Kevin Durant blocks Ben Gordon’s lay-up in Thunder-Magic

Ben Gordon had two choices on this two-on-one fastbreak. A. He could easily lob it to his super athletic teammate, Aaron Gordon. That would be an easy two points and it would get the home crowd going because Aaron Gordon has hops and he can do whatever the heck he want with the ball in the air. B. Challenge the much taller Kevin Durant and try to convert a lay-up. Ben Gordon chose...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Magic midseason review: In search of offensive identity

ORLANDO, Fla. -- There's an inherent risk that comes with placing a heavy emphasis on the result of one contest in an 82-game NBA regular season. As players, coaches and front-office types are prone to proclaim, the season is a marathon, not a sprint. But the way in which the Orlando Magic reached the halfway point Monday night -- putting up 121 points while shooting almost 60 percent...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Nikola Vucevic Put on a Tip Drill in Portland

Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images I think Orlando Magic Head Coach Jacque Vaughn would have done two things differently after Saturday night’s loss in Portland: 1. Play Devyn Marble over Ben Gordon in crunch time 2. Get Nikola Vucevic more touches towards the end of the game Despite the Montenegrin center scoring a career-high 34 points on 15-of-23 shooting and grabbing 16...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Gordon: My Game Is Back

The signing of Ben Gordon on a two-year, $8 million contract by the Orlando Magic was widely criticized after his substandard play with the Charlotte Hornets. "My game is back," Gordon said Monday. "My game is sharp. I'm being efficient and doing what I wanted to accomplish. They brought me in to bring a spark off the bench, and I've tried to keep my end of the deal." Gordon, 31...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Hornets-Magic Postgame Locker Room Interviews

AP Photo/John Raoux The Orlando Magic have a few days to think about what each and every player needs to improve on to prevent this season from becoming a disaster. A lot of self-reflecting. This 4-game road trip is either going to wake the team up, or there’s going to be potential job security worries up ahead. Jacque Vaughn:   Below are videos from Elfrid Payton, Nikola Vucevic...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Rookies Elfrid Payton, Devyn Marble add scrappiness as Magic nearly pull off comeback

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Not long after Elfrid Payton was handed the starting point guard reins by the Orlando Magic last month, Devyn Marble was handed an airplane ticket to Erie. Two games with the Magic's NBA Development League affiliate didn't exactly prepare Marble for the task of guarding Joe Johnson in the fourth quarter of a furious comeback attempt. But the two rookies, along with...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Brooklyn-Magic Postgame Locker Room Interviews

AP Photo/John Raoux It’s pretty awesome that Devyn Marble quadrupled his season minutes in one game tonight. That rookie and the other one Elfrid Payton both were bright spots in a game that looked awfully bleak. Dewayne Dedmon was happy to have his locker neighbor back. Devyn Marble:   Below are interviews of Elfrid Payton, Jacque Vaughn, Ben Gordon, and Channing Frye.  ...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Fourth-quarter woes getting tiresome for Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. -- For the sixth time this month, the Orlando Magic were held to fewer than 20 points in the fourth quarter Friday night. They were able to get away with it, if just barely, against a mediocre Boston Celtics team Tuesday night. But that wasn't going to be a winning strategy against the NBA's MVP four of the last six years. LeBron James, less than a week away from his...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Orlando Players That Shoot Better Away From Amway Center

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images There are 5 Orlando Magic players that shoot better on the road than at home inside Amway Center. One of those is Devyn Marble who has barely played and so I won’t mention him again because that’d be unfair. You may or may not guess the other four who have large roles on this 10-19 squad that is 3-7 at home so far this ’14-...
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December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Ben Gordon Has Been Far From ‘Toxic’ in Orlando

Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images   An intriguing factoid tweeted out by Orlando Magic television broadcaster David Steele caught my curiosity Friday evening before the Magic defeated the Utah Jazz to improve to an 8-14 record.   This will likely surprise many #Magic fans, but @BenGordon8 has team’s best defensive rating. (min. 10 mins/game) — David Steele...
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December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Magic musings: Orlando matches last season's road win total

Down by 23 points in the third quarter on the road Friday night, the Orlando Magic could have been excused for turning their attention to Saturday night's visit by the Miami Heat. Instead, they turned more than a few heads in recording one of the largest comeback victories in franchise history. Led by a lineup which included rookie Elfrid Payton and veterans Willie Green and Ben...
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November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Great off the bench, Ben Gordon shows Magic he still has it

ORLANDO, Fla. -- This was expected to be the night when the Orlando Magic and their fans got a glimpse of what Channing Frye can do. Instead, they got a reminder of what Ben Gordon is still capable of accomplishing given the right set of circumstances. The Magic trailed the Washington Wizards by 17 points in the fourth quarter Thursday night, with Frye on the bench after taking only...
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October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Magic-Pelicans Practice Interviews

The Orlando Magic sneaked in a practice at Amway Center on Monday before they hop on a plane to New Orleans. They’ll take on the Pelicans Tuesday night as one of only 3 games to debut the ’14-’15 NBA campaign. Jacque Vaughn will have Luke Ridnour, Dewayne Dedmon, and Ben Gordon will be available to play. Ben described his dental procedure. Jacque reflected on his NBA debut...
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October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Orlando Magic defeat Flamengo to win preseason home opener

The Orlando Magic made their 2014-2015 home debut on Wednesday night with a preseason victory against the Brazilian powerhouse Flamengo. Despite the home opener, it often seemed like the Flamengo cheers and chants were overtaking the building. While the chants were energizing, it wasn’t enough to propel the visiting Rio squad who ultimately fell to the Magic 106-88. Nik Vucevic...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

NBA 2K15 is Out, Let’s Check in on the Magic

NBA 2K15 was released midnight on October 7th. I already revealed the Orlando Magic player ratings, now let’s see how these guys look in the video gaming world. Surprisingly, the Magic are handling the Grizzlies quite well in Memphis. Look how dominant that bench is with Ben Gordon making buckets. It looks like the starting lineup designated by 2K Sports for the Magic is: C...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Orlando Training Camp: Day 2 Interviews

The Orlando Magic prepared for their first 2-a-day practice on the second day of training camp Wednesday. The overall consensus in regards to Day 1 seems to be that there was high energy from all players, but there were some nerves to get out of the way. Head Coach Jacque Vaughn gave high praise to Ben Gordon as the 31-year-old has a lot to prove after his previous stop in Charlotte...
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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Ben Gordon shows his 'love' for the Magic's Hoops for Hunger Program

EATONVILLE -- Every kid at Hungerford Elementary is a part of the free or reduced-lunch program and sadly many of them don't have enough food at home to eat over long weekends or on a nightly basis. Fortunately, the Orlando Magic, standout guard Ben Gordon and the Christian Service Center have teamed up to combat the growing number of children who show up to school hungry or are...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Ben Gordon Helps Magic’s Hoops for Hunger Program

As part of the Orlando Magic’s Hoops for Hunger program, the organization along with new guard Ben Gordon and Magic Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw on Tuesday afternoon teamed up with the Christian Service Center and Orange County Public Schools to debut the Magic Love Pantry at Hungerford Elementary (230 South College Ave., Eatonville, 32751). Gordon, Anderson...
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September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Ennis Whatley Almost Played for the Celtics?

 Ennis Whatley was a member of the Celtics during the pre-season of 1988.  It's true!  And then, just like that, he wasn't: If you followed the NBA in the 80s and 90s you totally remember Whatley.  But you may not have known how close he was to playing for the Celtics.  According to the article, the strong play of Brian Shaw in the preseason sealed the fate for Whatley.Check...
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Ben Gordon Faces Tough Scrimmage Competition

The folks over at Home Team Hoops have provided some intriguing video of a recent private scrimmage that occurred in the Central Florida area. Orlando Magic fans can get a look at recently signed 31-year-old Ben Gordon going up against 20-year-old Damarcus Croaker. The local product is entering his second season with the Texas Longhorns. Take the lack of defense with a huge grain...
Via Magic Basketball Online
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

MBO Roundtable – Magic Free Agency Edition

Barring a significant trade out of GM Rob Hennigan, the Orlando Magic appear to be done making major acquisitions this offseason. So the MBO staff gathered around for another roundtable discussion and chatted about the franchise’s 2014 free agency and trade hauls. We put on our starting lineup prediction hats as well as whipped out contract extension offers. Contributing to the...
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August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orlando Magic Uniform Revealed

A new Orlando Magic ‘Christmas Day’ jersey (see bottom left of image above) from Adidas has been revealed for the upcoming ’14-’15 season, courtesy of Uni Watch. No it doesn’t mean the Magic will play on Christmas, though it’s not out of the question considering the franchise has some very promising young players such as Victor Oladipo. Adidas made a Christmas uniform...
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July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Ben Gordon and Willie Green Have First Magic Interviews

The Orlando Magic followed the end of its Summer League with introductory interviews with Ben Gordon and Willie Green. This coming shortly after Gordon’s deal with the Magic had become official. Willie had been waived by the Clippers and then claimed by the Magic back on June 30th, something that surprised Green. The 31-year-old Gordon and 33-year-old Green both seem to be bought...
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July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Ben Gordon looks to bring experience, 3-point shooting to Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. -- When Ben Gordon reached the playoffs for the first time as a member of the Chicago Bulls in 2005, it was on a team that began the season with an 0-9 record. As tough as times have gotten for the Orlando Magic the past two years, they've never stumbled that badly out of the gate. Gordon, who has averaged more than 20 points a game in the postseason for his career...
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July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Ben Gordon Officially Signs with Magic

Well we knew it was coming following the elimination of the free agent moratorium period, but the Orlando Magic have officially signed Ben Gordon. The team didn’t release terms of the deal, but we know it’s a 2-year, $9 million contract. The second year of the deal is a team option. Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan discussed the signing: “Ben (Gordon) brings valuable experience...
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July 11, 2014  |  Discuss
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