By John Denton
April 10, 2017
CHICAGO – In his initial deteriorate with Orlando, Nikola Vucevic replaced former Magic star Shaquille O’Neal as a record-holder for rebounds in a diversion with a jaw-dropping 29 play on Dec. 31, 2012.
Now in his fifth deteriorate with a Magic, Vucevic has once again changed past O’Neal on a resilient annals list in authorization history.
The 7-footer entered Monday night wanting only 5 play to pierce past O’Neal for second in resilient in Magic history. Vucevic, Orlando’s longest-tenured player, has led a Magic in resilient in any of his 5 seasons personification for a franchise. He averaged a career-best 11.9 play a diversion in 2012-13 and has given posted resilient averages of 11.0, 10.9, 8.9 and 10.4 play a diversion in his Magic career.
“It means a lot to me, generally with Shaq being one of a biggest players of all time and him being a core and me being a center,’’ Vucevic pronounced of rising to second in authorization history. “He’s finished a lot for this (Magic) authorization and to transcend someone like him means a lot to me. Rebounding is something that we take a lot of honour in and to be second all-time in this franchise’s story is special. It’s even some-more special with a large group who have played for this authorization have been good players. That’s a outrageous feat for myself.’’
O’Neal, who played for Orlando from 1992-96, had 3,691 rebounds while wearing a Magic pinstripes. The all-time leader, Dwight Howard grabbed 8,072 rebounds in 621 games from 2004-12. Howard averaged 13 rebounds a diversion while personification for a Magic, while O’Neal grabbed 12.5 rebounds a diversion on normal and Vucevic has averaged 10.7 play a game.
TV TALK: Continued agreement negotiations between Fox and Charter/Spectrum could keep a shred of fans from being means to watch a Magic’s season-ending diversion opposite a Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.
Fox and Charter/Spectrum, who have spent weeks perplexing to produce out a understanding going forward, concluded to an prolongation of their talks deadline final week so that negotiate could continue by Monday. That authorised Fox Sports Florida, a disdainful home to Magic basketball, to publish Orlando’s diversion opposite Indiana on Saturday.
Another prolongation was concluded to before to Monday’s 7 p.m. deadline, permitting a Magic’s diversion in Chicago opposite a Bulls to equivocate being blacked out for Spectrum viewers in a Orlando area.
However, if a dual sides don’t have an agreement by Wednesday, a Magic’s regular-season culmination opposite a Pistons would also be blacked out for Spectrum subscribers. The trance does not impact Central Florida residents who use DIRECTTV as their internal radio provider.
The Magic have been monitoring a agreement talks and a trance outcome on fans’ abilities to see a games.
“We are wakeful that Spectrum (formerly Bright House Networks) and Fox are in discussions to continue their agreement,’’ a Magic orator pronounced in a release. “We are carefree that an gentle fortitude can be reached quickly, that will yield fans continued good coverage. We are as unhappy as anyone and we inspire fans to hit their internal wire operator.’’
TERRENCE’S TRANSITION: Ask any NBA actor and they would approaching contend that changing teams in a center of a deteriorate is one of a many formidable things to do as a veteran athlete. However, Magic ensure Terrence Ross pronounced his transition from Toronto to Orlando hasn’t been scarcely as formidable as one competence imagine.
Ross, 26, spent a initial 4 ½ years of his NBA career with a Raptors before being traded to Orlando on Feb. 14 for energy brazen Serge Ibaka.
In Toronto, Ross was approaching to play a interrelated purpose and fit in as a haven behind all-star guards DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. In Orlando, Ross has been some-more of a focal indicate on a team, removing some-more plays calls and shots underneath conduct manager Frank Vogel’s directives. The 6-foot-7 ensure came into Monday averaging 13.4 points in 22 games with a Magic – adult from a 9.9 points he scored while personification off Toronto’s bench. Also, Ross is removing 11.8 shots a diversion now as against to a 8.6 tries he notched in Toronto.
Ross pronounced it’s been utterly easy to fit in in an Orlando offense that is ideally matched for him. Vogel implemented an up-tempo, small-ball lineup in mid-February after appropriation Ross, and he pronounced that has done things easy for him.
“I’m only personification a game, really. Once we know how to play ball, all only kind of falls into place,’’ Ross said. “I flattering many try to only stay out of my teammates approach and only play.’’
Ross recently purchased a home in Central Florida and he hopes to spend many of a offseason in Orlando so that he can work out during a team’s headquarters. Doing that will assistance him improved reconnoitre himself with his teammates. That, a mild-mannered Ross noted, should make it easier for him to take on some-more of a care purpose subsequent season.
“Next year, I’m going to do that and try to lead by instance and unequivocally move my knowledge to a team,’’ Ross pronounced of his destiny with a Magic. “If that’s a purpose that they wish me to play, afterwards we will play it.’’
Note: The essence of this page have not been reviewed or permitted by a Orlando Magic. All opinions voiced by John Denton are only his possess and do not simulate a opinions of a Orlando Magic or their Basketball Operations staff, partners or sponsors.