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Monday Night w/Nick & Co. Podcast: June 26th, 2017

Jun 26, 2017 -- 8:29pm

Check out the latest Monday Night with Nick & Company Podcast. On today's show: 

  • Nick Gryniewicz thinks the NBA Awards Show is anti-climactic and takes some of the juice out of the MVP and other awards races. Chris Crawford disagrees. 
  • Nick and Chris both pick their winning team for Ice Cube's Big 3 tournament. Chris has the Ghost Ballers going all the way. Nick took Killer 3s.
  • Nick says the Magic couldn't have matched the offer the Minnesota Timberwolves made for Jimmy Butler, and shouldn't have traded for Butler. 
  • Chris Crawford says that Serena Williams could compete on the men's tennis circuit. 

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Monday Night w/Nick & Co. Podcast: June 19, 2017

Jun 19, 2017 -- 8:23pm

Check out the latest Monday Night with Nick & Company Podcast. On today's show: 

  • Nick Gryniewicz and Chris Crawford react to Paul George telling the Pacers he is leaving in free agency. 
  • The guys debate whether the Orlando Magic can get involved in trade talks and take advantage of desperate teams. 
  • Would the Magic try to get Kevin Love from the Cavaliers in exchange for helping the Cavs acquire JImmy Butler or Paul George? 
  • Nick and Chris react to the news that Cavaliers GM David Griffin and the organization are parting ways. 
  • Jamie Watson joins the show to talk about Orlando City and the upcoming International Champion's Cup. 

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Nick's Notes: The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor

May 24, 2017 -- 8:13pm

The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor joins Live Local & Loud. Here's what he dicussed with Nick Gryniewicz:

  • What does Kevin think of the Magic hiring Jeff Weltman and John Hammond?
  • Can we predict what that Magic will do in the draft based on Weltman and Hammond being hired? 
  • Would Duke's Jayson Tatum, FSU's Jonathan Issac or NC State's Dennis Smith Jr. be a good fit for the Magic? 
  • Is Elfrid Payton the long time answer at point guard in Orlando? 

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10 Things You Need to Know About Jeff Weltman

May 23, 2017 -- 2:27pm

The Orlando Magic have hired Toronto Raptors GM Jeff Weltman as President of Basketball Operations. Weltman signed a five-year deal with the Magic after spending the past four seasons with the Toronto Raptors. 

Here are 10 Thins You Need to Know About Orlando Magic President of Basketball Opeations Jeff Weltman: 

  1. Jeff Weltman is the first President of Basketball Operations in Orlando Magic franchise history. In the past, the General Manager has reported directly to Magic CEO Alex Martins. With Weltman in place, the Magic have another layer of management in basketball operations. Weltman will report directly to Martins, the general manager will report to Weltman.  
  2. Weltman was previously with the Toronto Raptors. He was hired by Masai Ujiri in 2013 when Ujurai became the Raptors General Manager.
  3. Weltman was promoted to the role of General Manager in Toronto in September 2016 when Ujiri was named the Raptors’ President of Basketball Operations. Weltman has been described as “deeply involved in every aspect of the Raptors front office.” Ujiri did have final say on all personnel decisions.
  4. Weltman be in charge of hiring a new general manager. Acting Magic General Manager Matt Lloyd is a candidate for the permanent job. According to reports, Lloyd will remain with the organization in some role.
  5. Weltman spent five seasons as an assistant general manager with the Milwaukee Bucks before he was in Toronto. He was with the team when they drafted Giannis Antetokounmpo in the 2013 NBA Draft.
  6. Weltman and Orlando Magic Head Coach Frank Vogel have something in common; they both began their careers as video coordinators. Vogel started his career as the head video coordinator with the Boston Celtics. Weltman began his NBA journey with the Los Angeles Clippers as a video coordinator in 1988
  7.  The Orlando Magic have not made the playoffs in five seasons, the longest drought in franchise history. Jeff Weltman is familiar with snapping playoff droughts; he spent five seasons with the Denver Nuggets where he helped develop the team into one that broke an eight-year playoff drought.
  8. Weltman was with the Denver Nuggets in 2003 when they drafted Carmelo Anthony with the 3rd overall pick.
  9. Weltman has 25 years of basketball experience. He has worked in different roles in the front-offices of the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons, Utah Jazz and Toronto Raptors. He has never run an NBA basketball operations department.
  10. Jeff Weltman is a basketball lifer. His late father, Harry Weltman, was the General Manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Spirits of St. Louis of the American Basketball Association.  

 

MMQB's Robert Klemko on FSU RB Dalvin Cook's Red Flags

Apr 27, 2017 -- 12:35pm

The MMQB.com's Robert Klemko spoke with Nick Gryniewicz and Jerry Daniels on Live Local & Loud about his look into former FSU RB and NFL Draft prospect Dalvin Cook's past and the reasons why NFL teams are concerned about selecting him in the 2017 NFL Draft. 

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Monday Night w/Nick & Co. Podcast: April 24th, 2017

Apr 24, 2017 -- 8:56pm

Check out the latest iMonday Night with Nick & Company Podcast. On today's show: 

  • Nick says that both Russell Westbrook and the reporter who asked about bench production were right. Why does anyone have to be wrong? 
  • What will happen with the Clippers this offseason? 
  • Did the Cavs silence the doubters with a sweep of the Pacers? 
  • NBA team stock market: Nick and Chris both are buying on the Milwaukee Bucks. 

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Nicky Football's #MagicRapidReactions: Magic 131, Hawks 120

Dec 13, 2016 -- 10:27pm

After every Magic game, Nick Gryniewicz gives his #MagicRapidReactions. Keep an eye on twitter @ESPN580Nick for Nick's latest audio breakdown and blog post each evening. 

Nicky Football’s 5 Magic Rapid Reactions: Magic 131, Hawks 120

  1. Hot Potato Offense – The Magic shared the ball on Tuesday night, totaling a season-high 36 assists. This is clearly how the Magic’s offense is going to have to operate the entire season with the ball moving quickly around the floor, finding the open man. Serge Ibaka had a great night in that Magic offense; totally 29 points in 32 minutes. The Magic spread the wealth in their best offensive performance of the season; five players scored in double figures on Tuesday night. This game had an ABA feel to it. The 131 points and 58.6% shooting are a season-highs for the Magic.  
  2. Bench Points – The Magic bench scored 62 points on Tuesday night. The 62 points came from just three players; Elfrid Payton, Jodie Meeks and Jeff Green. Jodie Meeks, the Georgia-native had his best game as a member of the Orlando Magic, scoring 20 points on 7-10 shooting, making 4-6 from three.
  3. Road Warriors? – With a win in Atlanta on Tuesday night, the Magic moved to 7-7 on the road this year. If it weren’t for the Magic’s success on the road this year, this team would clearly be buried. If only they could figure out how to translate some of these good performances to the home court. Would be nice to play well in front of the home fans, but the Magic are just 4-8 at home this season.
  4. Elfrid Payton  – I’ve given Nik Vucevic a lot of credit for taking his demotion to a reserve role professionally. It is time to do the same thing for Elfrid Payton. Since that move a few weeks ago, Payton has been a nice spark off the bench for the Magic. Tuesday night Payton had, arguable, his best night as a pro for the second time in about a week. Payton notched career highs in points (26) and assists (14) and had just two turnovers. This performance comes exactly a week after Payton totaled a then-career high 25 points in a win over the Washington Wizards. Payton said postgame on ESPN 580 that he is starting to trust his reworked shot more – clearly it is paying off.
  5. What’s Next? – The Magic go back-to-back and host the LA Clippers on Wednesday night at the Amway Center. The game starts a three-game home stand for the Magic. 

Quick Hitters

  • Mario Hezonja –Once again, Mario Hezonja was missing in action on Tuesday night. The Croatian product played just two minutes in garbage time after the game was easily in hand. Clearly Hezonja is out of the Frank Vogel’s rotation. I think it would be best for the team to send him to the Magic’s NBA D-League team in Erie, Pennsylvania. The move will help Hezonja get some regular shots and competitive minutes on the basketball court. Hezonja hasn’t played more than 9 minutes in a game since November 11th. If you send Hezonja down to the D-League, maybe he gets his rhythm back and can provide the team with a real offensive spark off the bench when he returns. The move could also motivate the second year, 1st-round pick that has lacked intensity on the defensive end of the floor.
  • Dwight Howard – Since leaving the Magic via trade after the 2012 season, Dwight Howard teams are 8-9 against the Orlando Magic. Dwight looked good on Tuesday night, scoring 20 points on 9-10 shooting with 16 rebounds.
  • Magic Defense Struggles…Again – Yeah it might feel ‘glass half full’, but the Magic gave up 120 points and 50% shooting on Tuesday night. That is fine when you score 131, but the Magic are not constructed to score like that night in and night out. The past four games; the Magic have given up big numbers to Boston (117), Charlotte (109), Denver (121), and now, Atlanta (120). If this team doesn’t figure it out on the defensive end, they’re in for a long season. Conventional wisdom tells us that the problem is fatigue and the absence of Nik Vucevic, but Frank Vogel needs to find a solution.  
  • Nik Vucevic– Magic C Nik Vucevic missed a second straight game on Tuesday night with a back injury. Vucevic did practice on Monday, but according to the team did not respond well after. I’d bet that Frank Vogel wanted to give Vucevic an extra night off in preparation of playing the Clippers and DeAndre Jordan on Wednesday night. Orlando will need all their big bodies to throw at a good Clippers team. I think he plays on Wednesday.

 

Nicky Football's #MagicRapidReactions: Hornets 109, Magic 88

Dec 09, 2016 -- 9:35pm

After every Magic game, Nick Gryniewicz gives his #MagicRapidReactions. Keep an eye on twitter @ESPN580Nick for Nick's latest audio breakdown and blog post each evening. 

Nicky Football’s 5 Magic Rapid Reactions:

  1. Fatigue – I don’t know any way to put it, but the schedule is eat the Magic alive. After going back-to-back Wednesday night on the heels of a five game roadie; the Magic went right back out on the road for a game at the Charlotte Hornets. Orlando looked a step slow and sluggish all night long. Even the guys that normally come with energy, like DJ Augustin, have had some of their pep snuffed out by this difficult stretch. From my perspective, even though the past two games haven’t turned out good, this team hasn’t looked as bad as it did the first 15-18 games (for what it is worth).
  2. Shooting Struggles Continue – The Magic shot a whopping 48% from the field during their five game road trip, winning four of five. During this two game skid, Orlando is shooting just 37% (64-172). Once again, fatigue plays into this, but guys like DJ Augustin, Jeff Green and Evan Fournier have slumped. Unless someone on the bench gets going, Saturday night’s game against Denver could get ugly too. Beck was right; There Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked.
  3. Injuries – The Magic lost Nik Vucevic, Bismack Biyombo and Jeff Green on Friday night due to injuries. Biyombo left in the third quarter and did not return, he was grabbing at his left shoulder. Vucevic suffered a back injury after colliding with Roy Hibbert in the fourth quarter. Jeff Green appeared to tweak something in his foot midway through the fourth quarter. All three players will be reevaluated when the team returns to Orlando on Saturday.
  4. Block Party OVER?  – Grab a ‘member berry’ (if you don’t get it, just disregard) real quick and think back to the Magic’s win over the Washington Wizards on Monday night. Remember? The Magic had 13 blocks in the game and dominated the paint. In the two games since? Oh, I’m glad you asked. The Magic have totaled just three blocks. Three. Two of those three game on Friday night against the Charlotte Hornets. I hate to continue to point back to fatigue, but clearly this team isn’t rotating on defense, and is slow getting off the ground.  
  5. What’s Next? – The Magic return home for their fourth game in five nights against the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets are playing their fifth of six straight road game, but did get Friday night off and will be waiting for the Magic in Orlando. Tipoff is at 7:00. Scott Anez has Inside Magic beginning at 6:00 on ESPN 580 Orlando.

Quick Hitters

  • Mario to the D-League? –Orlando Magic coach Frank Vogel said prior to Friday night’s game in Charlotte that the organization had conversations about sending the 2nd year shooting guard to the NBA Developmental League. The Magic’s D-League team, the Bayhawks, are in Erie, Pennsylvania. Hezonja has played sparingly the past 15 games; he’s played in just six games, averaging five minutes (mostly in garbage time) with nine ‘Did Not Play Coaches Decision’ (DNPCD). Perhaps a trip to Erie would be good for Hezonja. The Croatian product could get some regular play time and shots. It would be a tough pill for Rob Hennigan to swallow after he drafted Hezonja with the fifth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.   
  • Three Point Attempts – This game got out of hand. I get that. But I’m surprised to see that the Magic attempted 34 three pointers. That’s ten more three point attempts than the Magic have averaged per game this season (24.4). I’d say any time the Magic are shooting more than 25 three pointers in a game, things are either going great or not so great…not really anything in between. Tonight it was the latter.
  • Where is the offense?– I don’t think it surprises many that the Magic are struggling to score. But did anyone think that it would be this hard? Watch the Magic on offense, then go watch the Golden State Warriors. It’s like they’re playing two different sports. Going in to Friday night’s game against the Hornets, the Magic were 28th in the NBA in offensive efficiency, 97.5. Friday’s 88 points sure didn’t help that ranking.  

 

Nicky Football's #MagicRapidReactions: Celtics 117, Magic 87

Dec 07, 2016 -- 9:49pm

After every Magic game, Nick Gryniewicz gives his #MagicRapidReactions. Keep an eye on twitter @ESPN580Nick for Nick's latest audio breakdown and blog post each evening. 

Nicky Football’s 5 Magic Rapid Reactions: Celtics 117, Magic 87

  1. Schedule Loss – Okay, okay, I know I sound like a homer here, but this game is the perfect example of an NBA schedule loss. The Magic just finished up a five-game road trip and were greeted by a back-to-back game against the Boston Celtics. The Magic looked exhausted all night long. They hung with the Celtics for the first half, but finally gave up the ghost in the second. There was a feeling throughout the game that the Magic were walking a fine line and they finally fell off a cliff in the second half. They were just a step slow.
  2. No Isiah Thomas, no problem – The Boston Celtics were without all-star, starting point guard Isiah Thomas on Wednesday night due to a groin strain. Thomas flew back to Boston to get therapy on the groin injury, leaving Marcus Smart to start in his place. Smart played well, scoring 13 points with three assists in 26 minutes. Terry Rozier had himself a night backing up Smart, scoring 16 points.  
  3. No Interior Defense – A night after posting 13 blocks, the Orlando Magic’s interior defense was a no show against the Celtics. Orlando had just one block and allowed 58 points in the paint. The Magic’s defense was a civ and played with nowhere near the intensity it did during the five-game roadie.
  4. Avery Bradley – Bradley was sensational on Wednesday night. Playing without Isiah Thomas, the Celtics needed someone to step up and it was Avery Bradley. The shooting guard scored 23 points and played well on the defensive end. Bradley shot 7-14 from the floor, including 3-5 from three-point range.
  5. 3rd quarter – The entire game swung in the third quarter. The Magic hung with the Celtics for the entire first half, and led 50-49 at intermission. The Celtics opened the 3rd quarter on an 18-4 run, effectively ending the game. The Magic put up a few runs in the 2nd half, but never were able to recover from that big Boston run. Avery Bradley was sensational for the Celtics on both ends of the floor, scoring 23 points with 3 assists.  

Quick Hitters

  • Shooting Outage-After posting a shooting percentage of 47% or better the past three game, the Magic shot just 37% (30-81) from the floor on Wednesday. Couple those struggles with Boston’s big night from the floor; the Celtics made 41 field goals and shot 51%, the night was over quickly.  
  • Evan Fournier – It was a miserable night for Evan Fournier. The Magic swingman shot just 4-14 from the floor and had 14 points. At time Fournier looked lost, including during a sequence that resulted in a shot clock violation in the fourth quarter; Fournier held the ball on the wing while pressured and clearly was unaware that the clock was winding down, resulting in a turnover. I’m not hitting the panic button, but there should be some concern about Fournier’s play. In his last three, Fournier is shooting a dismal 21% (9-42) from the field.
  • What’s next – The Magic continue their four-games-in-five-nights stretch on Friday night in Charlotte against the Hornets. It will be the first meeting of the season between the Magic and Hornets. After winning 8 of their first 11 games, the Hornets have struggled as of late, going just 5-5 in their last 10.  

 

Nicky Football's #MagicRapidReactions: Magic 124, Wizards 116

Dec 06, 2016 -- 9:50pm

After every Magic game, Nick Gryniewicz gives his #MagicRapidReactions. Keep an eye on twitter @ESPN580Nick for Nick's latest audio breakdown and blog post each evening. 

Nicky Football’s 5 Magic Rapid Reactions:

  1. Crisis Averted….for now – Oh what a difference a week makes. A week ago, when the Magic started this five game road trip, it felt as if the sky was falling. The Magic were 6-11, had lost four straight and were beginning a five game trip against the likes of the Spurs, Pistons and Wizards. The outlook was bleak. Magic fans wanted the GM fired, the organization held accountable and every player traded for LeBron James. After Tuesday’s 124-116 win over the Washington Wizards, the Magic finished the road trip 4-1 with the only loss coming by one point to the Memphis Grizzlies. In the midst of a four-game-in-five-night stretch, the Magic are 10-12, just two games under the .500 mark, and are showing signs of getting it together.  
  2. They’re having fun - It sounds (or reads?) trivial, but watching the Magic against the Wizards on Tuesday night, one thing is clear; this team is having fun. The entire team has taken to Serge Ibaka’s ‘two thumbs down’ gesture after a block. Bismack Biyombo borrowed it after a block in the first half. The entire team joined in the ‘thumbs down’ festivities after a massive Biyombo slam dunk in the 2nd half. We saw smiles from guys like Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton and Evan Fournier during big offensive plays. Kudos to Frank Vogel, throughout the early season he has preached positivity and togetherness. Tonight we saw this team building chemistry and coming together (of course, winning definitely helps).
  3. Elfrid Payton – Tuesday night’s performance, to my memory, was the best we’ve seen by Elfrid Payton in an Orlando Magic jersey. At the very least, Tuesday night was the best Payton has looked since his rookie season in Orlando (remember the Jacque Vaughn, James Borrego days…me neither). Payton scored a career high 25 points with 9 assists. Elfrid started 9-9 from the floor, his best shooting night of the season, including 22 points in the first half. If this is the Elfrid Payton the Magic are going to get the rest of the year, rest easy Magic fans, we have a point guard. Unfortunately, we have over two seasons of shooting numbers to suggest the contrary. Let’s hope that Payton finally starts to stroke it from the field a bit better.  
  4. John Wall – Let me put it simply: John Wall is an assassin. Tuesday night John Wall tried to will the Wizards to a win and almost got them over the top. Wall scored a career high 52 points on Tuesday night, 18 of those points came in the 4th quarter. The Kentucky product was unstoppable all night. Someone remind me, why do I hear about the Wizards mulling over trading this guy every single year? If anything, it is Bradley Beal that is on his way out of D.C.
  5. Bench Scoring – The bench came to play on Tuesday night. The Magic got 73 points from its bench on Tuesday night, led by Elfrid Payton’s 25 points. Jeff Green poured in a season-high 20 points and Jodie Meeks added 18 in his third game back from injury. The Magic bench fell just 12 points short of a franchise record for a second-unit (85 points set on March 26th, 1995 against the Golden State Warriors).

Quick Hitters

  • Block Party - The Magic snuffed out 13 shots on Tuesday night against the Wizards, a season high.
  • Offensive Outburst - The Magic scored a season-high 124 points on Tuesday night. The next highest point total this season was 119 on November 13th against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Seven Magic players scored in double figures, led by Elfrid Payton’s 25 points.
  • Why I hate the +/- statistic - Wizards PG John Wall scored a career-high 52 points Tuesday night and had a -1 plus-minus. Something about that seems really dumb to me. Either I am dumb, or the stat is dumb, I’m not sure which.
  • Beware the Men of the Congo – Defensively, the Magic may have the best 1-2 punch in the NBA with Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo in the middle. The Men of the Congo combined for 7 blocks and 18 rebounds on Tuesday night. Statistics aside, Biyombo and Ibaka are providing some great energy for a team that has been searching for a pulse the past 4+ seasons.  
  • Stemming the Tide – I think everyone watching knew the Wizards (and I mean John Wall) would go on a run in the fourth quarter. How would the Magic respond? In a word: Well. Jeff Green may have hit the shot of the game with 2:42 to play and the Magic up by 10, Green made a three to put Orlando up 13 and swing momentum a bit.
  • What’s next – The Magic host the Boston Celtics at the Amway Center on Wednesday night, continuing a four-game-in-five-night stretch. Going back-to-back after a five game road trip will prove to be a tough test for Orlando.  

 

Nicky Football's #MagicRapidReactions: Magic 105, 76ers 88

Dec 03, 2016 -- 9:16am

After every Magic game, Nick Gryniewicz gives his #MagicRapidReactions. Keep an eye on twitter @ESPN580Nick for Nick's latest audio breakdown and blog post each evening. 

Nicky Football’s 5 Magic Rapid Reactions:

  1. Bounce Back Factor – I know it’s the Philadelphia 76ers, but a win after that abysmal effort against Memphis feels big for the Magic. Following the victory in San Antonio, the Magic came out looking flat and disinterested against Memphis, losing to an injury riddled Grizzlies team (which was basically Mark Gasol, D-Leaguers and dudes that should be playing in China) 95-94 after two late Gasol free throws. Friday night the Magic once again started slow, a calling card for this team, scoring just three points in the first five minutes. Orlando did bounce back with a solid effort against Philly to move to 2-1 on the five game road trip. The Magic had more effort, intensity and focus during any five minute stretch of this game than they did against Memphis on Wednesday night. That being stated, it is the Philadelphia 76ers.   
  2. Defense Travels – This motto, coined by Frank Vogel after the win in San Antonio, is going to have to be the rally cry for the Magic this season. The defense has traveled on this road trip; the Magic rank first in the NBA in opponent points per game the past ten games at 90.6 ppg. Friday the Magic held an opponent to less than 90 points for the sixth time this season in twenty games.  Orlando held Philadelphia to 37.9% shooting; in two of the first three games of the Magic’s five game road trip they’ve held opponents to less than 40% shooting.
  3.  Aaron Gordon – As I tweeted early in the first half, “who is this Aaron Gordon and what has he done with Aaron Gordon”. It looked like aliens had abducted the Magic swingman and replaced him with a competent shooter. Gordon scored a season-high 20 points Friday night. He was 9-14 from the floor after shooting 8-27 his previous three games. We need to see a lot more, but if this is the Aaron Gordon (and I highly doubt it) the Magic are going to get the rest of the season, the offense is going to see a nice improvement. Not to throw water on Gordon’s effort, but AG has scored twenty points or more just five times in his career. Those efforts have come against Philadelphia three times, Sacramento and Brooklyn; not exactly the cream of the crop in the NBA.
  4. Jodie Meeks – It was great to see Jodie Meeks get on the floor for the first time this year. Making his Magic debut after working back from a foot injury, Meeks scored 10 points with three steals in 17 minutes, while shooting 2 for 3 from 3-point range. By no means do I think that Jodie Meeks will be the savoir for this season, but his threat to shoot should open the floor a bit for teammates. Anything that can help the struggling Magic offense at this point feels like a giant lift; through twenty games, Orlando is 29th in the NBA in scoring (92.9).
  5. What’s next? – the Magic play in Detroit on Sunday night against the Pistons. Detroit, winners of three straight and five of six, looks like it is beginning to put it all together. Former Magic SF Tobias Harris leads the team in scoring (17.1 ppg) and seemingly has found a fit in Stan Van Gundy’s offense. Something to watch; Detroit leads the NBA in turnovers per game with just 11. Can the Magic defense force the Pistons to make some mistakes? We shall see.

 Quick Hitters:

  • The Magic finished Friday’s win over the 76ers 13-26 from 3-point range. It’s the fourth time Orlando has his ten or more 3-point shots in a game; they’re 4-0 in those games.
  • Since getting moved to the bench on November 27th, Magic C Nik Vucevic is averaging a double-double, 14.8 points and 12.0 rebounds. You have to tip your cap to Nik for his professionalism. No one is ever happy about being benched.
  • Magic swingman Aaron Gordon has five 20-plus point performances in his career. Three of those performances have come against the Philadelphia 76ers, including a career-high 22 points twice.
  • Mario is Missing – Mario Hezonja continues to be in witness protection. In Orlando’s last six games, Hezonja has played in four (with 2 DNPCDs), and made just one of five field goal attempts. It’s hard for a young player like Hezonja to stay in rhythm with so few opportunities, maybe a stint in the NBA D-League would be good for him.  

LIVE LOCAL & LOUD: Kay Rawlins Interview (PART 3)

Jul 30, 2016 -- 8:00am

In part 3 of the interview, Orlando City Soccer VP of Community Relations Kay Rawlins joined Nick Gryniewicz and Jerry Daniels on Live Local & Loud to discuss Orlando City's match against Stoke City and more.

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LIVE LOCAL & LOUD: Kay Rawlins Interview (PART 2)

Jul 30, 2016 -- 7:56am

In part 2 of the interview, Orlando City Soccer VP of Community Relations Kay Rawlins joined Nick Gryniewicz and Jerry Daniels on Live Local & Loud to discuss the current state of Orlando City Soccer and how the team helped with the healing after the Pulse Night Club Shooting. 

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LIVE LOCAL & LOUD: Kay Rawlins Interview (PART 1)

Jul 30, 2016 -- 7:19am

In part 1 of the interview, Orlando City Soccer VP of Community Relations Kay Rawlins joined Nick Gryniewicz and Jerry Daniels on Live Local & Loud to discuss how the Lions came to be in Orlando.

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Nick's Notes: Orlando Predators head coach Rob Keefe

Jun 15, 2016 -- 8:24pm

Orlando Predators head coach Rob Keefe joined Nick Gryniewicz on ESPN Afternoons with Scott Anez and talked about the Orlando Terror Attack, how the team is helping support the community and how the Arena Football League is honoring the victims. 

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Nick's Notes: Super Bowl Champ Charles Woodson

Jun 01, 2016 -- 8:42pm

Super Bowl Champion, 9-time NFL Pro Bowler and current ESPN NFL Analyst Charles Woodson talks with Nick about the NFL Pro Bowl's move to Orlando, his Pro Bowl memories and gives his 'Way Too Early Super Bowl Pick'. 

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Golden State and San Antonio BORING

Jan 28, 2016 -- 11:20am

The NBA has never been more interesting, yet anti-climactic all at once. It hasn’t. As I sit here jotting down a few notes in advance of Thursday’s ESPN Afternoons with Scott Anez (4-6p Monday-Friday on ESPN 580), the TV, on mute, brightly flashes the Spurs-Rockets game. I watched the first half, and early minutes of the third quarter, but quickly gave up on the game after the Spurs built a double-digit lead.

 

This game is over.

 

I thought to myself as I sat a stared at the television. The Rockets are cooked. The Spurs are too good. Why even watch the end of the game?

 

I didn’t.

 

I merely waited for the Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks game to start; a game that undoubtedly would have a similar result.

 

My frustration with the NBA double-header on the television got me thinking; has the league ever had a collection of teams this exciting, that blow out teams with such frequency resulting in a majority the games becoming unwatchable?

 

As I finish writing this sentence, the Warriors are already mauling the Mavericks. Someone should start loading the shotgun. Poor Dirk.

 

Fact is, the Spurs and Warriors are both beating teams, on average, by double figures. Golden State’s point differential is +12.5, San Antonio’s +13.9.  The sheer carnage that these two teams are leaving in their wake each night has overshadowed the exciting brand of basketball on display. For as exciting as these two juggernauts are, due to a lack of nightly competition, I find myself bored.

 

Do I have a point, or am I just being an unruly millennial? Don’t answer that. (I already know Scott Anez’s answer.)

 

The last time I remember wanting to fast forward to the conference finals like this wasn’t that long ago. It was the Eastern Conference in 2013-14 when we knew the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat were destined to meet. But even those teams had a point differential of less than five. They were tested nightly.

 

The Mavericks just fell into a zone defense against Steph Curry….OH GOD.

 

For all the greatness and impressive style of basketball we have seen this year out of Golden State and San Antonio, this kind of dominance is bad for the NBA, especially if it persists past this season. Fans enjoy dominance, but not for long periods of time; just look at Alabama in college football and ESPN’s ratings for the National Championship.

 

The NBA, just like the NFL, MLB and all sports leagues, is a television show that thrives on drama and intrigue. In a successful show, a character goes through adversity. I don’t see any coming for these two teams for another four months. If we already know the ending, why watch the rest of the show? The lack of a villain in the NBA at all has led to a void of drama. There is no Heat or Cavaliers team to love or hate. Most teams in the league this year are either likeable or milk toast. We all love the Warriors and respect the Spurs. The Cavaliers are the most boring first place team in recent memory. The most intriguing story of the first half of the season is a fourth place team’s forward, who everyone mostly likes, broke his hand on the team’s assistant trainer.

 

It seems that in a time where the league has two of the most exciting teams in NBA history, the league is searching for something to keep fans intrigued until late April.

 

 

Someone wake me for the Western Conference Finals. That series should be for the NBA title. The Cavaliers can play the Oklahoma City Thunder for the JV title.

 

END OF THE 1st ---- WARRIORS UP 10 --- CUE THE CREDITS --- I GUESS IT COULD BE CLOSE, THAT’S WHY THEY PLAY THE GAMES.

 

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Herm Edwards on Monday Night Countdown

Nov 03, 2015 -- 3:21pm

Herm Edwards joined the Monday Night Countdown crew and talked about Andrew Luck's struggles, Peyton Manning's Sunday Night performance, as well as other major NFL headlines. 

 

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