"I didn't expect to be traded, not at all," Vucevic said. "But I'm happy I'm here."
Shaq's act still plays
After all this time, everybody still falls for Shaq's Don Rickles act.
I mean, everyone: Shaq's intended target, the media, the fans.
O'Neal said when he broke into the league making outrageous statements and jabbing opponents that it was all "entertainment," like pro wrestling.
"I don't care what Shaq says," Howard said. "Shaq played the game and he is done. It's time to move on. He hated the fact when he played that older guys were talking about him and how he played. Now he's doing the exact same thing. Just let it go. There's no sense for him to be talking trash to me. He did his thing in the league. Sit back and relax. Your time is up."
Kobe: It's my team
It took one day for Kobe Bryant to remind Dwight Howard and the public just who has command of the Lakers. He does.
"I got a question earlier about whose team this is," Bryant said at Lakers' media day Monday.
"I don't want to get into the, 'Well, we share ...' No, it's my team. But I want to make sure that Dwight, when I retire, this is going to be his. I want to teach him everything I possibly know so that when I step away this organization can ride on as if I never left."
It's way too early to predict if Orlando's former alpha dog will happily take a back seat all season. Way back.
"I think learning from a guy like Kobe, I know he's going to be tough on me, but I expect that and I want him to do that," Dwight said. "So, I'll take all the heat that he's going to give me because I know at the end of the day that's going to make me a better player and a better person and it's going to make this team better."
This 'n' That
Former Magic coach Stan Van Gundy was set to accept an ESPN studio job, but then things fell apart. With the network and the NBA in bed together, could Commissioner David Stern have squashed outspoken Stan's gig, given their history? Stern must have figured two Van Gundys on TV would provide too much candor…. Fining NBA millionaires for flopping is silly. Call technicals, awarding the other team…Where was the NBA when Dwight was (flip-)flopping in Orlando last season?