Orlando Magic News & Notes: Magic Start 1-0


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Check out my recap of Orlando’s 120-106 win over the 76ers here.

Mike Bianchi says that this season is about unfinished business for the Magic.

O’er the land of the free.

And the home of the future NBA champions.

If little Gina Marie Incandela had her way, that’s probably how she would have ended her incredible rendition of the national anthem Wednesday night.

That’s how much faith she has in her Orlando Magic.

Looking ahead. Not back.

Unfinished business.

That’s what this Magic season is about.

Not just for the team.

But for the fans.

Even the littlest fan.

“It was sad when we lost last year,” said Gina, the Magic’s melodic good luck charm during their playoff run of a season ago. “That’s why I couldn’t wait for this season to begin.

“The Magic are going to win it all this year! I just know they are!”

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Joshua Robbins talks about Jason Williams’ big game here.

George Diaz says that the Magic would love to win a title for “Mr.D,” Rich DeVos.

“We’ve been close,” DeVos said. “But we know who we are now and we know what it takes. They have a different spirit than they’ve ever had before. I’ve never see this kind of conviction. … Let’s go do it.”

Now in his 21st season as a Magic owner, DeVos has been there for the exhilarating rush of two ping pong balls that gave us Shaq and Penny, the breakup of a potential dynasty when Shaq bolted for Los Angeles, the rough years that followed, and now the new surge keyed by another kid they call Superman.

See more on DeVos here.

Dwight Howard painfully watched the Lakers get their rings on Tuesday night.

“The rings are very pretty,” Howard joked. “I was a little upset watching it, but I was happy for some of those guys. But it took a lot just to watch the ring ceremony and seeing those guys getting their rings and seeing the trophy and all that stuff again.”

Click here to see other Magic notes from the Orlando Sentinel.

Dwight Howard has updated his blog after last night’s win.

We’re hungry for a championship and so is the city. There are no agendas and just one goal – win that ‘ship. Really, I’m not surprised that our team has blended so quickly because we all know there’s only one mission this season. That brought us all together really quickly.

Click here to read his blog.

Tim Legler talks about Orlando’s opening night victory in ESPN’s Daily Dime.

A lot has been written about Boston being better this season because of the addition of Rasheed Wallace, and Cleveland being more talented because of the addition of Shaquille O’Neal, but the Magic showed in their opener why they are the defending champions in the East.

Orlando, which is one of the deepest teams in the league, also had its new additions on display during its 120-106 home victory over Philadelphia.

Vince Carter, Matt Barnes, Jason Williams, Brandon Bass and Ryan Anderson give the Magic more offensive firepower than any team Dwight Howard has had in his time with the Magic.

Click here to read the Daily Dime.

Ken Burger of CBSSportsline discusses Orlando’s addition of Vince Carter here.

Tim Povtak talks about Jason Williams’ performance for the Magic last night here.

For you college basketball fans, the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll is out and you can find that here.

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