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Orlando Magic

Summary

The Orlando Magic medical team has routinely finished has one of the better staffs in the NBA for a better part of a decade. However, last season was a deviation from the norm with the team finishing 20th in the league with over 200 games lost to injury or illness. A lingering ankle injury limited rookie Jonathan Isaac for most of the season while a hand fracture for big man Nikola Vucevic cost him 23 games.

The offseason was met with the dismal of head coach Frank Vogel and his entire coaching staff. The medical staff also underwent a change as head athletic trainer Keon Weise and head strength and conditioning coach Bill Burgos were let go. High Performance Director David Tenney named Ernest Eugene as Weise’s replacement with Luke Storey taking over for Burgos. Tenney also expanded his team by adding physical therapist Sameer Mehta and hiring Nathan Spencer as a performance and rehabilitation coach.

The qualified group will be tasked with maintaining the health of one of the youngest rosters in the NBA. Isaac, along with rookie Mo Bamba and the recently resigned Aaron Gordon, give the team a promising frontcourt that should help kickstart the team’s turnaround.