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Jul 08

Monday’s Magic Word

  • Via the Orlando Magic: “Glen Davis underwent a surgical procedure today to replace the screw in his left foot. Davis originally suffered a left foot fracture of the 5th metatarsal during a game against the New York Knicks on January 30, 2013. He is expected to resume basketball-related activity later this summer.”
  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel has more on Davis’ setback: “Although team officials said Davis will resume basketball-related activities later this summer, it’s unclear whether Davis will be ready to participate in the Magic’s training camp when it begins Oct. 1.”
  • Jordan White of Hardwood Paroxysm on Victor Oladipo in his Day 1 dispatch at Summer League in Orlando: “I’ll admit, I wasn’t all that excited about Oladipo. OH MY GOD I’M SO SORRY I WAS SO WRONG. Athleticism is one thing, but knowing how to use it is quite another. Oladipo knows how to harness his athleticism in every facet of his game, from his terrifying defense to his explosive offense. He also displays a polish to his game that’s extremely rare for such a young rookie.”
  • A look back at Nikola Vucevic snaring 20 rebounds against the Miami Heat. In the first half.
  • Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post recaps the Magic’s loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder in today’s Summer League matchup and highlights Andrew Nicholson’s work in the low post.
  • Maurice Harkless gets posterized.
  • Brett Koremenos of Grantland: “One of the most interesting plots of the Orlando Summer League was that the draft’s second overall pick, Victor Oladipo, was going to log major minutes running the show for the Magic. From a developmental standpoint, this was a great call by the Orlando front office. Coming out of Indiana, Oladipo was strictly an attacking wing whose main goal was simply “score.” Being forced to run a team, even for this short stretch, has already forced thought and nuance into the young guard’s approach.”
  • For Magic fans, Doron Lamb’s development is something to keep an eye on — he was one of the players that came over from Milwaukee in the J.J. Redick trade.
  • Orlando has made a concerted effort to give a lot of playing time to their key youngsters in an effort to “instill good habits … and to experiment a bit with positions,” as Dunlap puts it.
  • Jeff Zillgit of USA Today Sports: “Oladipo plans to take a small break after summer league and then get back into training. He will also spend time watching video of slashers such as Dwyane Wade and point guards Westbrook and George Hill, who both played shooting guard in college.”
  • The Magic are raving about the assertiveness that Maurice Harkless’ is displaying on the court at Summer League.
  • Oladipo reached the foul line a lot against the Thunder.