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Poor shooting is a symptom of Orlando Magic's b...
The Orlando Magic started to show signs of life behind their star Nikola Vucevic. But their shooting struggles remain and they are a symptom as much as the disease.
Aaron Gordon gets the point (guard duties)
Aaron Gordon is set to take on a larger playmaking role. This has actually been a plan for the Orlando Magic from the beginning. But now the responsibilities are even greater.
The Orlando Magic are in a holding pattern on t...
The Orlando Magic watched James Harden go to the Brooklyn Nets. Their chances of striking a big deal are on hold while they wait for players to get healthy.
Orlando Magic get a breather with postponed game
The Orlando Magic's game Wednesday against the Boston Celtics was postponed giving them a pause from this rushed season.
Orlando Magic are back to a preseason team
The Orlando Magic are still trying to find their way to play and are not trusting themselves enough to get wins as they rebuild themselves on the fly.
Steve Clifford has a lot of work to do and no p...
Steve Clifford is a meticulous planner who uses practice as his testing ground. Needing to reshape the Magic, one of his biggest tools is not available to him.
Orlando Magic deserve the chance to succeed or ...
The Orlando Magic are moving on this year without Markelle Fultz. While the outlook looks bleak, the team has earned the chance to succeed or fail before everyone frets about the future.
Markelle Fultz tears his ACL... and another hol...
Markelle Fultz tore his ACL early in the Orlando Magic's win Wednesday, tearing another hole in the team's future.
Orlando Magic needed the fast start
The Orlando Magic are off to a fast start, something they did not have in their playoff pushes in 2019 and 2020. It should give them a cushion to build from.
Aaron Gordon unleashed
The Orlando Magic got back to their winning ways by finally unleashing Aaron Gordon and watching him boost the team to a win.
No choice but to shoot the ball
The Orlando Magic had an abysmal shooting night in a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. But shooting is the only solution out of it.
Undefeated no more
The Orlando Magic took their first loss of the season as they struggled to get anything going on either end in a blowout loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Coming through in the clutch
The Orlando Magic have seen Markelle Fultz grow the most in the clutch where he has taken control and guided the Magic to an undefeated start.
The Orlando Magic made history with their first ever 4-0 start and another solid win and Nikola Vucevic made history of his own.
Not so fast my friends...
The Orlando Magic are off to a 3-0 start, but don't celebrate quite yet. This team still has a lot of work to do.
What good teams look like
Good teams find a way to win even on their worst nights. The Orlando Magic did that in two different ways in a weekend sweep of the Washington Wizards.
Confidence from the start
The Orlando Magic are working to change their narrative after a disappointing 2020 season. Defeating the Miami Heat in the opener is a start.
The future begins. . .
The Orlando Magic begin their 2021 season with one eye on the playoffs and the other on their future.
Jonathan Isaac and Markelle Fultz are the future
The Orlando Magic made a sizable investment in their future, taking the plunge on new contracts for Markelle Fultz and Jonathan Isaac.
The preseason is over. . . let the games begin
The Orlando Magic turned in their best effort of the preseason in defeating the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday, but work still remains.
A slice of normal
The Orlando Magic returned to the Amway Center and found a little slice of normal as they played the Charlotte Hornets.
The clock is ticking down...
The clock is ticking down as opening night gets closer and the Orlando Magic are still focusing on getting their rhythm back from a shortened offseason.
The Orlando Magic might be paying tribute to their second-best jersey design with their Earned Edition uniforms.
Come one, come quarter capacity
The Orlando Magic announced their plans for fans to attend games at the Amway Center this season.
Time to play
The Orlando Magic split their preseason games with the Atlanta Hawks, showing signs of progress and a chilling realization of their foundation.
The Orlando Magic play their first preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks. There is a lot to watch (and it's not the final score).
Markelle Fultz, just you wait
Orlando Magic coach Steve Clifford was buzzing about the improvements from guard Markelle Fultz, giving some new hope for internal development for this Orlando Magic team.
The next level
The Orlando Magic know they have to get their defense back on track to have a strong season. Just as they know they need to see Nikola Vucevic reach his next level.
The Challenges Ahead
The Orlando Magic know there are major challenges ahead as expected injuries and absences are sure to spot the season.
Half the schedule, all the pressure
The NBA released the first half of the 2021 schedule and the Orlando Magic will face a tough road that will require them to get off to a fast start.
Pick up where they left off?
The Orlando Magic are still confident they were due for a better season if not for the pandemic. But it will take a lot of work to realize that missed opportunity.
Keep on doubting
Markelle Fultz has fed his entire basketball career on proving doubters wrong. There is plenty of doubt to go around.
The Orlando Magic are set to begin their season again, hoping continuity will give them a base to grow quickly.
Win for the present, plan for the future
The Orlando Magic face a lot of questions in the 2021 season as they balance a playoff chase with their future.
The original believer
Orlando Magic co-founder Jimmy Hewitt passed away this weekend as the Magic and Orlando lose their first believer.
What comes next? And meet Dwayne Bacon
The Orlando Magic have long-term goals still to accomplish. Figuring out how to get there will be part of this season's task. And it all rests with the team's young players.
Development success and failure
The Orlando Magic's 2021 season will be a development year. They will need to see players look ready to take on bigger roles. Something Wesley Iwundu might have been ready to do.
The youth shall lead them. . . eventually
The Orlando Magic are expected to finish the same as they did last year. Whether they have a good season or not will depend on their youth and development.
The more things stay the same, the more they ne...
The Orlando Magic wrapped up free agency by doing very little. They retained most of their players and kept largely the same roster. That is only making the calls for change louder.
What's left for free agency
The Orlando Magic got their man in the Draft. But they still face a lot of questions as they prepare for free agency.
Orlando Magic select COLE ANTHONY
The Orlando Magic made their big play, adding the super-talented Cole Anthony with the 15th pick.
The stage is set
The NBA Draft is tonight and the Orlando Magic are facing a critical decision as they build their future and prepare for the 2021 season.
The Magic need to get better
The Orlando Magic enter an offseason trying to have things both ways -- they want to compete for the playoffs and build for their future. One thing is certain: they need to get better.
The first domino to fall
The Orlando Magic's first domino for the offseason fell as big questions wait on the horizon.
The Mock Draft Pick is in
The Locked on NBA Mock Draft is going on right now and the Orlando Magic's pick is in. Why R.J. Hampton is the guy to risk on with the 15th pick.
Building the framework for a trade
The Orlando Magic are hunting for deals. and it is clear they can make on. Having the framework for a deal is the start to getting something done.
The finish line, orange uniforms and Tyrell Terry!
The NBA sets its offseason dates and the Magic release their City Edition jerseys.
Offseason mailbag fun!
It is time to open up the offseason mailbag as the Draft and free agency finally approach.
Glimpses into the future with Keith Smith (Part 3)
The NBA now has a start date (tentatively) planned. And we finish our conversation on the Orlando Magic's future and what they need with Keith Smith.
Glimpses into the future with Keith Smith (Part 2)
We continue our conversation with Keith Smith as we break down the opportunities in front of the Orlando Magic and the big decisions coming this offseason.
Glimpses into the future with Keith Smith (Part 1)
The Orlando Magic face a lot of big decisions and questions throughout their roster this offseason. We begin to break them down with Keith Smith of Yahoo! Sports.
Jonathan Isaac, one step at a time
Jonathan Isaac gave an update on his recovery as he goes through each step for his return, determined to come back better than he was before.
So you are drafting a point guard?
The Orlando Magic may not seem to be in the market for a point guard, but there are some good options available to give the team some depth.
Searching for value on the Orlando Magic's roster
The Orlando Magic stagnated in 2020 as they struggled to find their footing. The search for value and increasing that value is the key to the team's long-term success.
Aaron Gordon faces an important 2021 season
Much of what the Orlando Magic can do in the 2021 season will depend on what they do with Aaron Gordon and what he does with his season.
The Devin Vassell episode
It is time to do a deep dive on one of the favored prospects of Orlando Magic fans. We look at 3-and-D ace Devin Vassell.
I'll have a season for Christmas
The NBA is reportedly hoping to begin its 2021 season before Christmas setting up a ramped up period to prepare.
Trading up? Let's play Ball!
The Orlando Magic will have plenty of options to trade up. We review the trade up possibilities with LaMelo Ball and Killian Hayes as the Magic examine their trade opportunities.
A position of power
The Orlando Magic enter the trade market knowing they don't have to deal. How this gives them power even with a market that is uncertain for many of their players.
A successful Draft + Aaron Nesmith Profile
What makes a successful Draft? It isn't always about double, triples and stars. Plus we profile Aaron Nesmith, one of the players the Orlando Magic should absolutely target.
Jeff Weltman and the weight of expectations
Jeff Weltman entered the season hoping to fortify the Orlando Magic's foundation. He did that. But the neglect of the roster held the team back.
Steve Clifford, this is your season
The Orlando Magic's season was both a success and a failure. And Steve Clifford played a hand in both as the team analyzes what happened.
Lessons learned and targets acquired?
The Orlando Magic certainly should have learned some lessons from this year's postseason. How will that help them prepare for the offseason and what about some targets popular with fans?
Player Evaluation Speed Round
It is time to wrap up player evaluations as we run through the final four players who each struggled to find their place in the Orlando Magic's future.
Dwight Howard is a champion
The Los Angeles Lakers are NBA champions and Dwight Howard has finally brought a title to Orlando.
What's the deal with the defense?
The Orlando Magic know their success depends on their defense. So why did it feel so off this season? And what do the Magic do to fix it?
Give the Magic the benefit of the doubt
The 2021 season is still far away. But already everyone is counting out the Magic for a third trip to the Playoffs.
The problem with the offense, duh
The Orlando Magic's offense struggled again this year. The problem was obvious and could be the key to unlocking everything.
The wheels are turning
Things might seem quiet on the Orlando Magic's front, but the wheels are still turning as the offseason awaits.
Nikola Vucevic grew and still has room to grow
Nikola Vucevic had some rough moments, but he stepped up in the playoffs
This is a Lakers podcast now
The NBA Finals have begun. I explain what players and storylines you should be rooting for as Magic fans as the series begins.
Drafting from the middle
The Orlando Magic are trying to build from the middle, making their ability to draft to be vitally important.
Move with purpose
The Orlando Magic clearly ned to make some changes this offseason. But they need to make moves with purpose toward a final goal and vision.
Role call: Terrence Ross and Mohamed Bamba
Terrence Ross and Mohamed Bamba have settled into roles for the Orlando Magic. Both will prove vital to the team's fortunes.
Nearing midnight for the Gordon/Isaac pairing
Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac has unfulfilling seasons. And that has brought the questions of how they ultimately pair together to the forefront.
Mo Bamba and Steve Clifford want you to vote!
Mo Bamba and Steve Clifford were at the Amway Center on Tuesday encouraging residents to register to vote for National Voter Registration Day.
Positional and skill versatiilty
The Orlando Magic have a lot of positional needs to fill as they examine their offseason. But finding skill versatility might be just as important.
The Orlando Magic Post-Mortem Part 3
The Orlando Magic have a lot of big decisions coming up ahead of them. On this episode, I discuss the team's overall philosophy on building and what Jeff Weltman has to be thinking about as he remakes the franchise.
Orlando Magic Post-Mortem Part 2
We are two weeks removed from the end of the Orlando Magic's season. In this episode, we break down the shooting need and the Magic's draft strategy.
The Orlando Magic Post-Mortem Part 1
With two weeks between the end of the season and now, we break down everything about the Orlando Magic this season and offseason in part one of our three-part conversation.
Markelle Fultz blew past every expectation
The Orlando Magic did not know what to expect from Markelle Fultz a year ago today. He blew past every expectation to become the team's future starter.
The Miami Heat model
The Orlando Magic are capped out with seemingly no way forward. But that doesn't mean they cannot grow and grow quickly. Just look at the Miami Heat.
The makings of a modern offense
The Orlando Magic's offense has been abysmal to say the least and is at the top of mind as they prepare for the offseason. But one element may already be in place.
Evan Fournier's half-way redemption
Evan Fournier had a career year. Yet the lasting impression was his difficult postseason that still leaves a lot on the table and a foul taste for the offseason.
2020 was not 2019, and it wouldn't have been an...
The Orlando Magic want to believe they were due for a 2019-like run if there was not a pandemic. But that is not quite right. This team wasn't at that level.
The Options at the NBA Draft
The Orlando Magic will have plenty of options when the NBA Draft comes around in October.
The Offseason Overview: Welcome to Cap Hell
The Orlando Magic have a lot of difficult decisions ahead as they try to plot a path forward, and little cap room to do so.
Steve Clifford + Jeff Weltman's post-mortem
The Orlando Magic's season is over and Steve Clifford and Jeff Weltman broke down a sometimes frustrating and sometimes encouraging 2020 run.
The end is here
The Orlando Magic's season came to an end in Game 5 against the Milwaukee Bucks. Now the uncertain offseason begins and change is in the air.
Aaron Gordon's frustrating season ends
As the NBA tries to map out how it will resume and just what message it will send and action it takes, Aaron Gordon heads home to end his frustrating season.
Players put their season hold to strike for rac...
The NBA's players have put their season on hold as another police shooting has forced them to lead for change.
At the end of the world, be who you are
The Orlando Magic face elimination in their series with the Milwaukee Bucks. As they stare at the end of the world, they have to be themselves even more.
Nothing left for the fourth quarter
The Orlando Magic gave themselves a real chance to tie the series. But gave up a killer run in the fourth quarter that ended their hopes and left a lot of questions.
Mid-series check up
The Orlando Magic struggled early again in a Game 3 loss setting up a must-win Game 4 on Monday. We are joined by Stephen Cameron of The Close Up Magic to break down the series so far.
Orlando Magic lose Game 2, or why first quarter...
The Orlando Magic fell to the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2, unable to overcome a horrendous shooting start.
A whole new game
The Orlando Magic know the counterpunch is coming. Game 2 is going to be a completely different game.
Orlando Magic win Game 1 over the Milwaukee Buc...
The Orlando Magic got an All-Star performance from Nikola Vucevic as they surprisingly dominated the Milwaukee Bucks for a Game 1 win.
The day is here
The whole season has been building up toward the Orlando Magic's return to the playoffs. Now we see what this team is made of and just how much progress they made this season.
Breaking it all down -- Magic vs. Bucks, Round 1
It is time to get ready. We break it all down and preview the Magic's series with the Bucks with Locked On Bucks' Kane Pitman.
Back to where it matters
The Orlando Magic are back to where it matters. After confirming last year's playoff appearance they have to prove themselves all over again.