Magic's Glen Davis says he's on the same page with Stan Van Gundy

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Glen Davis and Stan Van Gundy met Thursday, and it appears they are closer to being on the same page than they were on Wednesday night.

Speaking Thursday to the press, Davis said he will return to being the dirty-work player to whom the Magic have committed $26 million over four years.

Just watch him Friday, he said, when the Magic host the Chicago Bulls.

"That'll be a great night to come out to see the real me," Davis said. "I know what I have to do. It's just going out there and taking your time and doing it. I could understand if I didn't know what I had to do and I was confused, but I'm not. I'm like a kid at the candy store. I want, I want, I want, I want to do more.

"I've just got to slow down and just embrace everything and make sure that mentally I can handle anything that comes towards me."

Davis went 2 for 10 from the field in Wednesday's win over the Washington Wizards, and in that game, he took eight of his shot attempts from 10 feet or beyond, according to the website HoopData.

This season, 19.0 percent of Davis' shot attempts have been at the rim. Last season, 30.1 percent of his shot attempts were at the rim.

Van Gundy told Davis on Thursday that he wants Davis to focus on the things that made him so appealing to the Magic.

"He can certainly get numbers," Van Gundy told the press Thursday.

"But a lot of what he does will never show up on the stat sheet: taking charges and diving on loose balls and setting screens and moving the ball and his team defense — things that are extremely important to your team winning games but will not get him a lot of media attention."

An emotional player, Davis acknowledged that he wanted to make a strong impression early in his Magic tenure. But he said he needs more time to adapt to his new team.

Davis arrived in Orlando hoping to be the starter at power forward.

But Ryan Anderson owns that job right now, and Anderson is Orlando's top scorer.

Brandon Bass, who was sent to the Boston Celtics in Davis' sign-and-trade deal, has put up impressive numbers.

"There is a temptation to do well," Davis said.

"You see Brandon Bass, who's doing great. You see Ryan Anderson, who's doing great. And you just want to contribute. You want to do something, because you know you can. But sometimes putting a lot of pressure on yourself, it's not good. You end up doing the opposite. And that's what you see out there. I've just got to slow down and let the game come to me."

Warriors on prowlThe Golden State Warriors will pursue a trade for Dwight Howard even though the Warriors are not on Howard's list of preferred teams, Yahoo! Sports reported.

The Warriors would be willing to take the risk of acquiring Howard with no guarantee he would remain long-term. Team officials would then attempt to sell Howard on the idea of remaining in Silicon Valley, where he could gain more endorsements.

The Warriors' top players are 23-year-old guard Stephen Curry and 26-year-old guard Monta Ellis.

Golden State could attempt to lure up to two other teams to join a complicated deal.

Howard has said he would like to play with Ellis.

Howard was asked Thursday whether he had considered including the Bulls on his list of preferred trade destinations. But Howard would not answer the question, saying, "We're not talking about trade stuff."

Layups• Howard attended the Magic's practice Thursday, but he had the day off. Van Gundy wanted to give Howard a rest because Howard is averaging almost 43 minutes of playing time a game.

• Van Gundy effusively praised Bulls point guard and reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose on Thursday.

• Van Gundy and his brother, ESPN NBA analyst and former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy, will be profiled on HBO's Real Sports on Jan. 24.

• Jeff Van Gundy will serve as the color commentator for tonight's Magic-Bulls telecast on ESPN, a spokesman for the network said.

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