It appears that new acquisition Glen Davis has a ways to go before he fits in with the Orlando Magic offense.
After Davis made just two of his 10 shot attempts in the Magic's 103-85 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night, coach Stan Van Gundy indicated that he and Davis aren't on the same page — at least not yet.
"He's not playing well, and I'm not sure his mind's on the right things right now," Van Gundy said. "What we need him to do is defend, which he has done pretty well, rebound better than he's rebounding and move the ball and set screens.
"We'll keep working at it," Van Gundy added later. "I've seen the guy play very well. He's a good player. He's a smart guy. He should be able to figure it out. Sometimes it takes time."
Davis started practicing with the Magic on Dec. 13, and the team had only two exhibition games before the regular season began.
Davis did not look happy after Wednesday's game.
He would not speak to reporters.
Part of what concerns Van Gundy is that Davis is attempting a majority of his shots away from the hoop. Van Gundy said that 50 percent of Davis' shots last season were inside of 12 feet; so far this year, 65 percent of Davis' shots are outside 12 feet.
Davis agreed to a four-year, $26 million deal with the Magic. He and Von Wafer were acquired in a sign-and-trade deal from the Boston Celtics for Brandon Bass.
Davis had wanted to start, but that role has gone to Ryan Anderson, who has been better offensively than Davis and appears to be in better shape.
Dwight Howard declined to say what advice he would give Davis.
"We'll talk," Howard said. "That's something that has to stay in the locker room as a team."
Out of the contestHoward has not changed his mind about next month's NBA dunk contest at Amway Center.
He still is retired from the event.
Asked Wednesday if he would compete in the contest Feb. 25, the night before the All-Star Game, Howard dismissed the idea.
"I'm too old for that," Howard responded.
During the 2009-10 season, Howard said he was done with the contest. He has said he wants to cut down on the wear-and-tear on his legs. He also has said it's difficult to come up with original ideas for the event.
Howard competed in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
In 2008, he won the contest when he took off his Magic jersey to reveal a Superman T-shirt and also donned a Superman cape.
In 2009, he finished as the runner-up to Nate Robinson, who wore the New York Knicks’ green jersey and jumped over Howard during the final found.
The Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin won last year’s dunk contest.
For his final dunk, Griffin jumped over a car parked in front of the hoop and collected a pass from then-teammate Baron Davis through the sun roof. A choir sang “I Believe I Can Fly.”
On the ballotThe NBA released its All-Star Game ballot Wednesday. Four Magic players appear: Howard, Jameer Nelson, Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu. Noticeably absent: Anderson, who has been the team's most consistent offensive player so far.
Starters will be announced Feb. 2. Reserves will be named Feb. 9.
Gilbert's goneWednesday's game between the Magic and the Washington Wizards was the first time since the 2002-03 season that Gilbert Arenas was not on either team's roster.
Last month, the Magic waived Arenas and designated him their amnesty player. Although the team must pay the remaining $62 million on his contract through 2013-14, that money has been subtracted from the team's salary-cap and luxury-tax totals.
Arenas' time with the Magic was a disappointment.
Asked about Arenas on Wednesday, Van Gundy blamed himself for Arenas' unfulfilling Magic tenure.
"He didn't have time," Van Gundy said. "That was the big thing. He came in at midseason. It was a tough situation. We had Jameer still here and J-Rich here. So you ask a guy who'd been an all-star and one of the big scorers in the league to come off the bench. [It was a] tough role.
"And he wasn't here very long, either, so there was no time to adjust or anything else. I don't think it's fair to judge Gilbert's time here. If anything, if people are unhappy with the way Gilbert performed here, I think you've got to lay that on me and the role I gave him and everything else."
Van Gundy did not mention that Arenas had significant problems with his left knee and left leg — problems that may have been lessened if Arenas had been more diligent rehabbing the knee in the year prior to his trade to Orlando on Dec. 18, 2010.
Those leg problems diminished Arenas' quickness and explosiveness.
Layups• The NBA, the Magic and the city held an event Wednesday to promote the All-Star Game balloting. TNT basketball personality Craig Sager emceed.
• Richardson offered some self-deprecating humor when Sager asked him if he still has the dunking skills that won him back-to-back dunk contest titles in 2002 and 2003. "Nah," Richardson responded. "I guess you missed the last games." Richardson flubbed a dunk on New Year's Day against the Raptors; on that play, the front of the rim basically blocked Richardson's attempt.
• Rashard Lewis, playing in his first game at Amway Center since he was traded for Arenas, received nice applause during pregame introductions.
• But 6-year-old Alexis Bentinganan got a nicer ovation. She sang the national anthem.
• Former Magic point guard Jason Williams has been a regular at home games. He attended Wednesday's game, wearing a West Virginia University ski hat. Williams is a native of West Virginia.
• Wizards point guard John Wall and Magic center Daniel Orton were teammates at Kentucky in 2009-10, their only college season. Orton said they randomly ran into each other Tuesday night at the Mall at Millenia.
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