The Orlando Magic on Wednesday announced their schedule for the 2014/15 NBA season. The full schedule is available on the team's official website. Here's a look at the highlights:
Orlando opens its season on Tuesday, October 28th, when it visits former Magic big man Ryan Anderson and the New Orleans Pelicans at 8:00 PM.
Two nights later, on Thursday, October 30th, the Magic host John Wall and the up-and-coming Washington Wizards to open their 41-game home slate.
On Friday, December 26th, LeBron James brings his Cleveland Cavaliers to Orlando. James spent the last four seasons as a member of the Miami Heat, with whom he set Amway Center's single-game scoring record in 2011. The title-contending Cavaliers may have All-Star big man Kevin Love in tow, though they cannot officially trade for him until August 23rd.
Former Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, who led Orlando to an NBA Finals appearance in 2009, has since taken over the Detroit Pistons' bench and front office. He makes his return to Orlando on Tuesday, December 30th.
Dwight Howard, the team's all-time leader in points, rebounds, and blocks, brings the Houston Rockets to town on Wednesday, January 14th.
Longtime Magic point guard Jameer Nelson visits the City Beautiful for the first time as an opposing player on Saturday, January 31st, when his Dallas Mavericks come to town.
Rose blooms again
One-time league MVP Derrick Rose will, if healthy, visit Orlando on Sunday, February 8th, along with the Chicago Bulls. A variety of knee injuries has stalled Rose's career, and he hasn't played in Orlando since January 6th, 2012.
Coming off their fifth NBA championship, the San Antonio Spurs visit the Magic on Wednesday, April 1st. Magic coach Jacque Vaughn played for the Spurs, and general manager Rob Hennigan got his start pounding the rock as a member of their front office.
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