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November 16, 2020 11:56 AM
Magic's Mo Bamba: Still dealing with COVID issues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Magic executive Jeff Weltman said Monday that Bamba is still working his way back from a positive COVID diagnosis in June, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports. "Mo is still kind of dealing with the back end of some of his COVID-related issues," Weltmand said. "And we're still working through some of that. But again, Mo's been working his tail off, and I think he's in a good place."

Bamba appeared to make a full recovery after the diagnosis in mid-June, and he joined the Magic for the NBA restart in the Orlando bubble. However, Bamba participated in only the team's first two seeding games before taking a leave of absence and ultimately departing the bubble for a post-COVID analysis. The 2018 lottery pick appears to be moving in the right direction, but the fact that he's still battling COVID-related issues more than five months after the diagnosis is somewhat concerning.

September 3, 2020 05:40 PM
Magic's Mo Bamba: Gets clean bill of health
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bamba (illness) said Wednesday that his doctors don't expect him to experience any long-term effects following his recent recovery from the coronavirus, allowing him to resume playing in 2020-21, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Bamba tested positive for COVID-19 on June 11, but he was cleared to join the Magic in Orlando for the season restart in late July. The seven-foot center didn't feel quite like himself upon returning to action, however, noting specifically that he felt good physically but was nonetheless struggling with his conditioning. The Magic ultimately decided it was best for Bamba to be shut down for the season Aug. 14, after he had only made two brief game appearances in the bubble. Fortunately for Bamba, his post-coronavirus evaluation didn't reveal anything alarming, so he should be in line for a normal offseason. Though Bamba -- who packed on 20 pounds of muscle during the NBA's hiatus -- missed out on the opportunity to test out his new physique in competitive action, the Magic are seemingly optimistic that he'll be ready to take his game up a level in his third NBA season. He'll still likely have to battle Khem Birch for the top backup job behind top center Nikola Vucevic during training camp.

August 15, 2020 02:36 PM
Magic's Mo Bamba: Leaves bubble
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bamba has left the NBA bubble for a comprehensive post-coronavirus evaluation and will be out for the remainder of the season.

Bamba was originally diagnosed with COVID-19 on June 11, and it seems like he hasn't felt fully recovered. He appeared in just two games during the bubble, playing a total of 10 minutes. The Magic's team physicians will work with him to gauge how significant the lingering effects are. Khem Birch should see the vast majority of the backup center minutes in the playoffs.

August 14, 2020 07:16 PM
Magic's Mo Bamba: Sitting out after all
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bamba (undisclosed) will not play in Thursday's regular-season finale against the Pelicans, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.

Bamba was absent from the injury report ahead of Thursday's game after dealing with a migraine that kept him out of Tuesday's loss to Brooklyn. With the Texas product sitting out, look for Nikola Vucevic, Khem Birch, Gary Clark and James Ennis handle the bulk of the frontcourt minutes.

August 12, 2020 02:16 PM
Magic's Mo Bamba: Not on injury report
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bamba (head) is absent from the injury report ahead Thursday's game against New Orleans.

A migraine kept Bamba out of Tuesday's loss to Brooklyn, but the second-year big man hasn't been a part of the regular rotation anyway. He's logged just 10 minutes since the NBA season restarted in Orlando, with Bamba telling Josh Robbins of The Athletic last week that a positive COVID-19 test back in June sidetracked his training before he reported to the NBA bubble. He'll likely slot in as the third center in Thursday's regular-season finale, with Khem Birch serving as the top backup to Nikola Vucevic.

August 11, 2020 11:28 AM
Magic's Mo Bamba: Out Tuesday with migraine
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Magic list Bamba as out for Tuesday's game against the Nets with a migraine.

Bamba has played just 10 total minutes in the Magic's six games since the NBA restarted its season in Orlando in late July, so his absence for Tuesday's game shouldn't have a dramatic impact on coach Steve Clifford's rotation. Khem Birch is locked in as the top backup to starting center Nikola Vucevic.

July 22, 2020 01:56 PM
Magic's Mo Bamba: Seeing limited action in scrimmage
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bamba will see limited action during Wednesday's scrimmage against the Clippers, Dante Marchitelli of Fox Sports Florida reports.

Specifically, Bamba will play limited third and fourth quarters. That said, it's not exactly clear what "limited minutes" means since Bamba was only seeing 14.5 minutes per game before the hiatus.

May 27, 2020 02:48 PM
Magic's Mo Bamba: Adds muscle during shutdown
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bamba said he's added 28 pounds since quarantine started and that most of it is muscle, John Denton of reports.

Bamba noted that he's added just 2.5 percent body fat, so it seems like he's keeping to healthy habits. While Bamba's offensive style relies heavily on three-point shooting, it's possible the added weight could help him score around the rim and grab more rebounds.

February 27, 2020 11:24 AM
Magic's Mo Bamba: Career game in win vs. Hawks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bamba accumulated 15 points (4-7 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 10 rebounds and four blocks across 17 minutes during Wednesday's 130-120 win over the Hawks.

Bamba arguably had the best performance of his career during Wednesday's win. He also became the first player in NBA history to post a double-double with at least four blocks and three made triples in fewer than 20 minutes. Even with that being the case, it seems unlikely Bamba will garner more minutes down the stretch as long as Nikola Vucevic remains healthy.

February 25, 2020 12:52 PM
Magic's Mo Bamba: Ties career-high five blocks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bamba recorded five points (2-4 FG, 1-3 3Pt), five blocks, four rebounds and one assist across 14 minutes during Monday's 115-113 win over the Nets.

Bamba tied his career high with five blocks in Monday's upset victory. Over the past two seasons, he's racked up 11 performances with at least three blocks in fewer than 20 minutes, which is tied with Jakob Poeltl for the second most, only behind Mitchell Robinson (18).

February 20, 2020 01:44 PM
Magic's Mo Bamba: Off injury report
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bamba (illness) is not on the injury report ahead of Friday's game against the Mavericks.

Bamba missed the Magic's final game before the All-Star break due to an illness, but he's healthy now. Since the new year, Bamba is averaging 5.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks across 14.2 minutes.

February 12, 2020 01:36 PM
Magic's Mo Bamba: Out with flu
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bamba (illness) will not play Wednesday against the Pistons, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.

Bamba is dealing with the flu, and while he reportedly still wanted to play, the big man failed to receive clearance from team doctors. Khem Birch should serve as Orlando's backup center Wednesday in place of Bamba, who should be good to go following the All-Star break.

January 27, 2020 02:40 PM
Magic's Mo Bamba: Swats three shots in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bamba recorded 10 points (3-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds, three blocks, one assist and one steal Sunday in the Magic's 112-97 loss to the Clippers.

Bamba turned in one of his more well-rounded lines of the season, but it's worth noting that the Magic scaled back the minutes for most of their starters amid the blowout. In more competitive contests, top center Nikola Vucevic typically plays 30-to-35 minutes, leaving Bamba to fill the remaining 13-to-18 left over. That level of playing time probably isn't going to be enough to make Bamba much more than a deep-league option.

January 11, 2020 08:08 PM
Magic's Mo Bamba: Blocks two shots Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bamba recorded zero points (0-1 FT), four rebounds, two blocks and one assist in 15 minutes during Friday's 98-94 loss to the Suns.

Bamba's role in Orlando's rotation has been relatively minimal all season, even when Nikola Vucevic missed time. That hasn't stopped him from racking up swats, however, as he's 20th in the league with 46 total blocks despite seeing only 15.4 minutes per game. Bamba has six efforts this season with at least two blocks in 15 or fewer minutes, trailing only Daniel Gafford (7) for the most such performances this season.

December 30, 2019 11:44 PM
Magic's Mo Bamba: Logs 13 minutes versus Hawks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bamba had three points (1-4 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 13 minutes during Monday's 101-93 loss to the Hawks.

Bamba returned to the lineup following a two-game absence with an ankle injury. The sophomore center hasn't made much progress from a statistical standpoint thus far this season, but when healthy he's still holding down the job as Nikola Vucevic's backup.

December 30, 2019 05:24 PM
Magic's Mo Bamba: Officially cleared
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bamba (ankle) has been cleared to play Monday against Atlanta.

Bamba has been unavailable for the last two matchups due to a right ankle sprain, but as expected, he's been given the green light Monday. He's averaging 7.7 points and 5.1 rebounds over his last seven games.

December 30, 2019 11:24 AM
Magic's Mo Bamba: Expected to play Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bamba (ankle) is expected to play in Monday's game against the Hawks, John Denton of reports.

According to coach Steve Clifford, Bamba was able to go through shootaround and will play Monday barring an incident. If the unlikely event he's held out, look for Khem Birch to continue to see an uptick in minutes.

December 29, 2019 03:28 PM
Magic's Mo Bamba: Deemed questionable Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bamba (ankle) is considered questionable for Monday's game against Atlanta, John Denton of reports.

Bamba has been nursing a right ankle sprain over the past week and has missed the last two games as a result. The second-year center has stayed relatively healthy for the most part this season after appearing in just 47 matchups during his rookie campaign last year.

December 28, 2019 07:08 PM
Magic's Mo Bamba: Out Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bamba (ankle) is out for Saturday's matchup against the Bucks, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Bamba will be sidelined for a second straight contest as he continues to battle a right ankle sprain. Khem Birch should see backup center minutes as a result.

December 28, 2019 12:48 PM
Magic's Mo Bamba: Questionable Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bamba (ankle) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against Milwaukee, John Denton of reports.

Bamba, who missed Friday's win over Philadelphia due to the same injury, has been upgraded to questionable Saturday. If he's unable to go, Khem Birch figures to see extended minutes for a second-straight game.

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