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Magic take FSU’s Jonathan Isaac with first round pick

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The Orlando Magic have chosen Florida State forward Jonathan Isaac with their first-round pick in the NBA Draft. Some pundits thought Orlando would go with shooting guard Malik Monk  of Kentucky, but Isaac brings many attributes that can make him a star in the league. Isaac, a native of New York City, but a product of IMG Academy in Bradenton, was pleased to be selected by the Magic. “Man, it means everything,” he said about his opportunity to remain close…

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Sources: Magic hire Jeff Weltman to head basketball operations

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The Orlando Magic have reached for an unknown to fill the role of president of basketball operations. A person familiar with the negotiations says the Magic have agreed to hire Toronto general manager Jeff Weltman to head up the basketball operations. The person, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced, said Monday night the two sides have agreed to a deal. Weltman, who has also worked in the front offices of Milwaukee and Denver,…

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Frank Vogel to next Magic GM: “I can get along with anyone”

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A difficult year is behind the Orlando Magic. For the fifth consecutive season they failed to make the playoffs. During that span, the team had its worst five-year period ever with a record of 132-278. That cost General Manager Rob Hennigan and Assistant General Manager Scott Perry their jobs. Orlando Coach Frank Vogel can certainly relate to being fired. Just 11 months ago, he was looking for a job after being let go by the Indiana Pacers after his team…

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Magic still struggling on the defensive end

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The Orlando Magic has lost three games in a row and five out of six. The latest was a highly disappointing 120-115 setback on Monday night at the hands of the Sacramento Kings, a team that had lost their previous eight games. Orlando has now lost 44 of their 68 games this season after being a competitive 15-18 in December. The calendar is now midway into March, and the last time the team won back-to-back games was around Christmas time.…

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NBA figures turning up rhetoric on Donald Trump

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It is safe to say President Donald Trump has a few detractors. Many of his supporters tend to keep their views to themselves, but those opposed to him, especially those in the entertainment world, often have a lot to say. Sports figures, including those aligned with the NBA, are beginning to share their views. Players such as LeBron James make no secret of their disdain for the 45th President. Some coaches and owners are joining the forum. Steve Kerr and…

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Wizards start strong, hold on to beat Magic

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The Orlando Magic worked hard and made some key plays in the middle portion of the game on Friday night, but the Washington Wizards did them one better. After jumping out to a 19-point lead, Washington was able to hand on and hand the Magic a 94-91 loss at the Amway Center. Nine minutes into the game, Orlando was down 26-7 and risked being run out of their own building. The Wizards, who had not played since Monday, were imposing…

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Magic suffer disappointing loss to Suns

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The Phoenix Suns have not won many games, especially on the road. On Wednesday night, however, they improved on both percentages when they beat the Orlando Magic 92-87 at the Amway Center. Phoenix won for only the fifth time in 16 games and improved their road record to 3-8. They were also playing their sixth consecutive road game, disposing of the thought the Suns might have been out of gas for this one. In the end, they had plenty of…

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