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The Orlando Magic have one more tuneup before the playoffs. They have a lot to work on with their energy and also their 3-point defense.
Time to step up
The Orlando Magic no-showed a loss to the Brooklyn Nets. They are not looking Playoff-ready and their star player is not stepping up.
Bucks in the background
The Orlando Magic have two games left in the seeding round and they want to use it to get themselves right. But the Milwaukee Bucks loom large in the background.
Left it all on the table
The Orlando Magic officially lost the race to seventh after leaving a win on the table against the Boston Celtics.
the orlando magic made the playoffs
The Orlando Magic fell to the Philadelphia 76ers but still clinched a second straight playoff berth.
A frustrating playoff preview
The Orlando Magic fell behind again and struggled to break the Toronto Raptors in a potential playoff preview.
Far from playoff ready
The Orlando Magic failed their first test against a playoff caliber team, falling behind against the Indiana Pacers and never catching up.
Day 1 of the comeback
The Orlando Magic are still crushed with the injury to Jonathan Isaac. But he is optimistic and is already thinking about his comeback.
Injuries are just the worst
Jonathan Isaac tore his ACL as the Orlando Magic won easily. And injuries are just the worst.
Jonathan Isaac's reasons are his own
There are important conversations happening throughout the country. Jonathan Isaac bucked the trend by standing during the anthem and speaking his feelings about how to protest and act.
It is time...
The NBA seeding round is here. The Orlando Magic resume their season Friday with a lot on the line.
Orlando Magic have their eye on the present and...
Jonathan Isaac is back. But there is still work to do until he is back. And the Magic will still be deliberate with their eyes still on the future.
Jonathan Isaac is hereth
Jonathan Isaac made his triumphant return to the court and he did not disappoint.
Jonathan Isaac cometh
The Orlando Magic's offense again had its struggles in a scrimmage loss. Do not worry Jonathan Isaac is set to return Monday.
Moving at their own pace
The Orlando Magic are making sure players move at their own pace as they prepare for the season's restart.
The Orlando Magic play a game
The Orlando Magic hit the floor for the first time in four months and looked . . . OK. It certainly was no disaster and the team has a foundation to grow form. But lots of work to do.
Gameday is (finally) here
The Orlando Magic will get their chance to hit the floor for the first time in four months as they take on the LA Clippers in their first scrimmage.
OMD Post-Hiatus Mailbag
The NBA season is almost back! We dive into the OMD Mailbag and answer some pressing questions before the season resumes.
Ready or not, here they come
It is officially game week for the Orlando Magic. As they try to integrate Markelle Fultz back into the fold, the Magic are preparing to see just where they are at.
All hands on deck
The Orlando Magic are still figuring out how they will manage the upcoming season. Everyone on the roster will have to play a role.
Playing constant catch-up
The Orlando Magic like every team are trying to catch up in time to be ready for the season. That might prove to be a longer process than we thought.
No one really knows
The Orlando Magic are excited to have Jonathan Isaac back in practice, but like with the team, nobody really knows how quickly he or the team can be ready to play.
Mo Bamba, secret weapon
Mo Bamba confirmed his weight gains during the quarantine and hiatus. That could make him much more than a secret weapon as the Orlando Magic
Life in the bubble
The Orlando Magic conducted their first practice as they get a little bit of normalcy in hitting the floor once again.
Second chances and bubble frenzy
The Orlando Magic have entered the bubble and await their second chance to achieve their season-long goals.
Goals for the bubble
The Orlando Magic get ready to enter the bubble with a lot of questions, a hope to regain rhythm and one clear goal.
Into the unknown
The Orlando Magic are preparing to travel into the unknown of the restarted NBA season, giving their coach little precious time to prepare and no sense of where they are at.
Faithful to the grind
Markelle Fultz has experience more than most on having to work hard and wait to return to the court. He is hoping that helps him be ready to return.
Magic will get their chance in the bubble
The NBA released the schedules for the league's return to play. And the Orlando Magic will get their chance to play their way up to seventh and feel the Playoff intensity.
Half man, half myth
Vince Carter says goodbye to the NBA, Evan Fournier dispels several myths and the NBA Draft is still three months away!
The Silver Anniversary of the 1995 Orlando Magi...
The Orlando Magic are celebrating the silver anniversary of perhaps the best team in franchise history. Luke Hetrick of Spectrum Sports 360 joins the show to discuss what made that team so special.
The situation on the ground
Coronavirus cases continue to rise in Orange County, putting the NBA's return plan at risk.
Of Admirals and... Shaq
In 1995, the NBA was set to see two of its best centers face off. They got Hakeem Olajuwon instead. The Magic and Spurs' collision course was derailed.
NBA irons out the details
The NBA is ironing out the details of its return. Most importantly, it gives players the information to decide whether to play or not.
Every concern is valid
The NBA's players are still weighing whether to come back. And new issues keep coming up for discussion.
When we last left our heroes...
It has been three months since we last saw our heroes. The Orlando Magic were truly turning a corner when the season went on hiatus.
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Not to put a damper on things...
Central Florida is seeing a small spike in new cases of the coronavirus and other news shows it is not a matter of if but when the coronavirus returns to the NBA.
Un-happy 25th Anniversary
Sunday is an un-happy anniversary in Orlando Magic history. We reflect on Game 1 of the 1995 NBA Finals 25 years later and how the Magic's bravado got broken.
The NBA season has a plan to return! Woo-hoo!
The NBA is preparing to announce its return to play plan and the Magic still hold all the cards.
The NBA is asking the Orlando Magic for everything
The NBA is nearing its return and it is clear the league is going to ask the Orlando Magic to gamble everything.
How the NBA SHOULD come back with group play
The NBA is reportedly considering several ideas for their return to play plan with an announcement coming soon. Here is how I think they should do it.
Why the end of the season is important
The Orlando Magic need to finish the season to continue developing their players. Aaron Gordon most of all.
What to do with 8th -- with Shawn Coleman of Lo...
The NBA is still figuring out how it wants to make its comeback. For the teams sitting in eighth, they very well could put their Playoff spots on the line to play their way in.
The NBA's gears begin to turn
The NBA has officially acknowledged it plans to restart its season at Disney as the league's wheels begin to turn.
The Magic documentaries we need to see
With The Last Dance completed, we are thinking about the next Orlando Magic stories to tell.
Sliding Doors and 2009's resiliency
Doc Rivers clarified one of the great what ifs of Orlando Magic history and it still does not make us feel any better. Plus rewatching the 2009 Magic reveals something unexpected.
Lessons from The Last Dance
The conclusion to The Last Dance gives us a chance to reflect on what we can learn from Michael Jordan's championship-winning career.
Locked On Magic 05.15.20: What If? 1996 Magic v...
The Orlando Magic and Seattle SuperSonics represented the best of the 1990s and the future of the league. Both fell short because of Michael Jordan and the problems of more.
Locked On Magic 05.13.20: The obvious answer
The Orlando Magic's offense kickstarted after the All-Star Break for many reasons. There is one big one that is at the center of everything.
Locked On Magic 05.13.20: Clear vision, full dr...
The Orlando Magic are sure to be at the center of several trade rumors when the offseason finally comes around. Their vision is more important than ever.
Locked On Magic 05.11.20: Another sleight in Jo...
The Orlando Magic became another sleight in Michael Jordan's ledger as he used the fuel of 1995 to dominate in 1996. Orlando Magic's place in history might just be relegated to just another of the vanquished.
Locked On Magic 05.07.20: Let's fix the NBA's T...
The NBA 2K League tipped off with a unique vision of broadcasting its league games. It got me thinking of how the NBA can fix its TV problems.
Locked On Magic 05.05.20: Basketball is the hap...
The NBA is showing signs it is starting to rouse from its slumber. But how the season returns is going to be a long time.
Locked On Magic 05.04.20: Rewatchables -- Magic...
The Orlando Magic's landmark series win over the Chicago Bulls is a lot different than we choose to remember it.
Locked On Magic 04.30.20: The Steal, Part 2
Today we rewatch the second half of the Orlando Magic's Game 1 win over the Chicago Bulls in the 1995 NBA Playoffs.
Locked On Magic 04.29.20: The Steal (Part 1)
We rewatched the Orlando Magic's Game 1 win over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday. Here is the first half discussion from the best game in Magic history.
Locked On Magic 04.28.20: No diss, Aaron Gordon...
Aaron Gordon seems a bit salty still after his Dunk Contest defeat. But what is more important is how the Magic found a way to optimize him after the All-Star Break.
Locked On Magic 04.24.20: It's not all bad
The Orlando Magic's season has not gone according to plan. But it has not been a disaster either. And there are plenty of great moments to hold onto.
Locked On Magic 04.23.20: "Playoff Preview" Bos...
Instead of breaking down the actual playoffs, we get a hypothetical playoff preview for the Orlando Magic against the Boston Celtics.
Locked On Magic 04.21.20: "Playoff Preview" vs....
While we wait for the season to restart when we should be watching the playoffs, I chat with Sean Woodley about a likely playoff rematch with the Toronto Raptors.
Locked On Magic 04.20.20: The plan should alrea...
The Orlando Magic's season is not a success, nor is it a failure. But the team should already have a picture of where it goes next.
Locked On Magic 04.15.20: A season ended on pause
Wednesday was supposed to be the final day of the regular season. But there are no playoffs ahead and only uncertainty for when we will resume.
Locked On Magic 04.14.20: Growing from the middle
The Orlando Magic face some important decisions this offseason, or they could defer them another year. Either way, the team's growth rests in the balance.
Locked On Magic 04.13.20: Of Championships and ...
The Orlando Magic pushed all in with perhaps their best team in 2010 but came up short. What was the ultimate legacy of the 2010 Orlando Magic?
Locked On Magic 04.09.20: The questions we need...
The Orlando Magic have had a sometimes frustrating season that has left a lot of questions unanswered throughout the course of the year.
Locked On Magic: 04.08.20: The Missed Chances o...
The Orlando Magic had one of their best season in 2009 and came to regret the missed chance of 2009. So too did the Denver Nuggets as two franchises shined in 2009.
Locked On Magic 04.06.20: Orlando Magic Rewind ...
The Orlando Magic scored their biggest win of the season over the Los Angeles Lakers in mid-January. Zach Oliver of Orlando Pinstriped Post joined a live stream re-watch of the game to talk about the Magic then and now.
Locked On Magic 04.02.20: Mailbag goes looking ...
We open up the mailbag to answer your questions about Markelle Fultz and the Orlando Magic's future stars.
Locked On Magic 04.01.20: Dwight Howard lost hi...
Dwight Howard's career was a tragedy as expectation and criticism turned the impressionable young center away from what made him special.
Locked On Magic 03.31.20: Shooting toward the D...
The NBA Draft starts to come into focus as we wait for the hiatus to finish. Already the Magic's needs in the draft are clear.
Locked On Magic 03.30.20: Remember the Foundations
The hiatus has given us a chance to reset some things about the Orlando Magic, including Jonathan Isaac's stellar season and the foundation Steve Clifford built.
Locked On Magic 03.26.20: Glimpses of the futur...
The Orlando Magic's delay has opened the door for one potential return and another return is waiting in the wings.
Locked On Magic 03.25.20: No Hiatus with Dante ...
The Orlando Magic were turning the corner when the hiatus took place. We chat with FOX Sports Florida's Dante Marchitelli about where the team stood and the winding road to get here.
Locked On Magic 03.24.20: Not Ready for Free Ag...
All things being equal, Orlando is a great free-agent destination. But teams and marketers don't see it that way yet.
Locked On Magic 03.23.20: Thinking about some n...
The Orlando Magic tried to give us some normalcy with game replays. And they kind of work...
Locked On Magic 03.20.20: Draft Dreaming withou...
The NCAA Tournament should have tipped off Thursday and given us a last look at the draft class. The Orlando Magic have to have a strategy that finds their type but also fills a need.
Locked On Magic 03.18.20: What is certain in a ...
The Orlando Magic face an uncertain future as they wait for the chance to step back on the court. One thing is certain though, Markelle Fultz has a place in their future.
Locked On Magic 03.17.20: Optimizing Evan Fournier
The Orlando Magic head on hiatus on a tear offensively without their best offensive player. When they return, they need to insert Evan Fournier cleanly back into the system.
Locked On Magic 03.16.20: It's going to be a while
The CDC's new guidelines recommend putting large group gatherings on hold for eight weeks. The NBA season is going to be on hold for a long time.
Locked On Magic: 03.13.20: Basketball is secondary
The Orlando Magic delivered the most important message: Basketball is secondary right now as they do their part to stem this pandemic.
Locked On Magic 03.12.20: THE NBA SEASON IS SUS...
The NBA season is on hold as the coronavirus pandemic finds its way into NBA locker rooms. The league is doing the right thing looking out for the public safety.
Locked On Magic 03.11.20: That Familiar Feeling
The Orlando Magic had another stirring comeback win over the Memphis Grizzlies. And after a 3-1 road trip, there is that familiar feeling in the air (finally).
Locked On Magic 03.10.20: In defense of D.J. Au...
D.J. Augustin came under fire in a recent mailbag so much that Nikola Vucevic publicly stood up for him. How Augustin has struggled and is finding his way through now.
Locked On Magic 03.09.20: All the pieces together
The Orlando Magic put together a complete and stunning performance, routing the Houston Rockets on the road in one of their best games of the year.
Locked On Magic 03.08.20: Health Scares
The Orlando Magic are thankful coach Steve Clifford is healthy as they look to build off Friday's win.
Locked On Magic 03.05.20: Clifford in the cross...
Steve Clifford admitted to a pretty big mistake in the Orlando Magic's loss to the Miami Heat. He has struggled as much as everyone else this season.
Locked On Magic 03.04.20: The sprint to the finish
The Orlando Magic's upcoming road trip represents the start to the final quarter of the season. And every question remaining has to do with the playoffs.
Locked On Magic 03.03.20: Lost Identity
The numbers look terrible as the Orlando Magic's defense hit rock bottom in a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Locked On Magic 03.02.20: Where to Start
The Orlando Magic lost a game thanks to some poor late-game execution and a missed layup late. But the Magic's starts are as much the focus. They have not been good.
Locked On Magic 02.29.20: This Aaron Gordon
Aaron Gordon recorded his first career triple-double and this dynamic playmaker is making a huge difference for the Orlando Magic.
Locked On Magic 02.27.20: Aaron Gordon's game i...
It is easy to get enamored with Aaron Gordon's athleticism and gravity-defying dunks. But lately his strong play is coming because he has kept his game grounded.
Locked On Magic 02.26.20: This isn't last year'...
The Orlando Magic are waiting for their run to kick in like last year. But that isn't going to happen. This isn't last year's team.
Locked On Magic 02.25.20: How the Orlando Magic...
The Orlando Magic were at rock bottom, trailing by 19 points in a game that had playoff meaning, then they found their swagger and reminded us of last year's team.
Locked On Magic 02.22.20: Defense wherefore art...
The Orlando Magic were supposed to be able to count on their defense. But it keeps letting them down.
Locked On Magic 02.21.20: The Devil is in the D...
The Orlando Magic do not see a wide gap to where they want to be this season. The rest of the way is all about the details.
Locked On Magic 02.19.20: The Rest of the Way
The Orlando Magic want to play their way into the Playoffs and the schedule will help them but trouble is still on the horizon.
Locked On Magic 02.18.20: Plenty Still to Play for
The Orlando Magic are not fighting for much this season. But getting to 7th is a goal worth fighting for in the last 27 games.
Locked On Magic 02.17.20: Who's Next for the Ma...
All-Star Weekend has come and gone for the NBA and the Orlando Magic can only ask who is next among their players to get to play on Sunday.
Locked On Magic 02.16.20: The People's Champ Again
Aaron Gordon was robbed again as a shocked United Center could not believe Aaron Gordon did not win the Dunk Contest.