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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Jun 25, 2019. 15 comments

Markelle Fultz Shooting Form Update: Indefinite Hiatus, But His Body-Fat Percentage Is "Very Good"

Markelle Fultz Shooting Form Update: Indefinite Hiatus, But His Body-Fat Percentage Is "Very Good"

Markelle Fultz, the former No. 1 pick banished from Philadelphia in favor of sunny and commercialized Central Florida, has had a quiet few months of rehabilitation. After Fultz finished up some shoulder work in California and crashed his new teammates’ party on the way to the playoffs, it seemed like he would maybe, possibly be on his way back toward the normalcy of being an NBA...

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Gabe Fernandez Gabe Fernandez Apr 14, 2019. 5 comments

The Raptors Were Never Going To Be Able To Stop D.J. Augustin From Becoming A Postseason Hero

The Raptors Were Never Going To Be Able To Stop D.J. Augustin From Becoming A Postseason Hero
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The Orlando Magic are an enigma. The designation has nothing to do with a complex scheme that coach Steve Clifford has put together, or an analytics heavy-approach to selecting undervalued free agents that other teams would ignore. No, the Magic are an enigma simply because it makes no sense how this collection of...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Apr 02, 2019. 17 comments

Danny Green Has Never Been This Good

Danny Green Has Never Been This Good

The Toronto Raptors have the second seed in the Eastern Conference pretty much locked up, but they’re still figuring out who they can rely on come playoff time. While Danny Green has always been a part of the team’s plans, the 31-year-old wing showed on Monday that he’s not just a complimentary piece; he can swing games all on his own.

Green started hot against the Magic on Monday, scoring 16...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Mar 20, 2019. 15 comments

Markelle Fultz Shooting Form Update: Rehabbing With Donald And Goofy

Markelle Fultz Shooting Form Update: Rehabbing With Donald And Goofy

In his introductory press conference after being traded from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Orlando Magic, way back on February 7, Markelle Fultz announced that his rehabilitation from chronic shoulder crabmeatitis would continue indefinitely in sunny California. The Magic were cool with this plan, evidently prioritizing the long view of Fultz’s development over whatever short-term gains...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Mar 06, 2019. 11 comments

Markelle Fultz Shooting Form Update: Disappearing Into The California Sunshine

Markelle Fultz Shooting Form Update: Disappearing Into The California Sunshine

Going from a No. 1 overall pick on a team with legitimate NBA Finals aspirations to one scrapping for the chance to get swept in the first round felt like just the right amount of pressure that Markelle Fultz’s flimsy shoulder could bear to hold. Unfortunately, a month after the trade that sent him from the Sixers (and Jimmy Butler’s scowls) to the Magic (and the sunshine of lowered...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Feb 15, 2019. 1 comments

Terrence Ross Committed A Dunk Murder On Willy Hernangomez

Terrence Ross Committed A Dunk Murder On Willy Hernangomez
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If there’s ever a time to go for a ridiculous dunk in traffic, a 30-point blowout is it. Even if you miss, most people have either changed the channel or are content watching the basketball equivalent of an NPR talk show: background noise that don’t mean much of anything. But last night the Magic’s Terrence Ross woke...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Feb 08, 2019. 14 comments

Markelle Fultz Shooting Form Update: In Peace

Markelle Fultz Shooting Form Update: In Peace

Honestly, yes, let this poor soul go figure out his whole deal someplace warm, somewhere nobody’s watching the basketball, where there are no point guards and no Jimmy Butlers.

That’s a pathetic return for a first-overall pick in the abstract, but a respectable haul for this particular tortured one.

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Feb 06, 2019. 10 comments

Report: Less Bamba

Report: Less Bamba

Mo Bamba, who went sixth in the 2018 NBA draft, was having a perfectly cromulent rookie season for the Magic: 6.2 points, 5.0 boards, and 1.4 blocks in 16 minutes a game. It was easy to forget about the big man given all the exciting tots from that lottery, and it was easy to lose sight of him amid the forest of 6-foot-10ish dudes that is Orlando’s roster. It appears there will be less Bamba...

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Patrick Redford Patrick Redford Jan 09, 2019. 9 comments

De'Aaron Fox Dunks On Nikola Vucevic, Gives Him A Rude But Sensible Warning

De'Aaron Fox Dunks On Nikola Vucevic, Gives Him A Rude But Sensible Warning

De’Aaron Fox scored the bulk of his team-leading 20 points against the Magic Monday night by simply grabbing the ball away from his man and running down to his hoop for layups on the break. He does this all the time , and his considerable athletic advantage over D.J. Augustin was such that he didn’t really need to do much else besides run hard to secure the blowout. In the third quarter, he...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Dec 28, 2018. 8 comments

Let Us Enjoy A Nightmarishly On-Brand Overtime Period Between The Lowly Suns And The Dreary Magic

Let Us Enjoy A Nightmarishly On-Brand Overtime Period Between The Lowly Suns And The Dreary Magic
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The Suns and Magic played an overtime game Wednesday night. Of course you didn’t notice, because you—whoever you are, even if you are literally the head coach of one of these two teams—had something to do that was much better than watching two teams with a combined 22–44 record this season, and a whopping zero...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Nov 30, 2018. 7 comments

A Suddenly Well-Rounded Nikola Vucevic Could Help You Win

A Suddenly Well-Rounded Nikola Vucevic Could Help You Win

Many otherwise curious basketball fans might be guilty of ignoring the 10-12 Magic. Maybe because they are regular people just hoping to get through the day’s tasks without staring at an infinite procession of 6-foot-10-ish dudes scuttling across the hardwood in search of a jump shot. But if you are one such fan, you’ve been missing out on one of the minor miracles of the NBA season, a...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Nov 27, 2018. 9 comments

Dammit, Durant

Dammit, Durant

Stephen Curry has missed the last 10 Warriors games with a groin injury. Draymond Green has missed nine of the last 11 Warriors games. The Warriors have looked mostly like crap over that stretch, with losses at home to the Bucks and Thunder, and road losses in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and to the Clippers. I don’t mind saying, it’s been great!

Among other things, stretches like these allow...

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Kevin Draper Kevin Draper Oct 11, 2018.

Nikola Vucevic Whomps On Pau Gasol's Head With Dunk

Nikola Vucevic Whomps On Pau Gasol's Head With Dunk

Pau Gasol is having his best season in a couple of years, suggesting that his recent demise wasn't about physical ability but the psychic torture that the Mike D'Antoni-Dwight Howard-Old Kobe Bryant-Nick Young Los Angeles Lakers imposed upon him. But one of the cool things about the NBA is that almost everybody is insanely athletic and can do cool things with the basketball, and...

Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Oct 02, 2018. 24 comments

Maybe Kobe Bryant Didn't Flinch Because He Had No Reason To

Maybe Kobe Bryant Didn't Flinch Because He Had No Reason To

On March 7, 2010, the Church of Kobestan found its holy sacrament in a Lakers-Magic regular-season game. Sports goblin Matt Barnes was inbounding the ball on the right sideline. He faked a pass directly into Kobe Bryant’s face and Kobe Bryant—he of the hyper-competitive, killer-instinct mentality, the, uh,“Black Mamba” of basketball fame—did not flinch.

Bryant did not move at all,...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Jun 15, 2018. 10 comments

Dwight Howard Shares Story Of Stan Van Gundy Owning The Hell Out Of Marcin Gortat

Dwight Howard Shares Story Of Stan Van Gundy Owning The Hell Out Of Marcin Gortat

Marcin Gortat is a fine NBA player. He’s been one of the NBA’s best screeners for about a decade; before a relatively recent age-related decline in athleticism he was an underrated defender and rim protector; he’s a wizard at timing his movement towards the hoop to preserve and maximize the narrow passing lanes that open up during a good pick-and-roll; he’s got sticky hands and quick...

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Nick Martin Nick Martin Jun 07, 2018. 3 comments

Keith Appling To Serve A Year In Jail Over Gun Charges

Keith Appling To Serve A Year In Jail Over Gun Charges

Former Michigan State and Orlando Magic guard Keith Appling was sentenced to a year in jail on Thursday in relation to a trio of gun-related arrests that took place over a four-month period last summer.

Appling was arrested in August 2016 for carrying a concealed weapon and attempted resisting and obstructing a police officer. He pleaded guilty to the charges as part of a plea deal his legal...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan May 22, 2018. 18 comments

Elfrid Payton's Hair Has Been Laid To Rest

Elfrid Payton's Hair Has Been Laid To Rest

Through all those tough years in Orlando to his current stint in Phoenix, the most notable feature of Elfrid Payton’s game has been his head. Not his “basketball IQ” or his “clutch mentality”—just that majestic drooping frond on top. Every season it protruded further past the point guard’s forehead. It looked like it might one day bear fruit. But now it is gone. May it rest in pieces.

Here’s...

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Timothy Burke Timothy Burke May 11, 2018. 3 comments

Victor Oladipo Sings Horribly, Throws Down Tremendous Dunk

Victor Oladipo Sings Horribly, Throws Down Tremendous Dunk

Victor Oladipo, the living and sole justification for the existence of the Orlando Magic, entered tonight's slam dunk contest in Brooklyn to a hilariously off-key rendition of the theme to "New York, New York" before throwing down what turned out to be a pretty damn good dunk in the opening round of tonight's All-Star festivities.

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Patrick Redford Patrick Redford May 07, 2018. 3 comments

Thunder And Magic Trade Crazy Buzzer-Beaters

Thunder And Magic Trade Crazy Buzzer-Beaters

The Thunder and the Magic played out a crazy-ass game down in Orlando last night, one that featured about as many would-be daggers and big threes as you’ll see in a regular season game.

After Kevin Durant hit a calm three, Victor Oladipo executed an easy pullback on Andre Roberson and gave his team the lead with under four seconds left. Enter Russell Westbrook, from the logo.

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Albert Burneko Albert Burneko Apr 13, 2018. 15 comments

Innocent Basketball Coach Released From Purgatory

Innocent Basketball Coach Released From Purgatory

The Orlando Magic have fired head coach Frank Vogel, according to a report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Vogel coached the incoherent and hopeless but nonetheless consistently hilarious roster of the NBA’s least existent franchise for two seasons, both of which were real and actually happened, compiling a 54-110 record along the way. Attempting to evaluate his performance in that job would...

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