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Updated: 04/19/2017 08:30:01AM

There’s going to be Magic in Polk now

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PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Middle school students from Cypress Lake compete to put together a sign that will show what the D-League minor league basketball team name will be. They competed against a team of girls which won the contest and revealed the Lakeland Magic.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins fields questons from the press Wednesday at Cypress Lakes Middle School about the minor league team that will play in Lakeland.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner talks to the crowd Wednesday at Cypress Lake Middle School and Academy about the D-League and the new team that will play in Lakeland.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Garrett Heflin, a sixth grader at Cypress Lake Middle School, was coached by the Orlando Magic mascot Wednesday for a dance contest that he won against three other students. To the left are members of the Magic Hype Team cheering him on.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

At the end of Wednesday's press conference, new shirts were given to any takers. Here Janette Crowley (in blue shirt) talks to Nikki Balzekovich and fellow Magic Hype Team member Zuli Arroyo stands on the other side of the table.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

The Orlando Magic mascot congratulates a Crystal Lake Middle School student who won the jump roping contest at a press conference held at the school where the development league team was named the Lakeland Magic.

By JEFF ROSLOW

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LAKELAND – When the name Magic was announced for the minor league basketball team in Polk County there was a little of that in the air when the team made the announcement Wednesday at Cypress Lake Middle School.

There were student challenges, cheerleading by the Magic hype team, and appearances by many Orlando Magic employees, former and current NBA players and members of the school district.

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