The Orlando Magic, entering their sixth season of rebuilding, has caused many to wonder when will they be playoff ready.
The past six seasons has defined the team as having a situation best described as a revolving door. That door has seen many players, different coaching styles and players with high potential being traded away and blossoming elsewhere.
Fortunately, the offseason has given this team many new faces. It began with draft pick, Mohamed Bamba, then Jerian Grant of the Chicago Bulls and finally, former head coach Steve Clifford of the Charlotte Hornets.
Led by guard Evan Fournier and forward Aaron Gordon, the Magic will face off against the Philadelphia 76ers, who are fresh off a preseason victory against Australia’s National Basketball League Melbourne United.
Taking the next step
During the Magic’s media day, Jonathon Isaac stated that the amount of effort, focus and preparation the players are putting into training camp should cause this season to be really memorable.
During training, a reporter asked head coach Steve Clifford, about any new things to expect.
“Watching film with our staff from last year, you’ll see offensive things and defensive things that were really good. It’ll be very similar, but a lot of it is obviously new”, Clifford said.
When asked about when the team could establish a tone for the preseason opener, Fournier referenced the San Antonio Spurs, as a team that has remained consistent no matter the score of the game.
“It’s just gonna feel good to get out there and play, and it starts tomorrow,” Fournier said.
“We just haven’t done enough yet, so, will be just another practice”, Clifford said on whether there will be any experimenting with player rotations.
The Magic will face off against the 76ers in their first preseason opener, tonight, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.
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