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 05.28.19: Closing the book on 2...
The Orlando Magic's 2019 season was an unmitigated success. The Magic built plenty of foundations but also left plenty of questions for a big offseason.
Locked On Magic 05.24.19: Clifford and Weltman ...
The Orlando Magic laid the true foundations for their project in their surprise playoff run. Their coaching hire was a home run.
Locked On Magic 05.23.19: Nikola Vucevic demand...
Aaron Gordon is not too happy right now as the Orlando Magic continue to get snubbed during award season. Plus Nikola Vucevic had a season that demanded our attention.
Locked On Magic 05.22.19: Evan Fournier's no-go...
Evan Fournier's main role is to shoot. So while the other parts of his game growing were vital and good. His inability to shoot hurt the team and led to a bad season.
Locked On Magic 05.20.19: Draft future and past
The NBA Draft Combine is done and we look ahead to what comes next for the NBA Draft process. We also look ahead to what is next for Mohamed Bamba.
Locked On Magic 05.16.19: Aaron Gordon's time i...
Aaron Gordon did not put up the gaudy statistics of his 2018 season, but he put together a more well-rounded season that bodes well for his future.
Locked On Magic 05.15.19: The Draft Board is se...
The NBA Draft Lottery has set the board and now the offseason game is ready to play. The Orlando Magic get ready for their first move.
Locked On Magic 05.14.19: The Diamonds in the R...
Khem Birch proved once again he is a NBA player and should be in line for a comfortable contract. Count that as the first diamond in the rough the Magic have found.
Locked On Magic 05.13.19: Terrence Ross changed...
Terrence Ross endeared himself to fans by being the Orlando Magic's tough-shot maker and energy burst off the bench.
Locked On Magic 05.10.19: The Top Games of 2019
The Orlando Magic had a memorable season filled with memorable games. I talk about the top games of the season.
Locked On Magic 05.08.19: Jonathan Isaac and wh...
Jonathan Isaac got a second rookie season and began to define what kind of player he can become. It has everyone very excited.
Locked On Magic 05.07.19: Evaluating D.J. Augus...
D.J. Augustin proved a lot of doubters wrong and became the steady drumbeat for the Orlando Magic throughout the season.
Locked On Magic 05.03.19: Waiting on Mo Bamba
Mohamed Bamba was not quite the defensive ace the Orlando Magic thought. He had the rookie year that was expected, but still fell short.
Locked On Magic 05.02.19: Shooters have to shoot
The Orlando Magic are still short on shooting and got a strong season from Terrence Ross, but not from Evan Fournier.
Locked On Magic 04.30.19: Nikola Vucevic went r...
Nikola Vucevic earned his All-Star spot and was the Orlando Magic's most consistent and best player. The playoffs nearly erased all of that.
Locked On Magic 04.29.19: Everything was pretty...
The Orlando Magic had little go wrong because they achieved their biggest goal -- they restored legitimacy in the franchise. And they can thank Steve Clifford.
Locked On Magic 04.26.19: Exit Interviews
The Orlando Magic parted ways for the final time in the 2019 season, reflecting on a surprise playoff run and hungry to get back and be better.
Locked On Magic 04.25.19: The road ahead
The Orlando Magic's season is over. The summer ahead will have some big questions to answer for the team to keep building momentum.
Locked On Magic 04.24.19: The end
The Orlando Magic have been eliminated from the playoffs. The way they exited is not how we should remember them.
Locked On Magic 04.23.19: One more fight to fight
The Orlando Magic do not know how many days are left in their season now. But the end is near as they face elimination with nothing left to do but fight one more time.
Locked On Magic 04.22.19: From the bowels of th...
Kawhi Leonard did a thing and the Orlando Magic continue to struggle on offense. We discuss Game 4 from deep inside the Amway Center as the Magic are near elimination.
Locked On Magic 04.21.19: It really is a make o...
The Orlando Magic are seeking a more efficient purpose of play to break the Toronto Raptors. But this thing really comes down to making shots.
Locked On Magic 04.20.19: Slipped through their...
The Orlando Magic fought hard again and gave themselves a chance to win Game 3, but the result slipped through their fingers in a surprising way.
Locked On Magic 04.19.19: The Keys to Game 3......
The Orlando Magic return home for Game 3 and they expect a raucous crowd. The Magic will have to execute to take advantage of it.
Locked On Magic 04.18.19: What is wrong with Ni...
The Orlando Magic have gotten virtually nothing from All-Star center Nikola Vucevic during their playoff series. What have the Raptors done to slow him down?
Locked On Magic 04.17.19: Back to Reality
The Toronto Raptors were desperate to avoid a 2-0 hole and reminded the Orlando Magic just how good they can be in a Game 2 blowout win. Series on.
Locked On Magic 04.16.19: The keys to Game 2 vs...
The Orlando Magic have put Game 1 behind them. Now the focus is on Game 2 and how the team will get a 2-0 lead.
Locked On Magic 04.15.19: Prepping for Game 2 a...
The Orlando Magic are already preparing for Game 2 as they try to learn lessons from their Game 1 victory. To be sure, it will be a different challenge.
Locked On Magic 04.14.19: D.J. Augustin is the ...
The Orlando Magic went to Toronto and stole Game 1. They can thank their veteran point guard D.J. Augustin who has helped the Magic prove all the doubters wrong.
Locked On Magic 04.12.19: It's all in preparation
The Orlando Magic got down to business to begin preparing for the Toronto Raptors and their playoff series. As much as things are the same they are very different.
Locked On Magic 04.11.19: Why not us, why not n...
The Orlando Magic won to enter the playoffs and did so displaying their best trait -- their belief and adaptability as they found a way to win again.
Locked On Magic 04.10.19: Measuring playoff suc...
The Orlando Magic are in the playoffs. Now what? The crew from Orlando Pinstriped Post joins the podcast to discuss and debate what these playoffs could mean.
Locked On Magic 04.09.19: How we got here
The Orlando Magic are going to the playoffs and there is already a buzz in Orlando. I chat with Stuart Hodge to recap what got the Magic to this point.
Locked On Magic 04.08.19: THE ORLANDO MAGIC ARE...
The Orlando Magic are officially playoff bound. They clinched a spot and have found their identity, shedding six years of frustration.
Locked On Magic 04.06.19: Knocking on the door
The Orlando Magic put on a clinic in their regular season home finale and are knocking on the door of a playoff spot.
Locked On Magic 04.05.19: Easy decisions, tough...
The Orlando Magic had to make some moves to clear up their playoff roster, cutting Isaiah Briscoe to keep Michael Carter-Williams.
Locked On Magic 04.04.19: Winning is all that m...
The Orlando Magic had an odd challenge against the New York Knicks. But they found a way to win and find themselves in the driver's seat again.
Locked On Magic 04.03.19: A Playoff Look-Ahead
The Orlando Magic could very well see the Toronto Raptors again. I break down Monday's game with Locked On Raptors and discuss the playoff race.
Locked On Magic 04.02.19: This is not how we play
The Orlando Magic lost to the Toronto Raptors with a third straight poor defensive performance. This is not who the Magic are.
Locked On Magic 04.01.19: The ace in the hole
The Orlando Magic are in the playoff race and have an ace in the hole to make the playoffs. They just have to take care of business.
Locked On Magic 03.31.19: Aaron Gordon's maturity
The Orlando Magic picked up a critical win against the Indiana Pacers that showed just how much Aaron Gordon's game has matured.
Locked On Magic 03.29.19: Punch first
The Orlando Magic took the first punch again from the Detroit Pistons and never recovered, falling out of playoff position.
Locked On Magic 03.28.19: The biggest game sinc...
The Orlando Magic go from the huge game against the Miami Heat to the huge game against the Detroit Pistons.
Locked On Magic 03.27.19: Dousing the Heat
The Orlando Magic scored a major victory over the Miami Heat. We break it down with Locked on Heat.
Locked On Magic 03.26.19: Michael Carter-Willia...
Michael Carter-Williams has been a revelation during his first 10-day contract, providing the energy needed to blow out the Philadelphia 76ers.
Locked On Magic 03.25.19: The Playoffs are here
The Orlando Magic have nine games to go to make their playoff push. The playoff pressure has already arrived.
Locked On Magic 03.22.19: Home Sweet Home
The Orlando Magic have slowly established a home-court advantage at the Amway Center. It has been central to their turnaround and Playoff hopes.
Locked On Magic 03.21.19: Defense Leads the Way
The Orlando Magic dominated the New Orleans Pelicans. Their defense was again the key as it led the way to another blowout victory at home.
Locked On Magic 03.20.19: Home cooking
The Orlando Magic are in the middle of a critical homestand that will set the tone for a big road trip starting next week.
Locked On Magic 03.19.19: A bright future... A ...
The Orlando Magic are playing better and setting themselves up for a brighter future. But there are still plenty of question hanging over the team as the summer approaches.
Locked On Magic 03.18.19: Light the fire
The Orlando Magic needed to find some energy to hold off the Atlanta Hawks. New acquisition Michael Carter-Williams provided the spark.
Locked On Magic 03.15.19: Back on track for now
The Orlando Magic got the win they needed to open up a critical homestand, dispatching the Cleveland Cavaliers with little trouble.
Locked On Magic 03.14.19: Leading by more than ...
The Orlando Magic have gotten off to great starts this year. Their leaders set the tone and right now they need them more than ever.
Locked On Magic 03.13.19: Elimination Chamber
The Orlando Magic are rebounding at an elite level, but something still seems to be missing. And Jerian Grant has to step up now for the Magic.
Locked On Magic 03.12.19: Playing to the standard
The Orlando Magic need to rescue themselves and get back into the Playoff race. They can only do that by playing to their Playoff standard. There is no room for error.
Locked On Magic 03.11.19: Lacking Late-Game Poise
The Orlando Magic lost again because of poor late-game execution. They find themselves searching for poise to close these games and save their Playoff chase.
Locked On Magic 03.08.19: A chance to refocus
The Orlando Magic got a chance to refocus and reset their batteries as they begin a soft spot in the schedule. Ultimately success is up to them.
Locked On Magic 03.07.19: Lapses in consistency
The Orlando Magic have struggled since the All-Star Break and it is because their defensive consistency has dropped off.
Locked On Magic 03.06.19: Missed opportunities
The Orlando Magic sleepwalked defensively through three quarters. They still had a chance to win, but another opportunity slipped away.
Locked On Magic 03.05.19: Questions for the Fou...
The Orlando Magic are in their sprint to the finish of the season. We discuss the questions they must answer to achieve their goals.
Locked On Magic 03.04.19: Stick with T-Ross
The Orlando Magic again lost to one of the Eastern Conference's worst teams. And again it was Terrence Ross struggling to shoot that seemed to sink the Magic.
Locked On Magic 03.01.19: Believe
The Orlando Magic scored a big upset defeating the Golden State Warriors. After Tuesday's loss, this recovery leads to one major conclusion. The team is fighting together and believes they can achieve their goals.
Locked On Magic 02.28.19: The best time in Orla...
The city of Orlando has a lot to get excited about as the Orlando Magic continue their Playoff chase and a new Orlando City season begins.
Locked On Magic 02.27.19: The Narrow Path to Vi...
The Orlando Magic lost to the New York Knicks. It really happened. And because the Magic again strayed from what they must do.
Locked On Magic 02.26.19: It only gets more int...
The Orlando Magic enter the fourth quarter of the season as favorites to make the Playoffs. The intensity is only growing from here.
Locked On Magic 02.25.19: Grant-in-aid
The Orlando Magic got a big boost form Jerian Grant in Sunday's win as they found their groove again after Friday's loss.
Locked On Magic 02.22.19: Getting a bit More Ch...
Evan Fournier has had an off year there is no denying that. During the Orlando Magic's winning stretch, Fournier has started to come alive.
Locked On Magic 02.21.19: The Road Ahead
The Orlando Magic get back to work after the All-Star Break with Playoff dreams. But the road ahead is not as simple as it seems.
Locked On Magic 02.18.19: Nikola Vucevic soaks ...
Nikola Vucevic did not do much during the All-Star Game. But he still represented Orlando and the Magic well.
Locked On Magic 02.15.19: The Past, Present and...
The Orlando Magic shed their past, made the most of their present and looked ahead to a bright future entering the All-Star Break.
Locked On Magic 02.14.19: The keys behind a win...
The Orlando Magic have turned a corner and are playing their best basketball to build a season-long four-game win streak. What is behind it and the team's (relative) success?
Locked On Magic 02.13.19: A Win Streak is Just ...
The Orlando Magic are on a four-game win streak and playing their best basketball in years. But that is just a part of the long-term formula. No one is celebrating.
Locked On Magic 02.12.19: Terrence Ross, the hu...
Terrence Ross has adopted the nickname, the Human Torch, and he is living up to his Marvel moniker.
Locked On Magic 02.11.19: The Orlando Magic are...
The Orlando Magic collected two impressive blowout wins and find themselves streaking back into the Playoff race. Their buy in and trust are evident as Steve Clifford has his team playing at a high level.
Locked On Magic 02.08.19: Orlando Magic acquire...
The Orlando Magic made a big move at the trade deadline acquiring 2017 top overall pick Markelle Fultz.
Locked On Magic 02.07.19: Trading Days
The trade deadline is here. So we ignore tonight's game and lay down a final assessment of the Magic's trade position and who might be on the block.
Locked On Magic 02.06.19: No Mo Bamba
Mohamed Bamba is out indefinitely with a leg injury and the Orlando Magic have a replacement ready. They just need to get it all together.
Locked On Magic 02.05.19: The tension of presen...
The season has not brought much clarity for what the Orlando Magic should do entering the trade deadline as they try to develop for their future while making the most of the present.
Locked On Magic 02.04.19: Where the Orlando Mag...
The Orlando Magic enter trade deadline week still clinging to Playoff hopes, with an expiring NBA All-Star's contract and a whole lot of questions.
Locked On Magic 02.01.19: Hey now, you're an Al...
Nikola Vucevic is officially a NBA All-Star, named as a reserve. Making it even better? The team got a win over the Indiana Pacers.
Locked On Magic 01.31.19: One week and so many ...
The Orlando Magic have one week to go before the trade deadline and so many decisions to make about their future and key players on the roster.
Locked On Magic 01.30.19: The Last Stand is lon...
Orlando Magic coach Steve Clifford publicly reprimanded his team following a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, a sign the team's last stand is here.
Locked On Magic 01.29.19: The close game conundrum
The Orlando Magic have found themselves in far too many close games. And lately find themselves losing far too many of them.
Locked On Magic 01.28.19: They are who we thoug...
The Orlando Magic raised expectations for a time with the Playoffs in range. The disappointing realization is they are who we originally thought they were.
Locked On Magic 01.25.19: Trade Deadline is Com...
The trade deadline is two weeks away and the Orlando Magic are in a strange position. Keith Smith of Yahoo! Sports tries to sort it out for us.
Locked On Magic 01.24.19: The Orlando Magic's c...
The Orlando Magic lost a heartbreaker to the Brooklyn Nets as their problems throughout the game are getting amplified late as they fade from the Playoff race.
Locked On Magic 01.23.19: The Next Seven Games
The Orlando Magic's next seven games will take them to the trade deadline and pretty much determine their fate.
Locked On Magic 01.22.19: Professional Wins and...
The Orlando Magic had a solid win over the Atlanta Hawks with a strong defensive effort in the second half. But they know they are playing to a Playoff standard and there is no hiding it.
Locked On Magic 01.21.19: Every game is a Game 7
A pair of weekend losses has raised some new alarm bell for the Orlando Magic's fledgling Playoff hopes. None more so than from Nikola Vucevic who says it is now or never.
Locked On Magic 01.18.19: Midseason Mailbag
We have reached the midpoint of the season and still have plenty of questions to get to in this year's midseason mailbag.
Locked On Magic 01.17.19: Can't rely on the off...
The Orlando Magic had one of their best offensive games of the year. . . in a loss. The game with its inconsistent defense proved the Magic must build themselves on defense if they want to win.
Locked On Magic 01.16.19: Mo Bamba and the Cent...
The central tension for the Orlando Magic is coming to be represented in Mo Bamba. His development is clearly important, but his impact on winning is unclear as the Playoff fight continues.
Locked On Magic 01.15.19: The cost of doing bus...
The Orlando Magic are at the center of several big trade rumors as the deadline creeps closer. What we are learning is what a potential deal looks like and where the Magic might target improvements.
Locked On Magic 01.14.19: Weekend 180 and the O...
The Orlando Magic seemed at the lowest point of the season. One weekend and two wins later, the Magic are confident and surging again.
Locked On Magic 01.11.19: Magic at the Midpoint
The Orlando Magic have something to play for at the midpoint of the season. But big questions loom in the next quarter of the season.
Locked On Magic 01.10.19: So good and so bad......
The Orlando Magic had things rolling and then they fell apart quickly in Utah. At the midpoint of the season, the Magic are at a clear turning point.
Locked On Magic 01.09.19: Jonathan Isaac and wh...
The Orlando Magic find themselves in a rut, but it is clearly not on the starting lineup. But if there is one change to make it is Jonathan Isaac.
Locked On Magic 01.08.19: Questions without ans...
The Orlando Magic again could not find an offensive rhythm and their defense failed them again. This losing streak is raising some uncomfortable questions about this team.
Locked On Magic 01.07.19: The moment to decide
The Orlando Magic lost two games where they led by double-digits in the first half. As the season's midpoint nears, the Magic have a decision to make on what team they want to be.
Locked On Magic 01.04.19: #VoteForVucevic
Nikola Vucevic is not feeling the love in the first returns of All-Star balloting. But his numbers suggest he is certainly an All-Star.