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.
The Orlando Magic made a minor move at the trade deadline in dealing Elfrid Payton. What does that tell us about their plans and where they go next?
Locked On Magic 02.13.18: Foundations of winning
The Orlando Magic have been on a nice win streak of late. But the scars of their losing continue to show up.
Locked On Magic 02.12.18: Picking up the pieces
The Orlando Magic have moved on at the trade deadline. What is left for the team and how do they move forward?
Locked On Magic 02.09.18: A new hair-a
The Orlando Magic traded Elfrid Payton and their reconstruction is now just beginning.
Locked On Magic 02.08.18: Trade Deadline Day
The Orlando Magic enter the trade deadline with a bit of a pickle. The team does not have a ton of assets to use and face a tight trade market.
Locked On Magic 02.07.18: A matter of trust... ...
The Orlando Magic completed an incredible comeback against the Cleveland Cavaliers to win their second straight game.
Locked On Magic 02.06.18: Always in Rhythm
Mario Hezonja's confidence is back. And it was on full display in a win over the Miami Heat.
Locked On Magic 02.05.18: Looking ahead to the ...
The trade deadline is quickly coming into focus as Thursday approaches. I look ahead to what the Magic might do at the deadline, why they might wait and what deals seem to have a framework already.
Locked On Magic 02.02.18: Cleaning the notebook
Today, we are cleaning the notebook as I discuss Aaron Gordon's trip to the dunk contest and Nikola Vucevic's impending return.
Locked On Magic 02.01.18: Trusting the Pass
The Orlando Magic offense is scorching right now. And it was on full display against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Locked On Magic 01.31.18: Competitive Spirit
The Orlando Magic have picked up their play lately and are at least giving themselves a chance to win every night again.
Locked On Magic 01.30.18: Jonathon Simmons' Sec...
Jonathon Simmons has seen his numbers decline as the year has gone on. He needs to find his second wind and push through fatigue.
Locked On Magic 01.29.18: Winning the rest of t...
The Orlando Magic's season has gone off the rails, so what is the point of winning? There is plenty.
Locked On Magic 01.26.18: The Victor Oladipo th...
The Orlando Magic prepare to meet again with Victor Oladipo, now a NBA All Star.
Locked On Magic 01.25.18: The keys at the deadline
The Orlando Magic are two weeks away from the trade deadline. I explain why waiting might be the right path and why the Magic hold the power these next two weeks.
Locked On Magic 01.24.18: Frank Vogel's stern m...
Frank Vogel had a stern message for his team after the game as they suffered a disappointing and deflating loss to the league-worst Sacramento Kings.
Locked On Magic 01.22.18: Green and Grit
The Orlando Magic won for the second time in three games. But this one was different. The Magic needed grit this time.
Locked On Magic 01.19.18: Foundations
The Orlando Magic nearly beat the Cleveland Cavaliers and have some echoes of their good team that has built for several games now.
Locked On Magic 01.18.18: After the fight comes...
Arron Afflalo literally fought for the Orlando Magic in Tuesday's win. He expressed his regret over the escalation. But it may have been what the team needed.
Locked On Magic 01.17.18: Finding the fight (li...
The Orlando Magic found the fight, and energy, from some different places to snap their losing streak.
Locked On Magic 01.16.18: The Moral Victory
The Orlando Magic claimed a moral victory Friday. And sure they can. But the notion is meaningless without actual improvement.
Locked On Magic 01.15.18: Midseason Review
We have passed the midpoint of the season. I recap the season that has been and what is left for the Orlando Magic in 2018.
Locked On Magic 01.12.18: Say Nice Things About...
There is a lot of negativity about the Orlando Magic. I try to find something nice to say about the team.
Locked On Magic 01.11.18: The Question for a Star
The Orlando Magic hope to groom Aaron Gordon as their next star. He learned some valuable lessons from Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Locked On Magic 01.10.18: Trash
The Orlando Magic played like trash with their coach questioning their toughness. The losses only seem to be piling up more now.
Locked On Magic 01.09.18: Trade winds are blowi...
The trade rumor mill is churning a month from the trade deadline. And the Orlando Magic might have a market to work with.
Locked On Magic 01.08.18: Midseason Mailbag
The Orlando Magic reach the midpoint of the season so I answer your questions about the team on our weekly Facebook Live.
Locked On Magic 01.05.18: Jeff Weltman's mid-se...
Jeff Weltman spoke to the Orlando Sentinel and spoke about what he has seen from the team so far and how those famous evaluations are going.
Locked On Magic 01.04.18: Make or Miss League
The Orlando Magic missed shots. The result was predictable
Locked On Magic 01.03.18: The Biz effect
The Orlando Magic have turned to Bismack Biyombo without Nikola Vucevic, and the potential of his effects are clear.
Locked On Magic 01.02.18: Late game blues
The Orlando Magic struggled for a second straight game to execute and lost a game they probably deserved to win.
Locked On Magic 01.01.18: What to watch for in ...
We are putting a forgettable 2017 behind us and looking forward to what the Orlando Magic can do in 2018.
Orlando Magic Daily Podcast Episode 80: Rock bo...
The Orlando Magic officially hit rock bottom, coming in 30th in the latest CBS Sports Power Rankings. We ask the ranker himself how we got here.
Orlando Magic Daily Podcast Episode 79: The tra...
The Orlando Magic have a very uncertain future and the trade market does not even see a clear salvation. I discuss the market with The Step Back's Andrew Bernucca.
Locked On Magic 12.27.17: Some good news and so...
The Orlando Magic got some renewed energy with Evan Fournier back in the lineup. But the result was still the same.
Locked On Magic 12.26.17: Merry Welpmas
The Orlando Magic are feeling the pain as another injury to a major player sends their season a lump of coal.
Locked On Magic 12.22.17: New Orleans Pelicans ...
The New Orleans Pelicans are heading to Orlando. I preview the game with The Bird Writes.
Locked On Magic 12.21.17: Everyone sees it... t...
The Orlando Magic did not play with the energy they needed undermanned (again). And everyone knows it.
Locked On Magic 12.20.17: Time is now
The Orlando Magic have to get going now. And as players come back, they need to get up to speed quickly to save the season.
Locked On Magic 12.19.17: Big Mo' and Mario Hez...
The Orlando Magic struggle to build momentum and that is stifling the team and their ability to find their normal. Mario Hezonja though appears to be setting a new normal as he defines his role.
Locked On Magic 12.18.17: What's wrong with the...
The Orlando Magic have had a lot of problems in the last month. Locating a problem, needs an hourlong episode.
Locked On Magic 12.15.17: The 3-pointer
The Orlando Magic promised to modernize their offense. They have not been afraid to let their 3-pointers fly, but their efficiency and quality has been impressive.
Locked On Magic 12.14.17: Bigger questions than...
The Orlando Magic lost to the LA Clippers and left themselves asking some bigger questions than they need right now.
Locked On Magic 12.13.17: Greater thans and les...
The Orlando Magic are hoping to be more full for Wednesday's game and they now face a critical juncture of their schedule.
Locked On Magic 12.12.17: Orlando Magic in space?
The Orlando Magic had an (unfortunately) easy day at practice with all their injuries. So I talk about these space uniforms supposedly coming down the pike.
Locked On Magic 12.11.17: The Nikola Vucevic co...
The Orlando Magic are facing a lot of injuries right now. Nikola Vucevic is at the center of what the team will need to do to survive.
Locked On Magic 12.08.17: Sans Fournier
The Orlando Magic will be without Evan Fournier and it is a big hole to fill...
Locked On Magic 12.07.17: Ugly is beautiful (or...
The Orlando Magic won ugly. It is important to look at the negatives and acknowledge them. But also to embrace winning this way.
Locked On Magic 12.06.17: Learning from the past
The Orlando Magic have gotten a breakout season from Aaron Gordon. But learning from his past has helped him prepare for the future.
Locked On Magic 12.05.17: Free throws are not s...
The Orlando Magic gave up a lot of free throws to the Charlotte Hornets. But their real problem is their inability to get to the foul line.
Locked On Magic 12.04.17: First Quarter Review
The first quarter of the season is done. What questions do we have for the next 20 games and who is the team MVP?
Locked On Magic 12.01.17: Missing Terrence Ross
Terrence Ross is officially out indefinitely with a knee injury. How do the Orlando Magic replace him?
Locked On Magic 11.30.17: The Will to Win
The Orlando Magic finally made the plays they needed and snapped their nine-game losing streak.
Locked On Magic 11.29.17: The going is tough
The Orlando Magic need to redevelop their trust in each other and develop some toughness to get out of this rut.
Locked On Magic 11.28.17: Cosmetic changes
The Orlando Magic made a lineup change. . . and it had only a small effect.
Locked On Magic 11.27.17: Rotation changes and ...
The Orlando Magic are on an eight-game losing streak and it is time to start thinking about changing the lineup.
Locked On Magic 11.23.17: Happy Thanksgiving......
The Orlando Magic took another loss with a frustrating, inconsistent effort against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Locked On Magic 11.22.17: Righting the ship on D
The Orlando Magic's offense has taken a lot of focus, but players want to focus on getting their defense right to get out of this rut.
Locked On Magic 11.21.17: A Normal Loss at an A...
The Orlando Magic took a loss to the Indiana Pacers thanks to poor execution and a little too much isolation ball. But in a losing streak, the loss felt bigger.
Locked On Magic 11.20.17: Differential Diagnosi...
The Orlando Magic took a hard loss to the Utah Jazz. An embarrassing loss actually. I discuss what the defeat means and answer your questions.
Locked On Magic 11.17.17: Lessons learned out West
The Orlando Magic's 1-3 West Coast trip was revealing for many reasons. What lessons will the Magic learn from it?
Locked On Magic 11.16.17: The Barometer of Motion
Evan Fournier is the barometer for the Orlando Magic's motion offense. When he falls back into bad habits, it is bad news.
Locked On Magic 11.15.17: The Simmons-Ross dilemma
Fans restless for some change have targeted Terrence Ross' spot for it. I explain why Jonathon Simmons works in his role and why Terrence Ross works in his.
Locked On Magic 11.14.17: Measuring up
The Orlando Magic got a chance to measure themselves against the Golden State Warriors. And in that loss, their flaws were revealed.
Locked On Magic 11.13.17: Let's talk about pace...
The Orlando Magic talk a lot about pace. It is not something we can measure, but what does it really mean?
Orlando Magic Daily Podcast Episode 78: Fast st...
The Orlando Magic are out to a fast start as they head out West. I sit down with Will Ogburn of Orlando Pinstriped Post to talk about the first 11 games.
Locked On Magic 11.09.17: Elfrid Payton is back
The Orlando Magic scored a win against an undermanned New York Knicks team. But the big story was how Elfrid Payton reinvigorated the Magic offense.
Locked On Magic 11.08.17: The Elfrid Connection
The Orlando Magic are still waiting for Elfrid Payton to return. I explain today why he is so important.
Locked On Magic 11.07.17: Early season trends a...
The Orlando Magic hit the 10-game mark to their season, so we check in on some key stats to find out what is real and what is not.
Locked On Magic 11.06.17: Looking for the Orlan...
The Orlando Magic have gotten out to a hot start, but have started to falter. hat is their place in the Eastern Conference now?
Locked On Magic 11.03.17: The secret ingredients
The Orlando Magic's fast start has been because of some obvious things. But also because of some consistent things built over the summer.
Locked On Magic 11.02.17: Finding a way. . .
The Orlando Magic found a way to get a win over the Memphis Grizzlies, continuing a very encouraging trend.
Locked On Magic 11.01.17: Cracks in the foundation
The Orlando Magic are playing some great basketball, but there are a few cracks to examine.
Locked On Magic 10.31.17: Depth is the difference
The Orlando Magic have gotten off to a 5-2 start and they have their depth to thank for it.
Locked On Magic 10.30.17: Big wins, little loss...
The Orlando Magic scored a big victory and appear on the right path. Now they hit the road.
Locked On Magic 10.26.17: Mario Hezonja's early...
Mario Hezonja remains a major lightning rod and flashpoint among Orlando Magic fans. Some think he is a star being held back, others are frustrated with his poor production and lack of development. Where does that leave him this year and how has he pla...
Locked On Magic 10.25.17: Aaron Gordon = Happy
Aaron Gordon had himself a night with 41 points in a 125-121 win over the Brooklyn Nets. But that feeling Gordon engenders when he plays like this? That could be the most important thing of all.
Locked On Magic 10.24.17: Moving in the right d...
The Orlando Magic have come away with two wins that followed the same theme -- they were games they probably do not win last year. That is a sign as much as anything that the team is moving in the right direction (7:15). I also look at the Magic's craz...
Locked On Magic 10.23.17: Early Season Impressions
The Orlando Magic are three games in and they have been quite a three games. On today's Facebook Live episode, I look back at the weekend set of games, including the win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, answer your questions and list my early season impre...
Locked On Magic 10.20.17: Here's what's next...
The Orlando Magic are still basking in their 1-0 start. But the schedule is unforgiving. Here come the fast-charging Brooklyn Nets (2:30). I look back at players we overlooked from Wednesday's game (10:50), comment on why winning Friday could be huge (...
Locked On Magic 10.19.17: First adversity, firs...
The Orlando Magic did not handle adversity well last season. But they came through big to defeat the Miami Heat down the stretch. I break down the game on today's episode and dream of what this all could mean.
Locked On Magic 10.18.17: The Day is Finally Here!
Opening night is finally here! I preview what to watch for in the Orlando Magic's opening night game against the Miami Heat (2:25). I also take a global view with a look at some important points in the schedule -- especially the beginning (11:05) -- an...
Locked On Magic 10.17.17: The Night Before
A few roster touchups to get to on Regular Season's Eve. The Orlando Magic did not get to an extension agreement with Aaron Gordon or Elfrid Payton, I calm you down on what that means (3:30). Orlando also added Jamel Artis and made Khem Birch the last ...
Locked On Magic 10.16.17: OMD Facebook Live NBA...
I took to Facebook Live this Sunday to officially log my predictions for the NBA season. How do I see the season shaking out? Where will the Orlando Magic finish? Who makes the Playoffs? And can anyone dethrone the Golden State Warriors?
Locked On Magic 10.13.17: Fast Starts
The Orlando Magic play their final preseason game Friday, but we are already looking ahead to the regular season. On today's show, I talk about why winning is important for the Magic this year (10:40) and why they need to get off to a fast start (17:55...
Locked On Magic 10.12.17: The post-up stretch-5...
Nikola Vucevic always seems to come with something good and a criticism to follow. On offense, Vucevic is looking to recover from last year by expanding to the 3-point line and regaining his efficiency in the post (10:30). I also (finally) discuss Trac...
Locked On Magic 10.11.17: The mirages are real?
The preseason is coming to a close after the Orlando Magic's win over the San Antonio Spurs. I wonder if the mirages of the preseason are real (14:15). I am leaning yes. I also recap the Magic's win over the Spurs (2:45) and why Elfrid Payton is great ...
Locked On Magic 10.10.17: Jonathon Simmons and ...
The Orlando Magic are certainly willing to explore and let Jonathon Simmons be Jonathon Simmons. They are looking to expand his game off the bench for now, and he is proving to them in the preseason just how good he might be (9:40). I also take a look...
Locked On Magic 10.09.17: Transition and Defense
The Orlando Magic's identity is beginning to emerge as we hit the midpoint of the preseason. On today's episode, I discuss the Magic's transition game and why it is critical for the team's offense (12:55). I also analyze where the defense is at (22:50)...
As we parse through the preseason predictions and what the national experts think of the Orlando Magic, something is clear. The Magic get no respect. This may seem unimportant, but it has major consequences. On today's episode, I explore those conseque...
Locked On Magic 10.05.17: On to the next
The Orlando Magic prep for their second preseason game against the Dallas Mavericks and their preseason home opener Thursday. I look at what the Magic did well in Monday's game and what they hope to build on and improve for Thursday (5:50). I also prev...
Locked On Magic 10.04.17: For the fans
The Orlando Magic had their annual open practice Tuesday. And like them, I think the fans were eager to see their Magic team play live (2:50). I also discuss how the Magic need to get better use from the 3-point line (11:45) and why Frank Vogel's secon...
Locked On Magic 10.03.17: Games sound familiar
The Orlando Magic are off and running, playing their first game of the preseason. I break down the 92-84 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies and what the big takeaways are from the preseason opener (1:45). I then discuss the already apparent effects of famil...
Locked On Magic 10.02.17: The first game is here!
Training camp officially ended Friday and the first game is upon us. As the Orlando Magic prepare for their game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday (15:00), I discuss what the Magic built in training camp (1:30) and what they hope to get out of th...