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Markelle Fultz happy to have 'a coach that's going to push you to be better'

Source | 3 days ago.

The dust is barely settled in the wake of the end of the Markelle Fultz era in Philadelphia, and the former 76ers guard is already taking shots at his old team. Fultz had his introductory press conference with the Orlando Magic on Thursday after being traded at last week's deadline and praised his new coach Steve Clifford while taking a veiled shot at Brown. “It just excites me to know that I have a coach that's going to push you to be better and not just going to tell you what you want to hear,” Fultz said.

Anthony Davis after scoring 3 points against Magic: 'We sucked'

Source | 5 days ago.

Anthony Davis does not want to play for the New Orleans Pelicans anymore, and he made that crystal clear on Tuesday. In an embarrassingly low-effort performance against the Orlando Magic, Davis scored just 3 points on 1-of-9 shooting, his lowest scoring output ever in a game he played at least 20 minutes. Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry was fed up with all the media attention and questions about how the team would handle their disgruntled star.

Playing without Antetokounmpo, Bucks lose to Magic 103-83

Source | 7 days ago.

With Giannis Antetokounmpo on the bench in street clothes, the Milwaukee Bucks had their lowest scoring output of the season and fell flat. ''We'll probably throw this one in the trash can and move on,'' coach Mike Budenholzer said. Antetokounmpo sat out with right knee soreness after scoring 29 points and grabbing 17 rebounds in Milwaukee's win over Dallas on Friday night.

Brett Brown laments not getting to coach Markelle Fultz more

Source | 7 days ago.

The Philadelphia 76ers are done with Markelle Fultz. The former No. 1 overall pick is now with the Orlando Magic, and he's going to be their reclamation project now. Earlier this week, Brown lamented not being able to coach Fultz longer.

Is Orlando the Best Place for Markelle Fultz to Resurrect His Career?

Source | 8 days ago.

The Markelle Fultz era in Philadelphia is officially over, as the 76ers traded their troubled point guard to the Orlando Magic. The Crossover's Rob Mahoney explains why the move could not have worked out better for Fultz.

Magic believe 'sky's the limit' for Fultz

Source | 9 days ago.

Orlando Magic president Jeff Weltman believes the "sky's the limit" for Markelle Fultz following his arrival from the Philadelphia 76ers. Former number one NBA draft pick Fultz was traded to the Magic by the 76ers on Thursday. Fultz, who was acquired by the Magic in exchange for Jonathon Simmons and two draft picks – has struggled with his shooting, form and injuries since he was taken first in 2017.

Bucks eager to have Mirotic on court vs. Magic

Source | 9 days ago.

The Milwaukee Bucks are hoping Nikola Mirotic can make his home debut Saturday night when his new team hosts the Orlando Magic. Acquired at the trade deadline from New Orleans to beef up the Bucks' frontcourt and bench, Mirotic sat out Friday's 122-107 win at Dallas with a calf injury that's kept him out of the last eight games. The Bucks didn't need their new toy at Dallas, where Giannis Antetokounmpo led four starters in double figures with 29 points as Milwaukee was able to win a sixth straight while giving Khris Middleton a night off to rest on the front end of a back-to-back sequence.

Post-NBA trade deadline odds: Lakers' chances drop without Anthony Davis

Source | 11 days ago.

Post-NBA trade deadline odds: Lakers' chances drop without Anthony Davis originally appeared on The NBA trade deadline is over. The Kings made some moves in hopes of bolstering the roster, the Warriors haven't done anything crazy ... yet, and the Los Angeles Lakers will not be the new home of Anthony Davis.

Orlando Magic rookie Mo Bamba sidelined for a 'significant time' with stress fracture in left leg

Source | 12 days ago.

Orlando rookie center Mo Bamba suffered a stress fracture in his left leg. The Orlando Magic will be without its star center Mo Bamba for a “significant time.” On Tuesday, the rookie suffered a stress fracture injury in his lower left leg, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Orlando Magic rookie center Mo Bamba will miss significant time with a stress fracture in his lower left leg, league sources tell ESPN.

Ross scores 30 as Magic hand Pacers 4th straight loss

Source | 17 days ago.

After making his first All-Star team earlier in the day, Nikola Vucevic delivered another solid performance for the Orlando Magic. Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers are struggling without their own All-Star as Victor Oladipo recovers from knee surgery. Terrence Ross scored 13 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, Vucevic added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the Magic beat Indiana 107-100 on Thursday night to hand the Pacers their fourth straight loss.

Marc Gasol would kind of like to be traded for his brother Pau again

Source | 19 days ago.

Marc Gasol knows his time with the Memphis Grizzlies — the city and team that shepherded him from 16-year-old little brother of Pau Gasol to backbone of The Grit 'N' Grind Era — may be coming to a close. He spoke at length about his affection for the franchise after a loss on Monday that left the Grizz tied with the Orlando Magic for the NBA's seventh-worst record entering a three-game road trip. That tour through Minnesota, Charlotte and New York will take the Grizzlies close to the Feb. 7 trade deadline, when the 34-year-old Gasol is expected to be among the highest-profile players available.

Anthony Davis latest reminder of the downside of small-market teams getting 'lucky' in the draft

Source | 21 days ago.

The writing has been on the walls in the French Quarter since September, when Anthony Davis hired Rich Paul to be his agent, but the clock started on this predictable process the evening Davis was drafted seven years ago. Monday morning, the walls finally started talking as Davis formally requested a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans — and that polar vortex you felt was from small-market franchises shivering at another example of a superstar player wanting out from his original franchise. The Pelicans have not been a model of consistency on the floor or on the business side since Davis was drafted in 2012.

Paul to return for Houston after 17-game absence

Source | 21 days ago.

Chris Paul will return for the Houston Rockets against the Orlando Magic after missing the last 17 games with a strained left hamstring. The nine-time All-Star has been out since he was injured Dec. 20 in a loss at Miami. Coach Mike D'Antoni said Paul's minutes will be limited initially and he hopes to keep him somewhere in the mid-20s on Sunday night.

James Harden stays hot in Chris Paul's return, leads Rockets in late rally past Magic

Source | 21 days ago.

Chris Paul suited up for the Rockets for the first time in 17 games Sunday, but Houston still belongs to James Harden. The Rockets were on track for a bad loss at home to the Orlando Magic, trailing by as many as 15 in the second half. Meanwhile, Paul eased back in, posting 12 points, six assists and five rebounds in 25 minutes in his first action since suffering a strained hamstring on Dec. 20.

James is going to be James – Returning Paul does not want Harden to change

Source | 21 days ago.

Chris Paul insisted he is happy to accept a role complementing James Harden after the reigning MVP scored 40 more points in the Houston Rockets' 103-98 win over the Orlando Magic. Point guard Paul, a nine-time All-Star, returned from a 17-game absence on Sunday and helped the Rockets to their third straight victory. His comeback from a hamstring injury did not result in a decrease in the numbers of Harden, who extended his streak of scoring at least 30 points to 23 games – a sequence only bettered by Wilt Chamberlain in NBA history.

Rockets guard Paul set to return on Sunday

Source | 22 days ago.

James Harden is about to get some much-needed help, with Chris Paul set to return for the Houston Rockets. Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni said Paul is set to return to the lineup this weekend. "I think he's ready to go, we're just being extra careful," D'Antoni said, via the Houston Chronicle, on Friday.

Paul returns to action as Rockets host Magic

Source | 23 days ago.

In the days immediately after Chris Paul suffered another hamstring injury, the sense of foreboding for the Houston Rockets was palpable thanks in part to the recent memory of their performance in Games 6 and 7 of the 2018 Western Conference Finals with Paul suddenly sidelined. In hindsight, the Rockets had little reason to fret. Reigning MVP James Harden elevated his game into the stratosphere and Houston did more than survive with Paul unavailable, going 12-5 over the 17 games Paul missed, including a 121-119 win over the Toronto Raptors on Friday.

How the Wizards can recapture the magic, playoff race positioning in Orlando

Source | 23 days ago.

How the Wizards can recapture the magic, playoff race positioning in Orlando originally appeared on It's not often that this can be said: a January game between the Washington Wizards and Orlando Magic has important playoff implications. But for Friday night's game, set for a 7 p.m. tipoff on NBC Sports Washington, that is indeed the case.

Wizards survive late Magic rally to earn a key road win

Source | 23 days ago.

The Washington Wizards defeated the Orlando Magic 95-91 on Friday night in the second game of a back-to-back. 1. The Wizards went from playing under the megawatt spotlight that travels with the Golden State Warriors to a low-key road matchup against the Orlando Magic less than 24 hours later. Regardless, imagining a tired Washington sleepwalking into central Florida required little imagination.

Harden excited for Chris Paul's imminent return

Source | 23 days ago.

James Harden's incredible scoring streak may come to an end when Chris Paul returns, but the reigning MVP is ready to welcome the Houston Rockets point guard back with open arms. The injury-ravaged Rockets beat the Toronto Raptors 121-119 on Friday as Harden scored 35 points, continuing his incredible run of having contributed at least 30 points in 22 successive games. All but five of those tallies have been achieved without Paul, the nine-time All-Star having been out since before Christmas due to a hamstring injury.

Russell soars as Nets rally from 21 down to beat Magic

Source | 29 days ago.

D'Angelo Russell drained a clutch three pointer with 27 seconds remaining as the Brooklyn Nets rallied from a 21-point deficit to defeat the Orlando Magic 117-115 on Friday. Russell equalled his career high total with 40 points and his three pointer gave them the lead for the first time since they opened the scoring with the first basket of the contest. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half for Brooklyn, who posted their 16th win in the last 24 games.