Jason Maxiell broke into the NBA in 2005 with the Detroit Pistons while playing alongside of veteran players Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace, Antonio McDyess, Dale Davis and Theo Ratliff.
Their style of leadership was often one of tough love and no excuses, so that cast of veteran characters didn’t ever go easy on Maxiell. It’s a similar leadership style to the one that Maxiell will employ in Orlando after the power forward signed a free-agent contract with the Magic last week.
In Orlando, the 6-foot-7, 260-pound Maxiell was brought in as much for his leadership skills and veteran mentoring of Orlando’s many young players as he was for his rugged play on the court. The Magic are mostly constructed around a young core of Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris, Maurice Harkless, Victor Oladipo and Andrew Nicholson, and Maxiell will be asked to impart some of his toughness and veteran leadership on those players.
“I had all of those veteran guys there (in Detroit) at the same time teaching me about the game. It was great to have them guiding me as a player. They taught how to always be focused and grow up to be a mature player,’’ Maxiell said. “I’m more of a hands-on type of guy and I’m going to show you how to do it, tell you all that you need to know and then you throw you to the dogs. The first time I’ll show you how, the second time I’ll guide you through it and the third time you’ll be on your own out there.’’
Source: Orlando Magic