New coaching staff. New general manager. Twelve new players.
No wonder the
The new-look Magic will convene for the first time Monday, when organization holds its annual media day. Training camp will begin Tuesday morning, as
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Vaughn already has spoken one-on-one with each player, but the upcoming days will give the entire roster a better sense of what he wants in practices and games. Those who know Vaughn well think he will be detail-oriented, and Vaughn has said he will project a "calm" demeanor. But since this is his first head-coaching job, it will be interesting to see how his coaching style coalesces.
Setting a tone
The vast majority of
"I think as a competitor it's hard because oftentimes people almost want you to be worse so that you can eventually get better," Redick said. "I know the guys we have in that locker room. That's not going to sit well with them, so I expect us to be very competitive, to be a group that plays extremely hard. I like our core group of guys and I like our young players, and as long as the coaching staff and the team is on the same page, I think we'll be fine."
Just how different is this roster? In all, the Magic will return players who accounted for just 46 percent of the team's minutes last regular season. Somehow, the team needs to build cohesion.
The Magic have 17 players with guaranteed contracts, and two others,
The Magic want to accelerate the development of rookie power forward
Sorting out at center
Gustavo Ayón and
Turk on track
Hedo Turkoglu displayed toughness when he played last postseason shortly after surgery to repair fractured
Coaches won't want to overwork Nelson. With fellow point guard
Reason to watch
A team's win-loss record in the preseason means nothing, but the team needs to show its fans that it will play hard. Fans can tolerate a rebuilding project if players give their best effort.
This is self-explanatory. Last year, some players, including Nelson and Davis, returned from the lockout out of shape. There are no excuses this year.