Magic Entertain Their Fans at Open Practice

For a lot of Orlando Magic fans inside Amway Center on Monday night, the team’s free open practice meant it was their first or second time seeing this group of Magic players in action. The Magic came out throwing t-shirts to the fans. Then they stretched, did some lateral drills, zig-zagged across the parquet floor, and got to dribbling and shooting drills for the first half...
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11 hours ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Pistons-Magic morning shoot-around interviews

Morning shoot around inverviews with Stan Van Gundy, Aaron Gordo, Elfrid Payton and Evan Fournier.
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pistons-Magic Preseason Shootaround Interviews

The Orlando Magic are hosting the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. The game may not matter as much as the return of former Magic Head Coach Stan Van Gundy to Amway Center. SVG was in the arena for Summer League when Detroit hired him, but this will be the first time he’s truly facing his ex-employer. A lot changes in 2 years. There are no Magic players and little staff still in...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Your 8-Item Checklist for Orlando to Reach the Playoffs Now

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images I’m optimistic and crazy enough to peg the Orlando Magic as a playoff team. Yeah, this 2014-2015 team. This is in response to Philip Rossman-Reich of Orlando Magic Daily seeking anyone who believes this Magic squad can make the playoffs. Well I’m here to reassure everyone that it can happen. I believe Orlando is capable of grabbing...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Flamengo-Magic Preseason Preparation Interviews

The Orlando Magic are back in town following a tight defeat in Charlotte to the Hornets. Head Coach Jacque Vaughn continues to pleased with his team’s offensive and defensive improvements heading into Wednesday’s home preseason opener against Brazilian side Flamengo. JV talked about Evan Fournier playing three positions, his squad’s increased free throw attempts, Dewayne Dedmon...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

2014/15 Denver Nuggets: Rising Sideways

It’s that magical time of year in the NBA, when hope springs eternal and all teams think that the upcoming season will be their best ever. While some teams will surely be rising up, the same amount will be rising down, with the rest floating along treading water (rising sideways). Since we at The Hoops Manifesto are always 100% accurate with our predictions, we’ve taken the...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

2014-15 NBA Preview: Orlando Magic

The Magic have yet to recover from losing Dwight Howard, but they’ve collected a cache of young talent and the future of the team is starting to emerge from the haze. They’ve released the last connection to their finals team, Jameer Nelson, and flipped their leading scorer for a 21 year-old shooting guard. It’s easy to make the playoffs in the east, but they’re a breakout...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

A bit of an enigma, Evan Fournier an entriguing prospect for Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Jacque Vaughn flew to Spain this summer in order to get to know Evan Fournier, one of the newest members of the Orlando Magic, a bit better. Nikola Vucevic only needed to turn to the person next to him in the locker room to achieve the same purpose. From the front office and coaching staff down to the players and fans, there remains a lot to be discovered about Fournier...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Orlando Training Camp: Day 3 Interviews

Orlando Magic Head Coach Jacque Vaughn was overall pleased with how his first 2-a-day practice went. They may repeat it again on Thursday. Vaughn didn’t name a particular player that stood out to him, but he seems encouraged by the roster’s effort up to this point. Jacque did mention that Maurice Harkless has been a consistent performer up to this point. Vaughn then went into...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Evan Fournier: Clearly I turned a corner

Photo via FIBA “Clearly I turned a corner, I learned from a lot of veterans, the coach, about the FIBA ​​game because it’d been three years and I had not played. The last time was in 2011 with the U-20 team. I am very happy to have been part of this World Cup and it will serve me for the NBA this year.” –Evan Fournier to France Pierron of Menu Sport in France after Les...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Evan Fournier: ‘Clearly I Turned a Corner’

The Orlando Magic’s Evan Fournier is in Paris, France following the French national team winning a FIBA World Cup bronze medal in Spain. Evan on Tuesday was on the L’Equipe 21 French program called Menu Sport where Fournier had a sit-down interview with France Pierron. Here are a few excerpts from that 10-minute segment that is translated using Google. On how he viewed his...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Evan Fournier, France win bronze medal at FIBA World Cup

Evan Fournier played in only 16 minutes, scoring four points off four free throws and missing all four of his shots. That is probably not what he will remember from this game or from this tournament. France defeated Lithuania 95-93 to secure the bronze medal. This game was all about Boris Diaw, who scored 15 points, and about France’s 31-22 fourth quarter. Before the third quarter...
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September 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Fournier & France Win FIBA World Cup Bronze Medal

In his first showing with the French men’s senior national basketball team, the Orlando Magic’s Evan Fournier has won a bronze medal at the FIBA World Cup having defeated Lithaunia 95-93 on Saturday in the 3rd Place Game. It was a thrilling rematch of the 2013 EuroBasket Final that transformed into a free throw duel at the finish. France follows up gold at last year’s EuroBasket...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Evan Fournier Scores 10 Points in Semifinal Loss

  The French dream of a gold medal is over. The Orlando Magic’s Evan Fournier could only watch on the bench as Serbia defeated France 90-85 on Friday in their Semifinals duel that was beyond entertaining. France still has the 3rd place contest to look forward to on Saturday. In 14 minutes of action, Fournier notched 10 points and 2 rebounds on 3-for-6 shooting (2-of-4 on 3s...
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September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Evan Fournier FIBA World Cup Semifinals Preview

International basketball fans are still picking their jaws up off the floor. The Orlando Magic’s Evan Fournier and his French national teammates have already tied the farthest they have ever progressed in a FIBA World Cup tournament. France finished 4th back in 1954. This competition is much more balanced and prestigious 60 years later. Now a spot on the podium and an automatic...
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September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Fournier and France Upset Spain to Reach Semifinals

  The run is ov…NO IT’S NOT!  The Orlando Magic’s Evan Fournier and his French squad were NOT eliminated in the Quarterfinals meeting with FIBA World Cup hosts Spain on Wednesday. After losing to the Spaniards by 24 points one week ago, France came up with a massive upset effort to knock off Spain 65-62. It’s a devastating defeat for the hosts who were destined to take...
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September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Evan Fournier FIBA World Cup Quarterfinals Preview

The Orlando Magic’s Evan Fournier has continued to impress at the FIBA World Cup. Off the bench, he’s now the French national team’s 4th-highest scorer at 7.3 points per game. That’s better than Boris Diaw and Mickael Gelabale. It’s too bad it’s all most likely going to come to an end against tourney hosts Spain in the Quarterfinals. The Spaniards have been shredding...
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September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

The Origin of Evan Fournier’s Nickname

I just realized that there hasn’t been an official Orlando Magic post on the ‘More Champagne’ nickname that has been bestowed upon Evan Fournier. Let’s change that. One look at the 21-year-old’s Twitter account, and you know immediately how much Evan covets his nickname. Fournier has been having a solid run for the French national team at the FIBA World Cup. That means...
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September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Evan Fournier scores 13 as France advances past Croatia

Yes, that is Evan Fournier going coast-to-coast and drawing the foul in Saturday’s 69-64 win for France over Croatia. Fournier actually played a big role. After struggling in the early part of the tournament, Fournier has started to put together some very good games. His last four games have seen him average 11.0 points per game and score 13 points in each of the last two games...
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September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Fournier Drops 13 Points as France Beat Croatia in Round of 16

The Orlando Magic’s Evan Fournier is continuing his improved play in the FIBA World Cup to the point where it’s impossible to keep him off the court. France defeated Croatia 69-64 on Saturday in the Round of 16 knockout stage that took place in Madrid, Spain. The French almost choked away their ticket to the Quarterfinals late. Fournier had a major impact in the second and third...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Evan Fournier comes on strong as World Cup enters knockout stage

I was really felling that basketball withdrawal Friday as the FIBA World Cup took its first full day off to allow teams to travel for the Round of 16 and the beginning of the knockout stages. No one may have been watching. But that is OK the tournament goes on. Now things will really get interesting. It kicks off in Barcelona with the United States taking on Mexico — and former...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Evan Fournier FIBA World Cup Round of 16 Preview

If you haven’t paid attention to the FIBA World Cup that’s been occurring in Spain, now is an ideal time to tune in. The Orlando Magic’s Evan Fournier is the only member of the team playing right now in competitive games and his France side has made it to the tournament’s Round of 16 knockout stage to take on Croatia. Here’s how the bracket is broken down. The France-Croatia...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Fournier Scores 13 Points as French Reach Round of 16

Thursday brought the fifth and final game day of Group A for Orlando Magic wing Evan Fournier and his French national team. The EuroBasket champs took on Iran who are the FIBA Asia winners. It would be tough early and often, but France would eventually prevail over Iran 81-76 to clinch progression to the Round of 16 knockout stage. Fournier played eighteen minutes and finished with...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Spain Manhandle France; Fournier with 9 Points

Following a day off yesterday, Wednesday found France taking on the tough FIBA World Cup hosts as Spain had looked unstoppable in Group A play previous to this matchup. It was a rematch of last year’s semifinal game in EuroBasket 2013 that France won in overtime. Spain is much stronger than last meeting, and the French are a weaker roster. So it’s no surprise that Spain used...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Evan Fournier struggles to get off the bench

France has performed about as you would expect in the very difficult Group A. The defending Eurobasket champions lost to Brazil, somewhat surprisingly in the opener, before stealing a win from the free throw line against Croatia and then blowing out the overmatched Egypt by 30-plus points. Group A has the day off Tuesday before France takes on host Spain tomorrow. Magic fans, and...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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