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  1. 6 points
    What’s impressed me the most is how fluid our starting 5 has been when running their sets. Everyone knows where they are supposed to be and guys are making the extra pass looking for the best shot available. Franz game is carrying over from his World Cup play and the confidence is evident especially his 3 point shooting. Paolo is passing very well and is looking to get others involved early. Suggs continues to be a pest on defense and last night his 3 point shot looked much improved, you can tell he’s been working on that all summer. Anthony is also looking sharp off the bench and not forcing shots like in previous years. JI’s offense is still a bit rusty but his defense is still game changing, I feel like his offense will come along with the more in game reps he gets. Joe Ingles will be a good player for us he’s a legitimate 3 point threat, is a willing passer, and he also brings that fire on the court ala Mo Wagner. Fultz continues to get to the basket at will and his 3 point shot is looking much more fluid and improved. Wendell Carter looks automatic from everywhere on the court he is shooting with confidence and continues being aggressive on the defensive and offensive boards. Anthony Black is another pest on defense but his offense and play making so far leave a lot to be desired. Mo keeps doing Mo like things which is always bringing physicality and energy to that 2nd unit. The biggest disappointments to me so far have been G Harris and Chuma Okeke don’t really see them in the rotation this year unless injuries force them into the lineup. Those are some of my takeaways from the first 2 games that we’ve played.
  2. 6 points
    Absolutely …I was a lifelong gym teacher in public schools …breaks my heart to see how kids are being indoctrinated with all this sexual stuff …it’s crazy and blows my mind …as a fellow Christian I love what JI stands for and is unafraid to speak up about . I was really more shocked with Charles Barkley …grabbing a mic and using language like that …dude is just about as popular as Michael Jordan these days …he’s like the lead analyst for NBA and college games …a highly, highly visible public figure . The article insinuated he was falling in line with the Woke agenda …I’m hopeful we can get somebody in office in the near future that can stop all this indoctrinating of kids …anybody can see all the confusion and chaos it creates ….my kids just recently graduated HS …they told me some stuff going on …I will continue to say as a fellow educator …what the heck does sexual orientation/stuff have to do with educating kids in school .
  3. 6 points
    I’ll be honest, I’m not impressed with our team's approach to summer league. To throw a bunch of scrubs out there with our rooks and expect something meaningful to develop is foolish thinking. Last night was barely watchable. Yes, AB and Howard flashed, but the overall game was a mess. Bad shots, bad passes, bad defensive rotations, etc. Why not play a few guys who know our system (Harris, Houston and Schofield) with the rooks? Raw players playing with raw players will create raw results.
  4. 5 points
    I consider the Cavs starting 5 to be a pretty good team and we handled them pretty easily. Their announcers kept commenting about how BIG we are. 2 game preseason observations. Franz is even better. I'd like to see him rebound more. Paolo is even better. His D seems a bit better too. Suggs is everywhere on defense, he's fast and he's relentless. Fultz can get to the hole any time he wants to and his D looks good. We still need Suggs, Fultz, and Paolo to get better on 3s. Carter looks great and seems ready to shoot from anywhere. Isaac on the floor totally changes the 2nd unit. With more games under his belt AB will be just fine. His defensive effort is excellent! Admiral still plays very hard. Chuma is still a ? Jingles was a great addition. He and Mo will get under a lot of players skin. Howard seems a litle lost at times but IMO he will be a great player once he gets up to speed. Harris should only get spot minutes when we need some 3s and are willing to run plays for him. He just doesn't seem like he can be fully involved in the game. Mo is Mo, love him! Queen looks pretty good and will probably beat out Kevon for a spot. McClung looks very good out there and could be a steal. Cole seems improved, better effort on D, and seems willing to play less hero ball. MCW will be a good mentor for the young ones. Caleb is still a big ? Overall if we can stay healthy we have a good shot at beating anybody we play. Here's to a great season!
  5. 5 points
    The Team rarely makes these nice schedules anymore so i made this one following the style they used to use in years past. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-Uxovk7MbdKBX7K7XtHeQHTkb8BnAFcJ/view?usp=sharing http://<iframe src="https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-Uxovk7MbdKBX7K7XtHeQHTkb8BnAFcJ/preview" width="640" height="480" allow="autoplay"></iframe> <iframe src="https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-Uxovk7MbdKBX7K7XtHeQHTkb8BnAFcJ/preview" width="640" height="480" allow="autoplay"></iframe> cant figure out how to get it to preview from GDrive... MagicCalendar-01 by Natesroom, on Flickr
  6. 5 points
    Welcome to the Shaedon Sharpe fan club everybody. Lolololololol
  7. 5 points
    There’s really no way to explain it other than off-season fatigue if we’re really debating if we should’ve picked the kid who we all thought would be made of glass, that wound up being made of glass and missed his entire rookie season over our pick who just won rookie of the year and put up one of the more impressive first seasons the NBA has seen in years.
  8. 5 points
    Jon, I respect everyone's right to their own opinion, but damn, I don't think I've seen a positive post or opinion from you yet, man. If you're that negative about the roster, the management, and everyone else's opinions, why are you here? Do we need to start calling you Debbie Downer? In all seriousness though; 1) When you have this many young players, many of whom can be "loaned" to the G-League affiliate, I agree it could be difficult to find everyone playing time. So maybe Black, Howard, and Houstan all spend some time in Osceola, or maybe they just work in practice learning habits from veterans like G Harris, Ingles, and to a lesser extent, Fultz, and WCJ. 2) Considering how many "player injury games" we have lost over the last few years, having extra young talent for depth is a benefit. Also, if they're all competing for minutes, nobody is getting complacent - everyone keeps working to earn their minutes. Plus, if guys do get injured, they can spend time down in Osceola when they are "ramping up" playing time for their return - like Isaac and Okeke did for a bit last season. 3) We don't know yet that the front office is done. Currently we seem to have a roster full of guys that can switch and play/guard multiple positions. That's not a bad thing, either. I expect that they will try to bring back Moe Wagner as well, and I wouldn't be surprised if they give Kevon Harris at least a training camp and/or 2-way contract again. Doing both would bring us up to 16 players - you're allowed about 20 for training camp. Once you get to the season you get 15 on the roster, and I think with the new CBA you get three 2-way contracts for a total of 18 players. We will probably still see some action on the free agent and/or trade market before we get to opening day. 4) We don't know if Isaac is going to be back healthy - if he isn't, I would not be surprised to see them release him. He is "only" guaranteed $7.6M until 1/10/24, if they cut him before that, the remaining $9.8M can be used elsewhere. We are currently sitting at 14 players (counting Black, Howard and Ingles) and just barely over the league-mandated minimum of $122.4K. If we sign Moe to about $3.5M, that still leaves us about $10K under the cap, in a great position to trade with someone needing to cut salary, or as a third team to grab additional assets. I personally don't think we are done, and my bet is that they do move a backcourt guy or two to try and balance the roster a little more evenly. I could see someone doing a trade to free up space and take a chance on continued improvement from Anthony, Suggs, or a healthy Okeke. I can see a path to a trade involving G Harris for a SF/PF who might be getting similar numbers but making $4-5M more, with the other team throwing in a top-20 protected first. With the new CBA and the (extremely) punitive 2nd apron, I think there may be some trades to be made that would both better balance the roster and bring additional assets. I do think that the front office moved a little slower rebuilding this roster than I would have liked; but, we also have to think about where we were when they were hired - over the cap with few prospects to get better. I would have liked to see Payton, Vuc, Gordon, and Fournier all moved sooner than they were, but sometimes the moves just aren't there, or the return just makes you worse without actually giving you a path to improve. I think they have done a reasonable job, and have (with some luck) put us in a position to really make another jump this year. I think G Harris needs to be more active without the ball, running off of screens to find open shots (a la Reddick), I think both Anthony and G Harris are a little undersized to play the SG, but I think with Gary's improved health and if Anthony can improve his shot selection/play less "hero-ball", we can definitely expect to see some improvement from that position. I think the game was starting to slow down for Suggs near the end of the season, he seemed to be playing with the same drive, but less frantic. I think Moe is important to bring back for several reasons beyond the obvious connection with Franz - he gives us additional backup for the PF, where we've had health issues with both Isaac and Okeke; and he gives us a faster backup at C than Bitadze. Also, he definitely plays with more attitude than most of our team - Ingles should contribute that as well. Fultz/Black/Suggs G Harris/Anthony/Howard F Wagner/Ingles/Houstan/K Harris (2-Way?) Banchero/Isaac/Okeke Carter/Bitadze/M Wagner(?) I don't think this is a championship roster yet, but I definitely think this is a playoff roster; and with a few more tweaks and internal growth, I think we could surprise a lot of people this year.
  9. 5 points
    alright. I challenge you on this.. Name 20 PG that are better! Again. Fultz can do everything besides 3 point shooting. He can get wherever he wants, whenever he wants to his spots. He makes the team around him better, he sets players up for good shots. He can make tough passes but also the easy passes. Mostly he makes great decisions. He hustled on defense, plays great defense. He gets rebounds, especially in the clutch. He won us numerous games where the game was on the line and he managed to get multiple offensive rebounds, due to his hustle. He never gives up. He’s a true leader of this team. Great person on and off the court (from what i can tell) So yeah name 20 PGs that have that impact..
  10. 4 points
    There’s nothing I want more for the Magic than for Fultz to pop, regain his shot, and lead us into the playoffs.
  11. 4 points
    condolences to the Van Gundy family
  12. 4 points
    Let's rename the topic: 2023 NBA Summer League Shaedon Sharpe Watch Thread
  13. 4 points
  14. 4 points
    I rarely post but I feel this should be mentioned- In addition to his shooting and passing and experience, Joe Ingles is a "tough guy". He brings an aggressive- don't take crap from anybody type of mentality to this team that I feel we've been lacking for a while. I LOVE this move for our young guys.
  15. 4 points
    He's an NBA basketball player, standing or not standing is going to be public whether he wants it to be or not. What you're essentially demanding of him is to set his own views and beliefs aside and literally pretend like he supports a cause that he does not. He literally had two options and he went with the one that actually represented his views. Going against his views would've made him a sellout, you have things reversed. I can tell you that there are MANY black people that want nothing to do with BLM. JI is hardly alone here.
  16. 4 points
    His teammates are doing something he doesn't believe in or support, he should be commended for this not criticized. Far too many people going with the crowd these days, especially public figures, I'm glad some people don't let it phase them and literally stand up for what they believe is right.
  17. 3 points
    Season Opener 2023-2024 Amway Center - Orlando, FL Wednesday, October 25th at 7:00 P.M. EST TV: Bally Sports FL Here We Come!!! Orlando Magic Add Two More Players with High IQ, Versatility and Athleticism by Selecting Anthony Black and Jett Howard in 2023 NBA Draft Head Coach - Jamahl Mosley MAGIC'S 'A TRAIN' (Lyrics) (Adaptation of the Singing Group--The O'Jays--song, 'The Love Train') GO MAGIC!
  18. 3 points
    This team could be special! This second unit in particular is going to cause so many teams problems.
  19. 3 points
    Listening to the announcers actually discussing the game and analyzing each play illustrates how much we’re missing with our announcing crew, especially Turner who goes off on tangents constantly
  20. 3 points
    Good old Phillip and his opinion You definitely do not give up on Suggs yet. Thats asinine behaviour
  21. 3 points
    To be fair, our record of 289-512 over the past 10 years continues our streak as the worst team in basketball. Management has given us a lot of reasons to despise this team. I’m happy with anyone who still cares enough to post to this forum despite enduring year after year of awful basketball.
  22. 3 points
    I think if we can get him for a decent amount of money for a shorter term contract, I'm all for it. Something that does align with our team is he's seemingly a really good, down to earth guy. I remember seeing a story where he had The Eastern conference championship trophy and took it around to all the workers / non-players and media members on the plane home to ensure that everyone got a picture with the trophy, of which he offered to take the pictures. A few other stories like that out there on him. Always thinking of other people, which is the kind of player you like having in a locker room.
  23. 3 points
    We found minutes for Chuma, Bol, Admiral, Kevon, etc. and none of them should get minutes on a playoff team. Imo. So we should have zero problems finding minutes for two rookies.
  24. 3 points
    Guys work out on their own with their own trainers during the off-season, so I'm not worried. With that being said, I always thought it was really cool when Jameer put on a "Team Camp" during the summers to increase team chemistry on and off the court. I hope someone brings that back.
  25. 3 points
    He's partially guaranteed. He can be cut for a cap amount of $7m ish. So he could offer relief to a tax team. I.e. they trade us stuff amounting to $17m, we send them back Isaac and they cut him and save $10m. EDIT: people are up voting this, I already commented this further down the thread but: This isn't actually possible. Isaac only counts as his guaranteed amount in trades until his contract is guaranteed.