As a prelude to the networks’ season-long coverage of Orlando Magic basketball, the Orlando Magic Preseason Special is scheduled to premiere on Sun Sports Friday, October 17 at 6:30pm and on FSN Florida Thursday, October 23 at 6:30pm with multiple replays on both networks before the start of the regular 2008-09 NBA season.
The half-hour show, hosted by Paul Kennedy, will preview the upcoming season, introduce fans to the new faces on the team and look at the celebratory plans for the Magic’s 20th anniversary season. Sun Sports and FSN Florida’s Magic play-by-play announcer, David Steele speaks with Magic General Manager Otis Smith about his off-season moves, the return of Tony Battie, and his expectations for this season.
Magic fans will hear from reporter Whit Watson who offers a special feature during an interview with Mickael Pietrus, the Magic’s big summer free agent acquisition. Former Magic star and Community Ambassador Nick Anderson, who was the Magic’s first college draft pick, goes one-on-one with this year’s first round draft selection, Courtney Lee.
The special concludes with Kennedy, Steele, Watson and Anderson presenting their thoughts and predictions for the upcoming Magic season. As the Magic mark their 20th season, this also marks the 20th season of Magic basketball on Sun Sports and the second year Magic games will be seen on FSN Florida.