Jonathan Isaac looked taller. Mo Bamba had a new haircut. Markelle Fultz was in uniform.
The Magic assembled for media day on Monday, giving us our first official look at the team as the 2019-2020 nears (well, I guess the second official look after last week’s Fultz update).
With the Magic coming off their first playoff appearance in seven years, and with the added hope generated by the potential of Fultz, the buzz is evident within the organization and fanbase and on social media.
We have gathered some of the highlights of Orlando Magic media day - from tweets to photos to interviews - and delivered them here for you...
Was going to save this for later, but we are too hyped not to share pic.twitter.com/zceBGbZgQn— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) October 1, 2019
Markelle Fultz was just asked whether the goal is for him to play in the Magic’s preseason opener Saturday in San Antonio. He responded by saying playing in the preseason opener indeed is the goal.— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) September 30, 2019
Markelle Fultz is ready for the season to begin pic.twitter.com/NxmsQPUbba— Be Magic Or Be Gone! (@BeORLMagic) September 30, 2019
The standout line from Magic media day for me was Markelle Fultz speaking emotionally about how much he missed basketball: “Imagine having the thing you love most in the world taken away from you. That’s what happened to me. Now I have it back and will never take it for granted.”— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) September 30, 2019
“Do you expect Markelle Fultz to start or come off the bench?”— Preston Ellis (@PrestonEllis) September 30, 2019
“We’ll see.” - Coach Clifford
The quote of the day from #Magic Media Day goes to shooting guard Terrence Ross. Speaking about the athleticism of 3rd-year forward Jonathan Isaac:: ..."The way JI moves is unreal. It’s like a giraffe moving like a lion. It’s unreal the way he moves for his size..."— Roy Parry (@osroyparry) September 30, 2019
What’s this about T Ross calling me a giraffe— Jonathan Isaac (@JJudahIsaac) September 30, 2019
Mo looks more aerodynamic with the new haircut pic.twitter.com/0W0Whu2U30— Close Up Magic (@TheCloseUpMagic) September 30, 2019
Mo Bamba walks past Jonathan Isaac and yells “Millennials and their haircuts!” pic.twitter.com/CR4IZ34Zou— Jonathan J. (Redacted) (@Jontimus_Prime) September 30, 2019
Why is Vooch out here looking like The Incredible Hulk pic.twitter.com/DBv1wrPZhf— Be Magic Or Be Gone! (@BeORLMagic) September 30, 2019
All Magic players talked about their defense and how good it could be. Reminder: Orlando was the #1 defense in the NBA for most of the second half of the season. They've got guys at all 5 spots who can be plus defenders.— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) September 30, 2019
Everyone owned the need to be better on offense too.
Aaron Gordon says that USA Basketball did not approach him to play in the World Cup this summer.— Zach Oliver (@ZachOliverNBA) September 30, 2019
Predicting an All Star Year for @Double0AG— Huncho Hoops (@HunchoHoops) September 30, 2019
"Alot of people have been waiting for my Offense to catch up to my Defense, it took a couple of years but I believe I'm there"
He is still ONLY 24 entering his 6th season
: @The_Wyatt_Alan pic.twitter.com/hOlDj5KFNh
Reporter: AG, what are your biggest accomplishments so far— Jeff WeltGawd (@MagicMan816) September 30, 2019
AG: Making the playoffs and winning the Dunk Contest
Reporter: but LaVine..
AG: (Stares into the reporter's soul for several seconds) You know I won that shit
Reporter: I know you won that shit #TheMagicAreDopeAF pic.twitter.com/jAjsuECSii
These two are pure entertainment pic.twitter.com/xenw52I7Zm— Close Up Magic (@TheCloseUpMagic) September 30, 2019
Jeff Weltman is a true magician this guy doesn’t get enough credit. You get a real sense this organization as a whole really is VERY EXCITED pic.twitter.com/Vdp74hvUZl— Wyatt Alan (@The_Wyatt_Alan) September 30, 2019