Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Orlando Magic Open Practice Footage

It wasn't pretty at times, but about 3,000 people got to watch the Orlando Magic participate in a free, open practice scrimmage on Monday night. It consisted of two 20-minute periods. I recorded about 95% of the contest. Jacque Vaughn did very little coaching as it was mostly his assistants handling the 'black' and 'white' teams during huddles and normal play calling situations. Maurice Harkless made his first public debut in front of the Amway Center faithful as he was recovering from offseason sports hernia surgery. The rookie out of St. John's showed decent defensive poise and a knack for scoring when he actually touched the ball. Harkless' length was well-displayed in the open court, as well as with a smooth jumpshot stroke that won't be blocked easily. Maurice proved to be a handful for Afflalo and Hedo on both ends. Afflalo drilled some jumpers, but allowed opponents like JJ Redick to score at an alarming rate and efficiency. 'Redickulous' put on an offensive show and continuously received the louder crowd reactions. Ish Smith looked fantastic. Way more impressive than E'Twaun Moore. Ish's jumper is better than ever after shoulder surgery. Vucevic had a nifty alley oop jam from Moore, as well as a lengthy delay after being popped in the nose. Nik didn't have many shining moments to Kyle O'Quinn's full credit. It's an awesome sight viewing Hedo actually sprint in transition and pass up chucks for drives to the rim. DeQuan Jones and Gustavo Ayon didn't participate in the scrimmage. Jones has a strained muscle in his hip region, and Ayon is still healing his sprained left thumb. Al Harrington was in warm-ups, but didn't play as the former Nugget is recovering from multiple knee surgeries.

Enjoy the videos below and my half-hearted play-by-play. My camcorder did run out of memory before the finish as JJ Redick pump-faked Kyle O'Quinn and earned a foul line trip on a 3-pointer. Redick only makes 2-of-3 from the stripe and the contest ends in a tie as Glen Davis missed a turnaround jumper with .9 seconds left. Some of the Amway Center crowd booed, but do you really want to risk more injury with overtime considering Big Baby damn near killed Andrew Nicholson on a collision? The "No More Duhon!" chants were hilarious. However, I would've much preferred hearing Stan Van Gundy's raspy voice on the microphone, or even a P.A. Announcer. While there are 3 regular season games tonight to begin the NBA season, Magic host Denver on Friday to start their 2012-2013 campaign.

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