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  1. PBT NBA Draft Preview: The Orlando Magic

    Jun 20, 2014, 5:45 PM EDT

    Joel Embiid

    They could end up with Joel Embiid now, and they should jump on it.

  2. Magic’s Nikola Vucevic has concussion, likely out a week or more

    Jan 7, 2014, 6:31 PM EDT

    Sacramento at Orlando

    During the third quarter of the Magic’s blowout loss to the Clippers Monday night, Nikola Vucevic went up to try and block a Blake Griffin shot, ended up getting flipped and took a hard fall where he landed on his side and his head hit the floor. Vucevic suffered a concussion and the Orlando big…

  3. Jeff Green with the posterizing dunk over Jason Maxiell (VIDEO)

    Nov 9, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Jeff Green

    We know. Rebuilding Celtics versus rebuilding Magic, with very few recognizable names or legitimate star power on the floor for either side. But then you see this, an aggressive posterizing dunk from Jeff Green over Jason Maxiell from Friday’s action, and you realize that the pool of individual player talent in the NBA is crazy…

  4. The Extra Pass: 10 teams, 10 observations, plus Tuesday recaps

    Nov 6, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Chuck Hayes, Paul Millsap

    Let’s zip around the league with ten observations for ten teams: Atlanta: I’m digging the former Jazz men. Paul Millsap is already getting along famously with Al Horford, but the smart movement off the ball by flex-bred wingmen Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll is keeping defenses off guard. This is a really unselfish offense already,…

  5. Orlando forward Tobias Harris out indefinitely with ankle sprain

    Nov 4, 2013, 12:42 PM EDT

    Tobias Harris

    In what is going to be a tough season in Orlando, Tobias Harris was one of the reasons to tune in — the young forward had a sparkling second half of the season ( 17.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game after being traded from the Bucks to the Magic) and we wanted to see what he…

  6. Roy Hibbert meets Jason Maxiell in midair to reject his dunk attempt (VIDEO)

    Oct 29, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    The Heat and the Bulls are the marquee matchup on opening night, but the Pacers and the Magic actually got the season started earlier in the evening. Orlando is hanging much closer than expected on the road against the team that finished last season just a game short of making the Finals, but one thing…

  7. Andre Drummond has a new free throw style (VINE)

    Oct 10, 2013, 9:56 AM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    Andre Drummond had a rookie season that made you think “this guy could be a franchise anchor.” He only started 10 games and played 20 minutes a night — you can thank Lawrence Frank for giving us more Jason Maxiell over Drummond, that’s the way to build a young team! — but he averaged 7.9…

  8. Jason Maxiell wants Horace Grant goggles

    Oct 4, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

    Jason Maxiell

    Jason Maxiell is a hard-banging power forward – just like Horace Grant.. Maxiell signed with the Magic – just like Grant. Maxiell is wearing No. 54 – just like Grant. They’re basically twins, except Grant’s trademark goggles. But they could share eyewear choice soon. Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstripe Post: Maxiell underwent surgery on Easter…

  9. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Orlando Magic

    Oct 4, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Tobias Harris

    Last season: It was a season of transition. The Magic started out near .500 (12-13) but when Glen Davis got injured things fell apart. The Magic won 8 games the rest of the year and by the trade deadline they had fully embraced the rebuild, meaning J.J. Redick was the first out the door in…

  10. Maurice Cheeks will play Andre Drummond this year. Hurray.

    Oct 1, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    This shouldn’t be news. Last season, Andre Drummond posted per-36-minute scoring (13.8), rebounding (13.2) and shot-blocking (2.8) rates that have been matched only by Dwight Howard, Hakeem Olajuwon, Bill Walton, Robert Parrish, Marvin Webster and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (minimum: 300 minutes). With the exception of Webster, those are all Hall of Famers. And Drummond did it…

  11. Magic GM says team cautious with Glen Davis’ return, could miss start of camp

    Sep 24, 2013, 2:13 PM EDT

    Glen Davis

    It was thought a month ago that Glen Davis would be back for the start of Orlando’s training camp after missing most of last season following foot surgery. Maybe not. Orlando GM Rob Hennigan did a Q&A with Orlando’s own site and sounded very cautious about the return of Davis. “He’s progressing on schedule and…

  12. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Detroit Pistons

    Sep 24, 2013, 9:36 AM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    Last season: The Pistons went 29-53, their fifth straight losing season and fourth straight season outside the playoffs. Andre Drummond emerged as a possible franchise player, producing at elite levels to match his impressive physical profile. Greg Monroe also operated at a near-All Star level for the second straight season, though somewhat ignores his defensive…

  13. Magic to baby Glen Davis as he returns from foot injury

    Sep 3, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Tyler Hansbrough, Glen Davis

    The Orlando Magic are not tanking. Don’t suggest that they are. However, if it took a little longer than scheduled for veteran forward “Big Baby” Glen Davis to get back on the court following his second foot surgery, is that such a bad thing? The Magic have said they plan to baby… er, be cautious…

  14. Joe Dumars hopes Josh Smith-Greg Monroe-Andre Drummond frontcourt can take cues from Hawks and Grizzlies

    Aug 7, 2013, 6:12 PM EDT

    Josh Smith, Andre Drummond

    Which team has the best starting frontcourt in the NBA? Depending on how you value the top player compared to the depth of the trio, there are several contenders including: Nets (Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Brook Lopez) Bulls (Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah) Nuggets (Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried, JaVale McGee) Warriors (Andre Iguodala, David…

  15. Report: Foot surgery could mean Orlando’s Davis to miss start of season

    Jul 24, 2013, 1:17 AM EDT

    Glen Davis

    Glen Davis broke his foot back on Jan. 30 and was forced to miss the rest of the season. Then a couple weeks ago Big Baby had a second surgery to replace a screw in his foot from the first surgery. That’s a lot of foot surgeries for a guy whose job it is to…

  16. Jason Maxiell to sign two-year, $5 million contract with Magic

    Jul 18, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT

    Glen Davis, Jason Maxiell, Kyle Singler, Brandon Knight

    When several veterans boycotted a Pistons shootaround a couple years ago, no more-tenured player showed up than Jason Maxiell. Maxiell has spent eight seasons with the Pistons, quietly going about his business. His weight was an issue at times after signing a four-year, $20 million extension, but he got back into shape a couple seasons…

  17. In shock to nobody, Lawrence Frank fired in Detroit

    Apr 18, 2013, 2:28 PM EDT

    Lawrence Frank

    I officially got off the “Lawrence Frank knows how to build a team” train earlier this season, when Andre Drummond was showing real promise but was being held back so Jason Maxiell could get more minutes. Despite what owner Tom Gores thought, this was not a playoff team, it was a team that needed to…

  18. Thursday And-1 Links: LeBron focus of first NBA “BIG” playoff comercial (VIDEO)

    Apr 11, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like the ancient Romans loved a good conquest…. • If you’re going to sell…

  19. Jason Maxiell out for season with detached retina, surgery

    Apr 1, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

    Maxiell_Jason

    A couple weeks ago, Pistons forward Jason Maxiell was noticed some blurry vision, got some eye drops from the team and thought that was that. Except it kept getting worse. Maxiell went to a specialist who found something more serious — a detached retina. That requires surgery and he had it Sunday, which means he…

  20. Andre Drummond expected to return to Pistons Friday

    Mar 28, 2013, 10:18 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    Andre Drummond is the most exciting thing about the Pistons this season and is the most intriguing rookie in this class. He might have moved into the Rookie of the Year conversation except for two things: 1) Lawrence Frank inexplicably strangling his minutes so he could play more Jason Maxiell; 2) A stress fracture in…

  21. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Miami wants to know if you have any other challengers

    Mar 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's guard Dwyane Wade goes to the basket past Indiana Pacers guard George Hill during their NBA game in Miami

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while wondering where you’re going to get your next lion meat burger if not Chicago…. Lakers 90, Bulls 81: The Lakers offense has been better of late and the Bulls offense continues to be unimpressive. At best. Those things combine to give the…

  22. Clippers try to jump-start defense for playoff run. Hapless Pistons help out.

    Mar 11, 2013, 1:06 AM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan, Brandon Knight

    LOS ANGELES — Since the start of the season there have been two questions that seem to define just how far the Clippers can go: 1) How good is DeAndre Jordan playing at the five? 2) How good is the Clippers defense? The answer to both of those questions of late was “not good.” Which…

  23. Jose Calderon cleared, will suit up for Pistons vs. Knicks

    Feb 4, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

    Raptors' Calderon poses for the team photographer during the team's media day before the upcoming NBA basketball season in Toronto

    Detroit brought in Jose Calderon in last week’s three-team Rudy Gay trade in part because he has a $10 million expiring contract and they will go well under the salary cap next summer and be able to be free agent players. But also, Calderon can fit what they do on the court. We’ll find out…

  24. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Portland, Dallas end in a shootout

    Jan 30, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while spending way too much time on the Stacy King soundboard…. Lakers 111, Hornets 106: The renaissance of the Lakers offense continues — Kobe Bryant had 11 assists, Dwight Howard rolled to the rim for 24 and the Lakers played beautiful basketball. But…

  25. PBT’s NBA Mid-Season Awards: All hail Kevin Durant

    Jan 24, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors

    It’s the halfway point of the NBA season. To me having a serious discussion about end of season awards before this point is like discussing the 2016 presidential election today — it’s all speculation and wishful thinking. Now we have enough games to have a body of evidence and a discussion. So here are my…

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