With only three preseason games left before the start of the regular season, the Magic are taking these few games to try to improve overall. Everyone knows Orlando is a work in progress but the bottom line for them is to get better.
Rookie Victor Oladipo has had some ups and downs during the first five preseason games.
Head coach Jacque Vaughn says even though Oladipo has struggled at times, he has great poise and plays forward. Vaughn has said time and time again he doesn’t want what happened in the past affecting his player in the present. For example, he doesn’t want Oladipo to play any differently if he turns the ball over or doesn’t make a basket. He wants all of his players to play in the present and not in the last play.
Veteran Jameer Nelson has been one of his many teammates that is helping Oladipo with the transition from college to the NBA. Nelson is trying to help him as much as he can by staying in his ear about certain things.
In the last couple of games, Vaughn has tested out Oladipo and Nelson together on the court. This is great for Oladipo because Nelson can talk to him on the court more rather than talking to him between timeouts or on the bench.
The veterans on the roster haven’t seen much playing time during the preseason mainly because Vaughn wants to make sure his team is healthy when the season starts.
The Magic are being very cautious when it comes to their players coming back from injuries. Vaughn has sat out Tobias Harris in the last few games because of a sore ankle. Even though he could’ve played on Friday Vaughn decided it was best to play it safe and sit him out. Second year player Doron Lamb hurt his ankle during training camp and has not played in any preseason game yet.
According to Vaughn, Glen Davis doing well. He says Davis is following doctor’s orders and is not practicing with the team yet.
Up next, the Magic will host Pink in the Paint Breast Cancer Awareness Night on Oct. 20 during the Magic vs. Pistons game (6 p.m. ET.) The Magic’s coaching staff will wear pink ties during the game and encourage fans to wear pink as well.
Orlando Magic Preseason Schedule
Oct. 9 – Orlando @ New Orleans L 99-95
Oct. 11 – Cleveland @ Orlando L 110-105
Oct. 14 – Orlando @ Dallas W 102-94
Oct. 16 – Orlando @ Houston – L 108-104
Oct. 18 – Memphis @ Orlando – L 97-91
Oct. 20 – Detroit @ Orlando – 6:00 p.m. ET
Oct. 22 – Orlando @ San Antonio – 8:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 25 – New Orleans @ Orlando – 7:00 p.m. ETOrlando Magic Practice Update: 10/19/13 by Mary Stevens