ORLANDO MAGIC THIS MONTH


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10 Things You Should Know

 

  1. Orlando Magic Employees Contribute 6,000-Plus Community Service Hours to Central Florida During 2014-15 Season

  • The Magic Volunteer Program (MVP) contributed 6,270 hours of community service for the 2014-15 Magic season (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015) surpassing the goal of 6,000 hours as an organization for the ninth straight year. More than 220 employees (full time, part time, interns, players and coaches) participated in numerous events throughout the year with a large focus on the Magic’s three areas of interest—education, hunger and health/wellness.
  1. Nikola Vucevic Participates in NBA Africa Game 2015
  • Nikola Vucevic participated in the inaugural NBA Africa Game 2015 on Aug. 1 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The exhibition featured a team of players born in Africa and second-generation African players against players from the rest of the world (Vucevic was part of Team World). The game aired live on Aug. 1 on ESPN, and Vucevic finished with six points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 19 minutes of action.
  1. MAGIC FIT Draft Combine August 4
  • The Magic will host its second MAGIC FIT Draft Combine on Tuesday, August 4 from 2:00–4:00 p.m. at the Silver Star Magic Gym. The youth basketball celebration will also feature Magic Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw, Orlando Magic staff and 80 youth from the Silver Star Magic Gym summer program. MAGIC FIT is the team’s first-ever fitness and nutrition education program for youth. Following the NBA FIT guidelines, the program’s goal is to improve the knowledge of healthy food choices and fitness exercises among at-risk children within Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties. MAGIC FIT’s purpose is to teach children the importance of physical activity through music and dance.
  1. MAGIC FIT Dance Video Goes Viral
  • Victor Oladipo, Community Ambassador Bo Outlaw, STUFF the Magic mascot and staff members of the Orlando Magic recently released a video of the MAGIC FIT Shuffle. The Magic are encouraging youth to get fit and move by learning the dance (http://www.nba.com/magic/victor-oladipos-magic-fit-shuffle). The video was featured by ESPN and was mentioned in a tweet from the Radio City Rockettes: “Loving how @VicOladipo and @OrlandoMagic are encouraging kids to get fit – with a #dance! #MagicFitShuffle” – @Rockettes
  1. Magic Host MAGIC FIT Shuffle Dance-Off
  • The Magic hosted a MAGIC FIT Shuffle Dance-Off for youth on July 24 at the J.R. Smith Center. Magic Community Ambassadors Bo Outlaw and Nick Anderson participated in the Dance-Off as judges. Approximately 80 local children participated in the event, with dance teams from the Rosemont Community Center, Jackson Center and J.R. Smith Center. The Jackson Center Superstars took first place and the Jackson Fusion won second. The JC Superstars also will receive tickets to a Magic game and will be recognized at center court at halftime of a game next season.
  1. NBA Global Games London
  • The Orlando Magic will return to London to play a regular-season game against the Toronto Raptors at The O2 on Jan. 14, 2016 as part of NBA Global Games 2015-16. This will mark the league’s sixth regular-season game in London and the Magic’s first (the team played two preseason games in London in 1993).
  1. Magic Re-Sign Tobias Harris
  • The Orlando Magic re-signed restricted free agent forward Tobias Harris. Harris (6’9”, 235, 7/15/92) played in 68 games (63 starts) last season with Orlando, averaging a career-high 17.1 ppg., 6.3 rpg., 1.8 apg. and 1.01 stlpg. in a career-high 34.8 minpg. He was tied for 17th in the NBA in minutes played and ranked 28th in scoring. Harris led (or tied) the team in scoring 20 times, in rebounding 11 times and in assists twice.
  1. Magic Free Agent Signings Recap
  • The Orlando Magic signed two free agents this offseason; center Jason Smith and guard C.J. Watson. Watson (6’2”, 175, 4/17/84) played in 57 games last season with Indiana (21 starts), averaging 10.0 ppg., 3.6 apg., 2.9 rpg. and 1.00 stlpg. in 24.9 minpg., while shooting .400 (70-of-175) from 3-point range and .826 (138-of-167) from the free throw line.Smith (7’0”, 245, 3/2/86) played in all 82 games last season with New York (31 starts), averaging 8.0 ppg., 4.0 rpg. and 1.7 apg. in 21.8 minpg., while shooting .830 (127-of-153) from the free throw line.
  1. Orlando Magic Trade Recap
  • In addition to the free agent signings, the Magic have acquired guard Shabazz Napier and cash considerations from Miami in exchange for a conditional 2016 second round draft pick, a conditional future second round draft pick from Portland in exchange for forward Maurice Harkless and the option to swap second round draft picks in 2019 and cash consideration from New York in exchange for forward/center Kyle O’Quinn in a sign-and-trade deal.
  1. Orlando Pro Summer League Recap
  • Orlando Magic second-year players Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton and 2015 First Round draft pick Mario Hezonja all participated on the Orlando Blue team at the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League. Gordon played in three games and led Orlando Blue with 21.7 ppg. and 11.7 rpg. Payton played in two contests, averaging 5.5 ppg. and 6.5 apg. Hezonja, who recorded the game-winner in his first NBA contest, averaged 13.0 ppg. in his two summer league appearances.
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