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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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Newest Magic players begin to find their stride

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When the Orlando Magic lost six of their first nine games to start the season, Coach Frank Vogel would hear the usual questions. What’s wrong with the offense? Is there an ongoing problem with intensity? Another expected question was the one about team chemistry. With three new players and a new coach, is this team coming together? Let’s answer the last one first. The new players did need some time to come together and get used to their new surroundings…

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Serge Ibaka makes buzzer-beater to knock of Thunder

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Magic fans have been hoping Serge Ibaka would start to play like he was in Oklahoma City. On Sunday night, he did. In his first game back in the arena where he starred for the Thunder, Ibaka had his best game in a Magic uniform by far, scoring 31 points, hauling down eight rebounds and blocking four shots. His final two points came on a nine-footer with 0.4 seconds left to give the Magic a 119-117 win over the Thunder.…

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Cold-shooting Magic crumble at the end; fall to Utah

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Lately the Orlando Magic have suffered from poor starts in losing their last two games by big margins. On Friday night, it was the ending that did in the Magic as they fell to the Utah Jazz 87-74 at the Amway Center. After two blowout losses, Magic Coach Frank Vogel tweaked the starting lineup to insert more defense and hopefully get off to a better start. Jeff Green started in place of Aaron Gordon and the Magic trailed only 42-38…

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Magic still feeling the reality of growing pains

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It has been a week of ups and downs for the Orlando Magic. Following a three-game winnings streak that saw them even their record at 3-3, they have now lost their last two games by big margins, including Wednesday night’s 123-107 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. This begs the obvious question: can this team display sufficient mental toughness to match the obvious physical talents needed to be a playoff contender? After their Monday night humiliation in Chicago, it was reasonable…

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‘Work in progress’ Magic takes next step

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Although the Orlando Magic assumed more than $50 million in salaries on four new players this season, there was little return on investment in the first three games. The additions of Bismack Biyombo, Serge Ibaka, D. J. Augustin, and Jeff Green were not putting Orlando anywhere near a victory early on. While they did not expect to also be bringing in a new coach, that necessity was forced on them by the resignation of Scott Skiles after one season. Frank Vogel…

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New-look Magic set to open 2016-17 season vs. Heat

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With the Orlando Magic set to open the NBA season on Wednesday, fans have two basic questions; are they better than last year and if so, can they make the playoffs? The Miami Heat is the perfect opponent to gauge both short-term and long-term improvement. After Miami routed the Magic in the pre-season, the 2016-17 season begins tonight at the Amway Center at 7:00 p.m. The same questions were asked last year. Over the course of the season they were…

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