definitely a time for celebration. The Orlando Sentinel is joining in on the fun now with their Bracket Buster series, a 64-player tournament to determine who the best player in Magic history...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
October 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Solomon Jones chasing a dream come true

Chris McGrath/Getty Images/Zimbio There will be plenty of nostalgia to come throughout the 25th Anniversary season for the Magic. Jason Maxiell has already commented on his desire to wear Horace Grant goggles to protect an eye he had surgery on to repair a detached retina. The Magic have their plans already set too (both announced and unannounced, I am sure). And there will be...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
October 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Hard work defines Magic

Orlando Magic   With training camps opening around the NBA on Monday, the Internet will begin rolling out its previews for each of the NBA teams. The annual NBA Blog Preview organized by Jeff Clark of Celtics Blog kicked off today with the Celtics and Warriors batting lead off. It is truly that wonderful time of the year. There will be more to come from the Magic and...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
October 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Amway Center readying for 25th anniversary season

Fernando Medina/Getty Images/Orlando Magic I was driving past Amway Center on Tuesday after the U.S.-Mexico soccer game and noticed the arena was beginning to turn a new leaf. Or at least get some new window dressings. Banners adorned the outside of Amway Center featuring Magic players of old and celebrating the 25th Anniversary season coming up this year. There were photos...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
September 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Orlando Magic’s All Time Starting 5

Orlando Magic’s All Time Starting 5 By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…. PG: Anfernee Hardaway- 6 seasons *4 time NBA All Star * 2 Time All NBA 1st Team, *1 Time All NBA 3rd Team, * All NBA Rookie 1st Team - Anfernee Hardaway was a truly incredible offensive player in his prime and 6 of his 7 best seasons statistically, were with Orlando. However, other than his...
Via HoopStuff
September 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Gary Payton’s Respect for John Stockton a Reminder of Just How Much 1990s Was Golden Age for Point Guards

To say John Stockton makes a public appearance once in a blue moon would be inaccurate, because not even blue moons are as elusive as Stockton. Getting the former Utah Jazz point guard to come out of hiding, even for one brief night, requires the most special circumstances — like, for instance, a former rival going into the hall of fame and requesting his presence. So Stockton...
September 09, 2013  |  Discuss
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