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 08.30.18: The day the 2009 Fina...
Game 4 of the 2009 Finals is a game that gets debated endless and is full of regret. It sped up the inevitable defeat in that series.
Locked On Magic 08.28.18: The end of the bench
It is time to look at a few young players who will be fighting for playing time this year. What do Melvin Frazier and Isaiah Briscoe bring to the table?
Locked On Magic 08.27.18: The Most Popular Play...
It is time to review the results of our Orlando Magic Daily ranking of the most popular players in team history.
Locked On Magic 08.23.18: Mo Patience with Mo ...
Mohamed Bamba has captured a lot of excitement for Orlando Magic fans. But his rookie year will likely require some patience.
Locked On Magic 08.22.18: Looking back, looking...
Where do the 2018 Orlando Magic rank in Magic history? And what will make the 2019 Magic team successful? We look back and ahead.
Locked On Magic 08.17.18: The Eastern Conferenc...
The Orlando Magic are going to entertain the Playoffs nominally. So what does the Eastern Conference look like? And where do the Magic fall as we tier the teams?
Locked On Magic 08.15.18: Orlando Opportunities
The Orlando Solar Bears are getting a big boost with the Tampa Bay Lightning agreeing to be their affiliate. It feels like a good local team is all this market needs.
Locked On Magic 08.14.18: The stretches that de...
The table is set for the Orlando Magic with the 2019 season. What areas will define the season for the Magic?
Locked On Magic 08.11.18: The 2019 Schedule is ...
The Orlando Magic's 2018-19 season schedule is out. I run through the basic highlights of the schedule and what to expect as things get started.
Locked On Magic 08.10.18: For Jonathon Simmons'...
Jonathon Simmons had a career year in his first time in a defined role. Now he has to do the most difficult thing -- do it again.
Locked On Magic 08.08.18: Inside the NBA 2K Lea...
The NBA 2K League enters its final week with Magic Gaming in the driver's seat for a Playoff spot. I spoke with The Post Game's Jeff Eisenband to figure out where the league has thrived and what to expect from the Playoff push.
Locked On Magic 08.06.18: Win projections!
The first batch of win projections are out! What do they say about the expectations for the Orlando Magic's season and how should we really measure success?
Locked On Magic 08.03.18: Offseason Mailbag!
The Orlando Magic offseason is in full swing. I answered some of your questions about the direction the team will go and what the future might hold.
Locked On Magic 07.31.18: Length is the word
The Orlando Magic have put a focus on drafting and finding players with length. What effect does this actually have? We have actually seen it at work.
Locked On Magic 07.30.18: Nikola Vucevic's rema...
Mohamed Bamba will eventually become the starting center. But for now Nikola Vucevic is still the team's best option.
Locked On Magic 07.27.18: Reviewing the Depth C...
The Orlando Magic's offseason is pretty much done with a roster that is almost full. At this juncture, I review what the Magic's depth chart looks like.
Locked On Magic 07.25.18: Answering all the que...
The Orlando Magic were not able to get a lot done this offseason. But there were still a few moves made and a lot of questions left to answer.
Locked On Magic 07.24.18: A Trade, New Radio Ho...
Cleaning out the notebook this Tuesday as I recap an Orlando Magic trade, their new radio home and Magic Gaming's Playoff push.
Locked On Magic 07.23.18: Light at the end of t...
The Orlando Magic weren't able to do much this summer in free agency. Cap room is coming and could be here sooner than we think.
Locked On Magic 07.20.18: What the Orlando Magi...
The Orlando Magic were very quiet in free agency leaving a lot of things left to do to improve the team and a focus that is not on the 2019 season.
Locked On Magic 07.19.18: Jonathan Isaac's summ...
Jonathan Isaac had an impressive Summer League on both ends of the floor. His stats show there is still work to do.
Locked On Magic 07.18.18: Searching for identit...
The Orlando Magic are seeking to establish an identity and started during Summer League. But they are selling a similar story that failed before.
Locked On Magic 07.17.18: Summer League Takeaways
We put a bow on Summer League with my final takeaways from the Orlando Magic's Summer League run.
Locked On Magic 07.16.18: Summer League Review ...
The Orlando Magic are done with Summer League this year. To get a better picture of how they did, I chatted with Preston Ellis and Oleh Kosel of The Bird Calls who were both in Las Vegas taking in the action.
Locked On Magic 07.13.18: Waiting on the G-League
With the Orlando Magic sitting out Jonathan Isaac and Mohamed Bamba, the Orlando Magic's other players had a chance to shine at Summer League.
Locked On Magic 07.12.18: Aaron Gordon and avoi...
The Orlando Magic took care of free agent Aaron Gordon quickly getting a team-friendly deal in the process. that seemed to be fortunate especially considering how the restricted free agent market has played out.
Locked On Magic 07.11.18: The end of free agenc...
The Orlando Magic appear done with free agency. At least that is what Jeff Weltman says. What does that mean for the upcoming season?
Locked On Magic 07.10.18: Summer League Review
The Orlando Magic are done with preliminary play and their offense struggled in their first loss to the Phoenix Suns. I take stock with what it means on both sides of the ball.
Locked On Magic 07.09.18: Summer League & A Trade
The Orlando Magic kept busy on and off the court to start Summer League. They picked up two impressive wins and made a trade.
Locked On Magic 07.06.18: Jonathan Isaac's time
It has been a long time since we last saw Jonathan Isaac on a basketball floor. In his second Summer League, he is physically and mentally more mature. And ready to shine.
Locked On Magic 07.05.18: Isaiah Thomas in the ...
The Orlando Magic are reportedly looking to make a somewhat splashy move, talking with free agent guard Isaiah Thomas.
Locked On Magic 07.03.18: More Summer League th...
NBA Summer League is on the horizon. The team is in Las Vegas and the games start Friday. What should you be watching for when they start?
Locked On Magic 07.02.18: Aaron Gordon is back!
The Orlando Magic made their big move of the offseason bringing back Aaron Gordon on a four-year deal.
Locked On Magic 07.01.18: Free Agency is a thin...
Free agency opened up Sunday so I took to Facebook Live and reacted live to some of the contracts handed out and answered your Magic questions.
Locked On Magic 06.28.18: The situation as it is
Free agency is quickly approaching. Aaron Gordon sends signals that he would like to be done soon and Orlando has little more they can do but wait on him.
Locked On Magic 06.27.18: The questions remaining
The Orlando Magic got some things they wanted in the NBA Draft. But left plenty of questions about their team with little room to answer them.
Locked On Magic 06.26.18: Free agency and the p...
The Orlando Magic turn to free agency. They need a point guard for sure after dropping Shelvin Mack. And Aaron Gordon's free agency looms.
Locked On Magic 06.25.18: Mo Bamba No. 5
So who is Orlando Magic draft pick Mohamed Bamba? We begin to break down his game and get reaction from the Orlando Magic's draft pick.
The Orlando Magic could draft someone who can clearly play... or they could make the long-term play and go after someone who is purely potential.
Locked On Magic 06.04.18: Playing it safe with ...
Initial reactions to the Orlando Magic hiring Steve Clifford have died down. So what are the Magic left with? And what can he accomplish?
Orlando Magic Daily Podcast Episode 87: Who is ...
Orlando Magic fans are familiar with Steve Clifford from his previous time with the Magic. But who is he as a head coach? I check in with Locked on Hornets' Walker Mehl to discuss who Clifford is as a coach and what he brings to the team.
Locked On Magic 05.31.18: Steve Clifford's Clea...
The Orlando Magic finally hired a head coach, naming Steve Clifford the team's next head man. What does he bring and where are the pitfalls? And what is the clean slate in front of the Magic now?
BREAKING NEWS: Orlando Magic hire Steve Clifford
The Orlando Magic's coaching search is finally over. The team has hired Steve Clifford as its next head coach.
Locked On Magic 05.30.18: Star Search
The Orlando Magic are looking for a star with the sixth pick. That has fans focused on two players. I profile Michael Porter Jr. on today's show.
Locked On Magic 05.29.18: Memorial Day Mock Draft
It is past Memorial Day and so it is time to turn our full attention to the NBA Draft. I start the preview by going through my first mock draft.
Locked On Magic 05.25.18: Coaching Rumors and L...
Some new coaching rumors have surfaced as the Orlando Magic continue to look for a new head coach. And as the Playoffs wind down, I ponder the lessons for a rebuilding team from the Playoffs.
Locked On Magic 05.24.18: The Summer of Aaron G...
As the Orlando Magic begin to consider making some major changes to their roster, they inevitably return to one major question. What to do with Aaron Gordon. In fact, that might be the question that hangs over their entire summer.
Locked On Magic 05.23.18: A matter of faith
The Orlando Magic are embarking on a rebuild and scarred fans are skeptical of what is to come. Jeff Weltman and John Hammond deserve your benefit of the doubt.
Locked On Magic 05.21.18: The Point Guard Debat...
The Orlando Magic need a point guard and there are a few of interest in the NBA Draft. As we enter Draft month, the debate on which point guard the Magic should take will take center stage.
Locked On Magic 05.18.18: What remains
The Orlando Magic have a draft to look forward to. But that is one piece of the puzzle. As the team tries to go in a new direction, they have to examine what they have left and how to improve the roster they have.
Locked On Magic 05.17.18: Sixth is fine, I swear
The Orlando Magic ended up sixth in the NBA Draft. While that is not the best spot for the team, there are still plenty of good players for the Magic to accomplish their goals.
Locked On Magic 05.16.18: The NBA Draft Lottery...
The Orlando Magic will pick sixth in the NBA Draft after Tuesday's NBA Draft Lottery. Relive the excitement as our panel breaks down the Magic's season, the future, the importance of this pick and where the Magic go now.
Locked On Magic 05.15.18: The Lottery Process &...
The Lottery is today! So how does it work? I try to explain. And then I answer your questions in my Orlando Magic Mailbag.
Locked On Magic 05.14.18: The dominos start to ...
Coaching changes are happening all around the league with a wave of new hires and one big firing in Toronto. The Orlando Magic remain quiet as we try to figure out what direction the team will head.
Locked On Magic 05.11.18: NBA Draft Big Board, ...
The coaching search has hit a dead end (so to speak) and the NBA Draft Lottery is on the horizon. It is time to start focusing on that as I reveal my top 10 prospects for the Orlando Magic.
Locked On Magic 05.08.18: Stan Van Gundy Nostal...
Stan Van Gundy is suddenly on the market and Orlando Magic fans are feeling nostalgic and believing they should reunite with the franchise's best coach. But that may not be the best idea. And we still wait...
Locked On Magic 05.07.18: The Weltman Evaluation
We conclude our look back at the 2018 season by reviewing what Jeff Weltman got right and wrong this first season and what he has in store now that his work can really begin.
Locked On Magic 05.03.18: The first steps
The Orlando Magic's coaching search is picking up steam. They are in the interview stage. While everyone begins to back their favored candidates, it is important to remember just how important the coach is and that this is the first important step.
Locked On Magic 05.02.18: Questions and Answers...
The Orlando Magic's season is in the rearview mirror. Today we look ahead to the future, answering some of the burning questions to set up the offseason.
Locked On Magic 05.01.18: What was lost from in...
The Orlando Magic lost two important players to injury and it likely changed their season. I review the years Jonathan Isaac and Terrence Ross had this year.
Locked On Magic 04.30.18: Coaching Search Update
The Orlando Magic's coaching search has moved along slowly. But a new reported rumor shows the team is taking steps forward and coming closer to their targets.
Locked On Magic 04.27.18: Evan Fournier & Mario...
The Orlando Magic had two wing players stand out for different reasons this year. While they weren't everything fans wanted, their production was still notable.
Locked On Magic 04.25.18: The Center predicament
The Orlando Magic have invested a lot in centers on their roster. But both Nikola Vucevic and Bismack Biyombo disappointed in different ways.
Locked On Magic 04.24.18: The Point Guard Evalu...
The Orlando Magic clearly need an upgrade at point guard. But their three point guards each had strong individual seasons. So how do you evaluate them?
Locked On Magic 04.23.18: Aaron Gordon Player E...
Aaron Gordon had a breakout season for the Orlando Magic, becoming a potential star. That does not mean he is already there. Big questions remain.
Locked On Magic 04.20.18: The Unanswered Questions
The Orlando Magic season has been a week gone. Before we dive into player evaluations, what unanswered questions remain from the 2018 season heading into the offseason?
Locked On Magic 04.19.18: Postseason Q&A
You have questions, I have answers. On today's Locked On Magic, I sit down with a Stuart Hodge to answer some questions about the Orlando Magic's recently completed season as we look ahead to the offseason.
Orlando Magic Daily Podcast Episode 86: What ha...
The Orlando Magic have gone through six years in the wilderness. And while the Amway Center is more full than you would expect, fan excitement is at an all time low. I sat down with a writer from Orlando Weekly to find out where the Magic fans are.
Locked On Magic 04.17.18: Coaches new and old
The Orlando Magic's coaching rumor mill is starting to get going as the team begins its coaching search. Our player evaluations also begin as I discuss why the Orlando Magic parted ways with Frank Vogel to begin with.
Locked On Magic 04.16.18: The Day-Late NBA Play...
The Orlando Magic season is done, but the NBA season carries on. On the season finale of the OMD Facebook Live, I answer your last Magic questions and offer my humble Playoff predictions.
Locked On Magic 04.13.18: The aftermath of 2018
The Orlando Magic picked up the pieces of their season, firing Frank Vogel and looking to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. Expect some change.
Locked On Magic 04.12.18: BREAKING NEWS -- Fran...
The Orlando Magic started their offseason of change by dismissing coach Frank Vogel and moving in a new direction at head coach.
Locked On Magic 04.12.18: The end
The Orlando Magic season came to an oddly satisfying end with a gutsy and energetic win that, yes, hurt the team's Lottery odds.
Locked On Magic 04.11.18: The illusion of defense
The Orlando Magic have one game left -- and they probably need to lose it. I also break down a positive statistics that may not be all that it appears.
Locked On Magic 04.10.18: Seeking purpose... ju...
The Orlando Magic lost their fight in the second half and fell to the Milwaukee Bucks. With just one game remaining, what is left for the Orlando Magic to do?
Locked On Magic 04.09.18: Always look on the br...
The Orlando Magic's disappointing season is almost over. We go digging for some positives to close out the year on our final Facebook Live.
The Orlando Magic's season is coming to an end. The year has been a disappointment and change is coming to the roster. We begin pondering what change comes and how to correct the past's mistakes with our friends from the Orlando Magic Podcast.
Locked On Magic 04.05.18: Shot selection, win s...
The Orlando Magic's young guys again delivered a win in the end. But Aaron Gordon bounced back and showed exactly where he needs to continue working before the season ends.
Locked On Magic 04.04.18: From the G-League to ...
The Orlando Magic turned to their young players to defeat the New York Knicks and they delivered.
Locked On Magic 04.03.18: A message for the res...
As the season concludes, opinions are getting hot on the web. I want to make sure everyone understands my role and where I come from with my controversial position on tanking.
Locked On Magic 04.02.18: Worse than tanking
Is there something worse than tanking in the NBA? The way the Orlando Magic are playing right now would suggest there might be.
Locked On Magic 03.30.18: Rodney Purvis gets hi...
Rodney Purvis had to travel a long road to get to the NBA. He finally made it and another opportunity lies ahead of him.
Locked On Magic 03.29.18: Who are you, offense?
The Orlando Magic never could keep up with a Brooklyn Nets team that looked assured of what they are trying to do. So who are the Magic on offense?
Locked On Magic 03.28.18: Aaron Gordon and the ...
Orlando Magic fans have long waited for one of their young players to make the star turn. Aaron Gordon is still learning what it takes.
Locked On Magic 03.27.18: Hair today, gone at t...
Locked On Magic: Elfrid Payton made his return to the Amway Center for the first time since the trade. He reminded us all of what the Magic miss.
Locked On Magic 03.26.18: Vogel or Vo-go?
As the season winds to a close, questions about the Magic's future at coach are popping up. I examine where the Magic should head in this uncertain future.
Locked On Magic 03.23.18: Do not relent
A simple message from coach Frank Vogel in the face of another blowout defeat shows how much their culture needs to evolve.
Locked On Magic 03.22.18: Together again for th...
The Orlando Magic finally got to see Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac on the court together. And things looked as promising as we were sold.