| Aug 25, 2013
| 8:34 AM
More than winning games, the Magic’s top priority again in this stage of their rebuild is player development.
What can we expect out of the kids this season? How much improvement? Can Maurice Harkless, Nik Vucevic, Andrew Nicholson, Tobias...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 1:55 PM
AVON – Much of Kevin Ollie's first summer as head coach at UConn has been spent, of course, on the recruiting trail. Once the last of the NCAA sanctions that restricted travel were lifted in July, Ollie and his staff hit the road.
His role in...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 1:53 PM
The Orlando Magic’s 2013 offseason has been notable so far because of its relative inactivity.
As some teams made major trades or significant free-agent signings, the Magic have stood pat. Their key move was their decision to use the second...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 5:47 PM
Jeff Turner was calling from Dallas.
"I'm here on the lookout for Dwight," he said, chuckling.
Turner was in Big D for his daughter's volleyball tourney, not reporting on a Dwight Howard free-agency sighting. But that's the kind of light-hearted humor...
| Jan 18, 2013
| 7:50 PM
The Magic’s track record shows there will be more games like Friday night’s. I guess all the concern about them winning too much to spoil a chance at a decent lottery pick was unnecessary.
They have lost 12 times in the last 14 games. The...
| Jan 19, 2013
| 2:52 PM
Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire were recently blackballed from the Baseball Hall of Fame because they were the biggest juicers this side of Minute Maid.
Ben Johnson and Marion Jones had Olympic gold medals stripped away for being massive drug cheats.
| Jan 20, 2013
| 5:14 PM
Among other things, Jacque Vaughn has dealt with injuries, rookies and a 10-game losing streak in his first season as a head coach. He also noticed along the way that he did not have Dwight Howard.
Next up on Vaughn's agenda: the Feb. 21 trade deadline,...
| Jan 24, 2013
| 5:30 PM
For eight seasons everything evolved and revolved around Dwight Howard.
After Howard's long goodbye, the Magic smartly acquired enough building material from his trade to mold something of a successor.
Just as they did with Howard, the Magic need to...
| Jan 26, 2013
| 4:21 PM
Their record at the turn tells us the Magic are a bad basketball team, losing games at an alarming rate. You'll just never hear Jacque Vaughn confirm it.
Or get alarmed.
The rookie coach might be stressed, frustrated and overdosing on Tums off-camera,...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 6:47 PM
Running off at the typewriter. …
Excuse me for rolling my eyes and scoffing at the utter hypocrisy of college athletics, but isn't it time for NCAA President Mark Emmert to penalize himself for failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance and...
| Jan 7, 2013
| 7:29 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. — People have labeled Jameer Nelson for years.
He's heard it all: that he's "too small" to be an effective NBA player, that he's a "shoot-first" point guard, that he's "injury prone."
People now can call him something else:...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 8:34 AM
Well, it was fun while it lasted, which seemed like about five minutes.
The surprising, rebuilding Magic were 12-13, hinting at making the playoffs and thumbing their noses at doomsday critics.
Then came the injuries to Big Baby Davis and E’...