Bamba furnished 12 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-3 FT), three rebounds and two blocks across 19 minutes during the Magic's 126-94 preseason loss to the 76ers on Sunday.
Bamba got run again with the starting five as Nikola Vucevic (ankle) sat out the contest. The second-year big man put together an efficient effort that showed off his floor-spacing ability and defensive prowess. Bamba is putting together an encouraging preseason, but it remains to be seen how much of a workload he'll log off the bench when the frontcourt is at full health.
Bamba totaled just six points, adding seven rebounds and two blocks in 18 minutes during Frida's 100-75 preseason loss to Boston.
Bamba was in the starting lineup with Nikola Vucevic (ankle) on the sidelines but managed to put up only modest numbers. He did manage to block two shots, the category of which the bulk of his value is likely to come from this season. He has had a strong preseason thus far but is still not in the discussion for a standard league roster spot.
Bamba is expected to be limited to 15-to-17 minutes during Friday's preseason game against Boston, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
Bamba will draw the start Friday evening, but the team will monitor him closely and keep him on a restriction due to soreness in his leg, per Denton. Khem Birch could see more minutes off the bench with Nikola Vucevic out due to an ankle sprain.
Bamba will start at center in Friday's preseason game against the Celtics, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
With Nikola Vucevic (ankle) ruled out Friday, Bamba will get the start and should see some extended minutes after being limited in the Magic's last game. Khem Birch will operate as Bamba's backup in the absence of Vucevic Friday.
Bamba is expected to play limited minutes Wednesday against Atlanta, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
The reason for the limitation is not clear, though the Magic are likely just being cautious with Bamba, who missed much of his rookie season with a stress fracture in his left leg. The 2018 lottery pick needed only 16 minutes Monday to post 13 points, eight rebounds and two blocks against Detroit.
Bamba produced 13 points (5-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt), eight rebounds and two blocks across 16 minutes during the Magic's 115-91 preseason win over the Pistons on Monday.
Bamba paced the Magic bench in both scoring and rebounds during the big exhibition win. The second-year big averaged 6.2 points 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks across 16.3 minutes over 47 games during his rookie campaign, and his path to a notable increase in playing time this coming campaign seems to remain blocked by Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic, as well as offseason acquisition Al-Farouq Aminu.
Bamba will not play for the remainder of summer league due to general soreness, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
The Magic reportedly never planned on having Bamba available for all of summer league, but with the big man experiencing general soreness, they have decided to cut the summer short for him. It's worth noting that the soreness is not related to the stress fracture that kept Bamba out for the last several months of the season, so this is just Orlando exercising extreme caution.
Bamba will sit out Sunday's Las Vegas Summer League matchup with the Nuggets for rest purposes, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
The Magic are just exercising caution with Bamba, whose minutes and total number of appearances in Las Vegas will be restricted after he was sidelined for the final three months of his rookie season with a tibial stress fracture. Bamba returned to his first competitive action Friday against the Spurs and tallied 15 points in 15 minutes.
Bamba has gained roughly 15 pounds since the start of his rookie year, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Bamba is preparing to play for the Magic's Las Vegas Summer League team, and he told reporters Tuesday that he currently weighs 240 pounds -- nearly 15 pounds more than he weighed at 2018 NBA Draft Combine (225.6 lbs). Adding strength has been a priority for Bamba, especially after he suffered a stress fracture in his lower-leg midway through his rookie season. Now fully healthy, Bamba said he's "nimble as ever" and has become a better rebounder in traffic.
Bamba will be a part of the Magic's summer league team, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Bamba's last NBA game came back on Jan. 31 before he was sidelined for the remainder of the year with a stress fracture in his lower left leg. While Bamba was able to avoid surgery, the injury cost him valuable developmental time, though he's reportedly been working on adding strength and weight over the last several weeks. The No. 6 overall pick in 2018 will be the headliner for a Magic roster that also includes several members of the Lakeland Magic -- the team's G League affiliate. Orlando's 2019 first-rounder, Chuma Okeke, will not be available as he recovers from a torn ACL suffered during the NCAA Tournament.
Bamba has healed from the stress fracture in his left leg, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Bamba first started experiencing discomfort in the leg in mid-January, and though he initially played through the issue, he was eventually shut down at the beginning of February and remained sidelined for the rest of the season. The No. 6 overall pick showed some flashes of the elite shot-blocking that made him a lottery prospect, but he was mostly underwhelming on the offensive end, and he posted the worst individual net rating on the team. Bamba, who indicated he hopes to play at the Las Vegas Summer League, said he's looking forward to working on his game this offseason. "I'm super-excited," Bamba said. "This summer is big. I think everyone in the organization knows how big this summer is going to be for me as far as development. I'm just looking forward to it."
Bamba (lower leg) has been jogging and shooting jumpers in workouts and hopes to play in summer league, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Bamba, who has not played since undergoing surgery in February to repair a tibia stress fracture, is slowly making his way back onto the court. The fact that the big man is optimistic about playing in summer league this year is certainly a great sign for his health heading into the offseason.
Bamba (lower leg) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Celtics.
The Magic haven't offered a timetable for Bamba's return since he underwent surgery in February to address a tibia stress fracture, nor has the team offered an update on his recovery. At this point, it appears highly unlikely that Bamba will make it back for the Magic's regular-season finale Wednesday in Charlotte.
Bamba underwent a procedure recently to address his tibia stress fracture, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports. He has no immediate timetable for a return.
Though it was initially thought that the injury would not require surgery, the organization's belief apparently changed. It's not clear when the rookie will be able to return to the court, but it seems possible he won't play again this season, especially considering the Magic's place in the playoff picture.
Bamba has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower left leg and will miss extended time, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
This is obviously a significant setback for Bamba, who had been serving as the backup center behind Nikola Vucevic, but the good news is that the stress fracture is not expected to require surgery. The rookie doesn't have a firm timetable, but the Magic certainly won't rush him back, and at this point in the season it wouldn't be a surprise if he's shut down at some point to avoid any further damage. "Thankfully we caught this early and are able to treat Mo without surgery," Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman said in a statement. "His return to action will depend on how he responds to treatment." In Bamba's absence, Khem Birch and Jarrell Martin could pick up some minutes off the bench.
Bamba (lower leg) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Thunder, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Bamba is set to miss a second straight game as he continues to nurse a lower left leg injury. The big man is still being evaluated, leaving him without a potential return date at the moment. In his absence, Khem Birch should step in as the team's backup center Tuesday.
Bamba will not play Saturday against the Nets due to lower left leg soreness, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
It's not immediately clear when Bamba suffered the injury, and he's a late scratch for Saturday's contest. The Magic plan on evaluating the rookie further, at which time we may learn more about the situation.
Bamba (illness) isn't listed on the Magic's injury report ahead of Sunday's game against the Rockets.
Coach Steve Clifford indicated Saturday that Bamba's availability for Sunday could be jeopardized due to the illness, but the center's absence from the Magic's injury report implies that he's healthy enough to play. Unless Bamba's condition takes a turn for the worse in the hours leading up to the 7 p.m. EST tipoff, expect Bamba to fill his usual role as the top backup to Nikola Vucevic.
Bamba is dealing with an illness and could miss Sunday's game against Houston, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Coach Steve Clifford said Bamba came down with the illness, which is going around the team, late Friday, and as of Saturday morning he's unsure if Bamba will make the trip to Houston with the team. If the rookie doesn't travel, then he'd likely make his return to action when the Magic return home for Tuesday's matchup with OKC.
Bamba (foot) is expected to play during Friday's contest against the Nets, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Bamba, who has missed the last four games due to a sore left foot, reportedly practiced fully during morning shootaround Friday and is expected to return to action during the matchup against the Nets. The rookie will still likely backup teammate Nikola Vucevic at the center position moving forward.
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