Philip Rossman-Reich of Orlando Magic Daily analyzes the Orlando Magic every day on Locked On Magic. Get your daily Magic fix from the highs of chasing the Finals with Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway to the lows of the Dwight-mare and rebuild. Everything Orlando Magic is covered on Locked On Magic every day on the Locked On Podcast Network.
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.
Locked On Magic 02.13.20: This isn't last year ...
The Orlando Magic got an important overtime win over the Detroit Pistons. But it should be clear this isn't last year's team and it may not ever reach that level.
Locked On Magic 02.11.20: Amazing what shooting...
The Orlando Magic hit shots. Amazing what that can do for a team. A season-high 18 3-pointers helped the Magic top the Atlanta Hawks for a needed win.
Locked On Magic 02.10.20: Leadership in action
The Orlando Magic had a solid game plan, but their best players struggled to execute giving them no chance against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Locked On Magic 02.07.20: No one to blame but t...
The Orlando Magic are past the trade deadline. And there is no one to rely on -- or blame -- but themselves as they make the most of this season.
Locked On Magic 02.06.20: The National Perspective
The Orlando Magic made their lone scheduled national TV appearance and acquitted themselves well. But their fatal flaw was painfully obvious.
Locked On Magic 02.05.20: Everything is the fut...
The Orlando Magic enter the trade deadline with big questions about their team's future. And now is the time to begin asking and answering them.
Locked On Magic 02.04.20: A Full Season of Mark...
Markelle Fultz passed an important milestone, playing his 82nd career game. With a full season under his belt, Fultz is just getting started.
Locked On Magic 02.03.20: The future is coming ...
The Orlando Magic continue to struggle and with the trade deadline this week, big decisions are clearly on the horizon.
Locked On Magic 01.31.20: A soft reset and some...
The Orlando Magic got a bit of a soft reset as they got back to practice Thursday with eyes on a run to get to the All-Star Break.
Locked On Magic 01.30.20: Questions to ask a we...
We have entered the third-quarter of the season and the trade deadline is a week away. Several questions will come to a head.
Locked On Magic 01.28.20: Orlando Magic face id...
The Orlando Magic fell to the Miami Heat to reach their mini-break. With their defense in shambles and the playoff race getting tighter, they are seemingly in an identity crisis.
Locked On Magic 01.27.20: Kobe reminded us to r...
The Orlando Magic's game seemed secondary as news hit that Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter accident. I reflect on his legacy and the lessons he taught us on the basketball court.
Locked On Magic 01.25.20: The same old story
The Orlando Magic fell to the Boston Celtics in an oddly familiar fashion -- a star beat them and their defense collapsed.
Locked On Magic 01.23.20: Vooch's All-Star Down...
The Orlando Magic faltered against the Oklahoma City Thunder thanks to poor defense and poor execution late. Their All-Star's downturn is getting felt.
Locked On Magic 01.22.20: Where the Magic stand...
The Orlando Magic have passed the midpoint of their season. It feels like a disappointment and the team could do more. But it is also a season that has shown exactly what it needed to.
Locked On Magic 01.21.20: A Perfectly Even Road...
The Orlando Magic came home from their wacky road trip an even 3-3. A nice win over the Charlotte Hornets revealed some of the flaws of this team and its strengths.
Locked On Magic 01.20.20: Questions of leadership
Another puzzling loss after a lethargic effort had the Orlando Magic challenging their leaders. It is clear they need to step up.
Locked On Magic 01.17.20: End of the road, end ...
The Orlando magic ran out of gas against the LA Clippers as another injury raises questions about their depth.
Locked On Magic 01.16.20: Aaron Gordon takes fl...
The Orlando Magic were undermanned and found a way to upset the Los Angeles Lakers on the road.
Locked On Magic 01.15.20: Two Truths and a Trad...
The Orlando Magic near the midpoint of the season and the trade deadline (in three weeks) facing two truths and an uncertain future.
Locked On Magic 01.14.20: Surviving Late-Game P...
The Orlando Magic nearly lost another late lead but were saved on Aaron Gordon's buzzer beater. Where has the team's late-game poise gone?
Locked On Magic 01.13.20: A star, but not an Al...
Nikola Vucevic is starting to turn a corner and play at a higher level. He may not be an All-Star, but he is still the team's star.
Locked On Magic 01.11.20: Shooting Stars
The Orlando Magic rallied and fought to take a lead late. But Devin Booker's star power set the Magic's chances to defeat the Phoenix Suns.
Locked On Magic 01.10.20: Injury and Playoff Up...
The Orlando Magic updated the injury status of several players and the playoff picture is getting clearer at the season's midpoint.
Locked On Magic 01.09.20: Back to Defense, Elit...
The Orlando Magic are back to playing elite-level defense. Just in time before a big road trip.
Locked On Magic 01.07.20: Fultz Impact
Markelle Fultz had a career-high 25 points and carried the Orlando Magic to a big win.
Locked On Magic 01.05.20: Finding their way, gi...
The Orlando Magic are still trying to find their way after Jonathan Isaac's injury. But they have to give their lineup experiments time to get a rhythm.
Locked On Magic 01.04.20: The defense is warmin...
The Orlando Magic's defense has started to show signs of life. A dominant fourth quarter put the Miami Heat away and continued an encouraging defensive trend.
Locked On Magic 01.03.20: In the absence of Jon...
The Orlando Magic learned they will be without Jonathan Isaac for the next eight weeks. The goal then is to survive and stay in the race.
Locked On Magic 01.02.20: Resiliency
The Orlando Magic faced a test of their resolve following Monday's loss. They passed it and passed another after Jonathan Isaac's injury.
Locked On Magic 12.31.19: No excuses for this one
The Orlando Magic were flat offensively and eventually their defense followed in a disheartening loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
Locked On Magic 12.29.19: The coin flip bench
The Orlando Magic's bench has been a coin flip this season as injuries ravage the team and Steve Clifford sticks to his plans.
Locked On Magic 12.28.19: Cracks in the buildin...
The Orlando Magic got their resume win in defeating the Philadelphia 76ers. Yet it feels hollow after a near-collapse late.
Locked On Magic 12.27.19: Building a resume win
The Orlando Magic are struggling against teams with winning records as they look to build their resume and solidify their playoff position.
Locked On Magic 12.26.19: Storm clouds on the h...
The Orlando Magic find themselves clinging to a playoff spot at Christmas. But storm clouds on the horizon preview a lot of tough decisions ahead in this playoff battle.
Locked On Magic 12.24.19: Back to defense
The Orlando Magic bounced back with a strong defensive effort to defeat the Chicago Bulls, returning to the defense they need.
Locked On Magic 12.21.19: It's about more than ...
The Orlando Magic finished their road trip with a thud, losing to the Portland Trail Blazers and leaving major questions about their offense.
Locked On Magic 12.20.19: Searching for the Rhythm
The Orlando Magic are struggling to get through the road trip as they face the Portland Trail Blazers. The big thing they are looking for is more solidity on defense and Aaron Gordon's rhythm.
Locked On Magic 12.19.19: This is not the way
The Orlando Magic lost another lead and a game they should have won showing a team that is still reinforcing the lessons from last year.
Locked On Magic 12.18.19: Gravity and Anti-Gravity
The Orlando Magic raced ahead to take the lead. Then Donovan Mitchell took over and showed the Orlando Magic the big thing they don't have.
Locked On Magic 12.17.19: The Trade Deadline Trap
Trading season has officially begun. While the Magic are surely struggling and behind where they thought, waiting might be the best option to make the big move that seems necessary.
Locked On Magic 12.16.19: Welcome Back Vooch!
Nikola Vucevic returned and immediately made an impact as the Orlando Magic outpaced the New Orleans Pelicans.
Locked On Magic 12.14.19: The whole defending J...
James Harden happened. His 54-point game was the whole difference as the Houston Rockets routed the Orlando Magic.
Locked On Magic 12.12.19: Not good enough
The Orlando Magic erased a 24-point deficit to make it a game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Digging that hole is the problem for this team.
Locked On Magic 12.10.19: It's all in the details
The Orlando Magic are still trying to get all the details right to defeat the elite teams in the league. Their biggest help on those details might still be a week away.
Locked On Magic 12.09.19: First Quarter Review
The Orlando Magic completed their first quarter behind where everyone thought they would be. Now they have to rediscover who they are.
Locked On Magic 12.07.19: Chasing the Playoff M...
The Orlando Magic are seemingly chasing last year's feeling of success and seeking that playoff mentality. Slowly it is building.
Locked On Magic 12.05.19: Aaron Gordon, the bar...
Aaron Gordon is often the barometer for the team's ball movement and offense. They had him working better than ever in the Magic's win over the Suns.
Locked On Magic 12.04.19: Markelle Fultz at home
Markelle Fultz returned to his hometown and had a career night to help the Orlando Magic get a win. He has found his home again on the court.
Locked On Magic 12.03.19: Al-Farouq Aminu's Abs...
His shooting may have gone sideways this year, but the Orlando Magic undoubtedly are missing Al-Farouq Aminu.
Locked On Magic 12.02.19: What is offense?
The Orlando Magic continue to struggle offensively and it is getting harder to figure out what they are trying to do.
Locked On Magic 11.28.19: HAPPY THANKSGIVING! M...
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! The Orlando Magic closed out their road trip Wednesday with a professional win over the Cleveland Cavaliers where Mo Bamba finally showed tangible signs of his progress.
Locked On Magic 11.27.19: A little good news, j...
The Orlando Magic are still reeling from injuries and searching for a road win. But they got some good news on the injury front. Even if it is just a little.
Locked On Magic 11.26.19: Outside the comfort zone
The Orlando Magic struggled to find their offensive footing in a loss to the Detroit Pistons. No one is more out of his element than Jonathan Isaac.
Locked On Magic 11.25.19: Rely on your identity
The Orlando Magic put in a spirited fight in their loss to the Indiana Pacers. Without key players, they will have to rely on their identity even more.
Locked On Magic 11.23.19: Back to Square One
The Orlando Magic will try to piece together their center rotation and their way to play in their first game without Nikola Vucevic.
Locked On Magic 11.22.19: Hold the ship steady
The Orlando Magic got the bad news on Nikola Vucevic. He is out at least a week and probably more -- maybe a whole lot more -- as the team now has to hold itself steady without him.