Good morning, readers. Hope you all had a fantastic conclusion to your labor day weekend and enjoyed some time with family and friends. I enjoyed a day out on the golf course, so I’d count that as a win. Let’s see what’s going on with the Orlando Magic Today.
First we go to HoopsHype who sat down with Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn this past weekend at the FIBA World Cup. Vaughn is over there watching Magic swingman Evan Fournier and France play. The soon-to-be third year coach answered a bunch of questions on an array of topics, including Magic rookie Aaron Gordon.
What do you expect from your Aaron Gordon?
JV: He’s a great addition to the culture that we have. We’re really about having unselfish guys. He’s a defensive-minded guy, who has a great athletic ability. He’ll grow on the offensive end of the floor. He’s a guy who will come to work every day and that’s what we’re looking for.
It’s been two years of rebuilding now after the Dwight Howard era and five years since Orlando played the Finals against the Lakers. I guess the Magic fans expect a step forward this season.
JV: Overall, our group has been extremely patient and the people of Orlando have been extremely patient and we appreciate that. When we set out on this journey, we talked about it. We wanted a product that was going to be sustainable for a lot of years to come. We got great young guys around us and they are going to get better. This is a team that is going to have four or five of your favorite players. You’re not going to have just one favorite player. Good things are ahead for us. We have versatility with this group. I’ll be able to play a lot of different lineups and I’m looking forward to that. That’s exciting for me as a coach.
Our second stop will be at the familiar OrlandoMagicDaily where Philip analyze’s the stabilization of three-point shooting for the Magic this season. The Magic let their top two three-point shooters from last season go — Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson — to replace them with Ben Gordon, Evan Fournier and Channing Frye. With the three pointer becoming more and more important each season, it’ll be very interesting to see how the Magic do from beyond the arc this season.
Finally at Crossover Chronicles, Philip looks at how Team USA’s flaws were showcased by Turkey in their game on Sunday. Team USA is in a very interesting position with a real target on their back, and without a true “superstar” they could be in a bit of trouble later on in the tournament. Nevertheless, they’re arguably still the favorites, and should end up in the final.
That does it for today’s Orlando Magic Today. We continue our matchup preview series later with a post on the Magic and the Clippers.