The Orlando Magic are holding a free, open-to-the-public scrimmage today at Amway Center. The event is scheduled to begin at 11 this morning. I’ll provide live updates. Hit your “refresh” often for the latest. The most recent updates are at the bottom.
[Posted at 10:34 a.m.] Fans have filled about 60 percent of Amway Center’s lower bowl. Outside the arena, cars have lined up to enter the Geico Garage on South Street. At one of the entrances, fans are receiving signs that read “SUPERMAN, THIS IS YOUR METROPOLIS.”
[Posted 11:08 a.m.] Magic players have not taken the court yet. The schedule for the day includes a segment for player introductions. It’s unclear whether each player will be introduced individually.
[Posted 11:11 a.m.] The lower bowl is about 70 percent to 75 percent full.
[Posted 11:18 a.m.] I’d be shocked if a significant segment of fans boo Howard. Yamil Ramos, Gabriel Ortiz and Kevin Gonzalez — who are in their early 20s — are sitting at midcourt about 20 rows up. Asked what they planned to do, Gonzalez responded, “Cheer Dwight all the way!” Ortiz said, “He’s going to feel loved and wanted.”
[Posted 11:23 a.m.] Fans erupt in loud cheers when the opening JumboTron segment mentions Dwight’s name.
[Posted 11:24 a.m.] Players being introduced one at a time.
[Posted 11:24 a.m.] Dwight gets a loud ovation. Fans already were standing. Howard smiles and tosses a shirt or a towel into the audience.
[Posted 11:26 a.m.] As players warm up, some fans cheer: “Dwight! Dwight! Dwight!” Others cheer: “Fight for Dwight!”
[Posted 11:27 a.m.] Stan Van Gundy is wearing a microphone.
[Posted 11:29 a.m.] Team in black jerseys consists of: Dwight, Jameer Nelson, Jason Richardson, Glen Davis, Quentin Richardson, Von Wafer, Larry Hughes, and Justin Harper. The team in white jerseys includes Earl Clark, Daniel Orton, Chris Duhon, DeAndre Liggins, Hedo Turkoglu and J.J. Redick.
[Posted 11:32 a.m.] Turk misses the scrimmage’s first shot.
[Posted 11:32 a.m.] Dwight gets a big cheer when he receives the ball at the top of the paint. He drives on Orton and makes a left-handed layup.
[Posted 11:34 a.m.] Dwight makes a 16-foot jumper. His shot looks much improved, especially his wrist action.
[Posted 11:35 a.m.] Surprise! J-Rich draws a shooting foul.
[Posted 11:36 a.m.] Anderson and Davis are guarding each other.
[Posted 11:37 a.m.] Orton’s shot is blocked by Davis. Some of the louder cheers so far today that weren’t Dwight-related.
[Posted 11:38 a.m.] “M-V-P!” chants ring out before Dwight goes to the foul line. He misses the first attempt off of the back iron. He makes the second. Polite applause.