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 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.
Locked On Magic 01.03.19: Free Mo Bamba
Mohamed Bamba has struggled in his rookie year some. It was always going to be a learning curve. The Magic may finally be encouraging him to let loose.
Locked On Magic 01.02.19: Mr. D.J., keep on pla...
As the trade deadline inches closer, the focus on a new point guard will get louder. For this team in this place, D.J. Augustin has been more than serviceable.
Locked On Magic 01.01.19: Orlando's New Year's ...
The Orlando Magic find themselves in the middle of the Playoff race at the New Year. They will need to fulfill one resolution to get over the hump.
Locked On Magic 12.31.18: The Best Version of A...
Aaron Gordon has not increased his scoring as many thought he would. But the Orlando Magic are still getting a better version of him as he becomes an all-around player.
Locked On Magic 12.28.18: The long and winding ...
The Orlando Magic are looking to be a .500 team sneaking into the Playoffs. That road is not a straight line at all.
Locked On Magic 12.27.18: Thin margins and dice...
The Orlando Magic knew they had a small margin for error. Their poor depth and bench is hurting them now more than ever.
Locked On Magic 12.24.18: All I want for Christ...
The Orlando Magic's offense has disappeared as the team has gone 0-3 during a critical stretch of the schedule.
Locked On Magic 12.21.18: The young trade market
The NBA world is in Las Vegas for the G-League Showcase and it has led to the first trickle of rumors as teams begin to ponder what they will do in February.
Locked On Magic 12.20.18: The future is not now
The Orlando Magic started Mohamed Bamba with Nikola Vucevic out of the lineup and got a reminder of how far their future still is.
Locked On Magic 12.19.18: On Winning Ugly
The Orlando Magic have learned how to win "ugly" games. But this is more than just a passing skill. This signals they are developing the good habits to build a true identity.
Locked On Magic 12.18.18: The quiet evolution o...
Aaron Gordon has not put up the All-Star numbers everyone expected. But his game has grown and been vital to the Orlando Magic.
Locked On Magic 12.17.18: What we've learned so...
The Orlando Magic have completed one of the roughest stretches of their schedule. So what have we learned about this team so far?
Locked On Magic 12.14.18: Wins are wins
It wasn't pretty. But Nikola Vucevic bailed the Orlando Magic in a sloppy game that ended up the way it needed to go -- a win.
Locked On Magic 12.13.18: The trade winds are c...
The Orlando Magic are preparing for a critical stretch of their season as the trade market fully opens and an uncertain trade strategy develops.
Locked On Magic 12.12.18: The Education of Moha...
Mohamed Bamba has not quite provided the defensive impact everyone expected. Is this just him growing as a rookie or something more serious.
Locked On Magic 12.11.18: All the things you sh...
The Orlando Magic once again did everything they cannot do if they want to win games. Another blowout loss should have the team doing some soul searching before their next game.
Locked On Magic 12.10.18: Ghosts of Magic Past
The Orlando Magic's blowout loss to the Indiana Pacers reminds the team how fragile their success still is.
Locked On Magic 12.06.18: Frustration boils ove...
The Orlando Magic let frustration get the better of them as calls against kept going against them. But it was their own execution that cost them in the end.
Locked On Magic 12.05.18: They forgot about AG
Aaron Gordon showed up and made sure the Miami Heat remembered him as the defense helped push the team to a win.
Locked On Magic 12.04.18: Taking steps... still...
The Orlando Magic can look back at their season so far and point to the progress and steps they have taken. But they also clearly see how much more work they have left to do.
Locked On Magic 12.03.18: The First Quarter MVP...
The Orlando Magic had a surprising run to the first quarter. It was exemplified in its MVP. But so many questions still remain to maintain the success.
Locked On Magic 11.30.18: The First Quarter Rev...
The Orlando Magic are past the quarter pole and are finding some strong performances and some confusing ones.
Locked On Magic 11.29.18: Not Tough Enough
The Orlando Magic again lost a lead and squandered an opportunity to beat a good Portland team. But it was what coach Steve Clifford said that shows how much things have changed and how much work is left to do.
Locked On Magic 11.28.18: The First Quarter Rev...
The Orlando Magic are a quarter of the way through their season. We begin to assess the first 20 games and what comes next.
Locked On Magic 11.27.18: Impact without scorin...
Aaron Gordon made an impact with his absence. The Orlando Magic missed his defense as Kevin Durant went nuts in the fourth quarter to give the Golden State Warriors a win.
Locked On Magic 11.26.18: Resilient wins and li...
The Orlando Magic were impressive once again in defeating the Los Angeles Lakers. But it was a lineup change that helped spark the victory. And it might be something permanent coming down the road.
Locked On Magic 11.23.18: Mo Bamba at the quart...
Mohamed Bamba has gotten plenty of attention and fans want to see more of him. But the Orlando Magic know patience is still required.
Locked On Magic 11.21.18: BIG things coming... ...
The Orlando Magic finally debuted their BIG lineup and saw their defense come tot he fore to push the Toronto Raptors. But it was still a loss that showed a lot of work to do.
Locked On Magic 11.20.18: Nikola Vucevic gets a...
Nikola Vucevic got some kudos for his stellar season so far winning the Eastern Conference's Player of the Week Award.
Locked On Magic 11.19.18: A long wait for Jonat...
Jonathan Isaac had himself a week where he made sure Orlando Magic fans remembered how important and fun he can be.
Locked On Magic 11.16.18: The road ahead
The Orlando Magic continue their homestand this week and it will be a vital part of the season as a difficult road lays ahead for the team.
Locked On Magic 11.15.18: Don't call it a comeb...
The Orlando Magic surprised the Philadelphia 76ers during Jimmy Butler's debut winning in the final seconds thanks.
Locked On Magic 11.14.18: Reviewing where we're at
The Orlando Magic prepare to open up the most difficult stretch of their schedule. So I take the time to review where we are at with this team.
Locked On Magic 11.13.18: Keeping the rhythm
The Orlando Magic were not able to execute down the stretch and faded away in Washington. Their poor bench play again was part of the reason why.
Locked On Magic 11.12.18: One year later, 12 ga...
The Orlando Magic dominated the New York Knicks. It is a strange place for the team as they round the same mark their season collapsed last year.
Locked On Magic 11.09.18: Who steps up to the c...
Coach Steve Clifford challenged the Orlando Magic after Wednesday's loss. Now the question is who steps up to the call?
Locked On Magic 11.08.18: Losses are not accept...
Coach Steve Clifford had harsh words for his team, publicly rebuking them for giving up a winnable game as he tries to change the standard for his team.
Locked On Magic 11.06.18: The other side of an ...
The Orlando Magic made an improbable comeback of their own showing a confident team ready to fight and stealing a win when maybe they shouldn't.
Locked On Magic 11.05.18: Is this the foundatio...
The Orlando Magic scored a big win Sunday in response to a bad performance Friday. Is this how the Magic establish their culture?
Locked On Magic 11.02.18: Bench energy... Bench...
The Orlando Magic's bench has statistically played well and done exactly what they need to -- bringing energy to the team.
Locked On Magic 11.01.18: Where in the world is...
Evan Fournier was always a reliable shooter. To start the season, he has struggled like never before. Those struggles have hurt a team hungry for offense.
Locked On Magic 10.31.18: Make or Miss (mostly ...
The Orlando Magic were able to get their defense right against the Sacramento Kings. But their horrid offense prevented them from getting a win.
Locked On Magic 10.30.18: Offense, not as bad a...
The Orlando Magic offense is statistically abysmal, as expected. But there is something hidden in there. The team can and should be a lot better.
Locked On Magic 10.29.18: Looking for leadership
The Orlando Magic are struggling to find consistency as the season starts. Their leaders must set the tone at this early stage.
Locked On Magic 10.26.18: It's all in the details
The Orlando Magic looked flat-footed and a bit disengaged in a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers as Damian Lillard ran right past them.
Locked On Magic 10.25.18: Jonathan Isaac is the...
Jonathan Isaac has gotten to a bit of an uneven start. But his strong game Monday shows why he is so important to the Magic, in whatever form he is ready to take.
Locked On Magic 10.24.18: Mailbag, revisited
I asked for your mailbag questions and you delivered, showing a lot of curiosity in the B-I-G things coming for the Orlando Magic.
Locked On Magic 10.23.18: Get used to the defense
The Orlando Magic displayed their defensive prowess in upsetting the Boston Celtics on the road and returning to .500.
Locked On Magic 10.22.18: So close... is not go...
The Orlando Magic had what might be termed a good performance in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. But Steve Clifford is clearly trying to set a new standard.
Locked On Magic 10.19.18: What's different abou...
The Orlando Magic have heard the promise of new coaches before. So what is going to be different about Steve Clifford? Already it seems like a lot.
Locked On Magic 10.18.18: A little bit of Aaron...
The Orlando Magic opened their season with a strong performance that previews what the team ultimately wants to become. Even if the end was extremely nervy.
Locked On Magic 10.17.18: The BIG Day is here!
The big day is here! The Orlando Magic open their season against the Miami Heat tonight! I preview the game and discuss the early part of the season.
Locked On Magic 10.16.18: The Eastern Conferenc...
With the NBA season starting today, I preview the Eastern Conference and where the Orlando Magic fit in.
Locked On Magic 10.15.18: The Western Conferenc...
The NBA season is finally here! Well, almost. As we get set for the first slate of games and the season to begin, I preview the Western Conference.
Locked On Magic 10.11.18: Jonathan Isaac makes ...
Jonathan Isaac returned from injury and suddenly the Orlando Magic looked ready for the regular season, routing the Memphis Grizzlies.
Locked On Magic 10.10.18: The next steps for Aa...
Aaron Gordon is set to take another step this year and is playing well in the preseason. What will he do in the regular season now?
Locked On Magic 10.09.18: Feeling the Heat
The Orlando Magic are starting to feel the pressure as they try to round into form. The loss to the Miami Heat raised some discouraging signs even with some time to correct.
Locked On Magic 10.08.18: Paving your own way
The Orlando Magic are trying to pave their own way as Steve Clifford takes over and the team tries to build itself from the bottom.
Locked On Magic 10.05.18: The Eastern Conferenc...
The Orlando Magic season is quickly approaching and we dive into expectations for the year and the Eastern Conference landscape with Orlando Pinstriped Post's Zach Oliver.
Locked On Magic 10.04.18: Same old, same old Ni...
Nikola Vucevic has been one of the most reliable options for the Orlando Magic for a long time. But it seems his days are numbered as the team prepares to turn a new page.
Locked On Magic 10.02.18: Just getting started...
The Orlando Magic played their first exhibition game. There was plenty to like and plenty to dislike. And resist the temptation to draw conclusions.
Locked On Magic 10.01.18: The first rehearsal
The Orlando Magic are preparing for their first preseason game and the expectations are... well... low. And they should be. It's the first preseason game.
Locked On Magic 09.28.18: Questions for preseason
Training camp is in full swing and the preseason is in full view. The Orlando Magic have some big questions to sort out as the games start to begin.
Locked ON Magic 09.27.18: The Terrence Ross Ret...
Terrence Ross is set to come back from a major leg injury that cost him 50-plus games last season. What state is he in heading into camp?
Locked On Magic 09.26.18: First Day of Camp
The Orlando Magic completed their first day of camp and are laying the foundations for their team. It takes a lot of detail and a lot of work.
Locked On Magic 09.25.18: It's Media Day!
The Orlando Magic held their Media Day and are ready to get going for the 2019 season. And optimism abounds as they prepare.
Locked On Magic 09.24.18: All about Mo' (and Me...
Mohamed Bamba figures to be a key piece for the Orlando Magic moving forward. But his development his rookie year may be slow.
Locked On Magic 09.21.18: Jonathan Isaac, the p...
Jonathan Isaac had a false start his rookie year. But he still showed plenty to get excited about for his second year.
Locked On Magic 09.20.18: Evan Fournier should ...
Evan Fournier is easy to forget amid the excitement for the Orlando Magic's new wave of young players. But Fournier is still valuable for the team and someone they can count on.
Locked On Magic 09.19.18: Swing through the Sou...
The Southeast Division seems like it is in turmoil after this summer. Each team is facing some serious issues heading into 2019.
Locked On Magic 09.18.18: Questions for young p...
The Orlando Magic added Jarell Martin and Isaiah Briscoe. Both players trying to find their place in the league who might get that opportunity in Orlando.
Locked On Magic 09.17.18: Aaron Gordon due for ...
Aaron Gordon had a breakthrough season last year. Now he has to show he is ready to take the next step.
Locked On Magic 09.14.18: It's not D.J. Augusti...
D.J. Augustin will surely get some of the blame for the Magic's poor point guard situation. It isn't him you are angry at. And Augustin still provides a calming presence for a young team.