OAKLAND — Orlando Magic coach Jacque Vaughn cautioned his team after Sunday’s emotional win over old pal Dwight Howard and the Lakers in Los Angeles to keep the party short. A hot Golden State Warriors team awaited 24 hours later.
Considering that a careful consideration of his work and the various independence movements he championed wasn’t exactly given more than an afternoon’s worth of discussion in most public education history classes during the late 1990s, it’s pretty impressive that Mahatma Gandhi’s name is at the tip of Glen “Big Baby” Davis’ lips as he discusses the approaches taken by new Orlando Magic coach Jacque Vaughn in the coach’s rookie year.
Nearly as impressive as Orlando’s 5-8 start to the season. Quite a few pundits, myself included, predicted the Magic to end the season with one of the lowest win totals in the NBA during 2012-13. We thought that the roster was still full of passable NBA players, the team wasn’t rebuilding with total scrubs, but only a coach that could secure a game-to-game output that was bigger than the sum of its parts could hope to stay competitive. And this is exactly what Magic coach Jacque Vaughn is doing as he leads his team toward competency, if not a winning record.
For Davis, in comparison to his former coach in Boston’s Doc Rivers is night and day; even if Davis still has kind things to say about Rivers. And he doesn’t mind saying all of it on record, because happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
From the Boston Herald :
“Different guys,” Davis said of the two coaches. “Doc is more of a military-minded kind of guy, and Jacque is more of a Gandhi kind of guy — soft but powerful. Doc’s more, ‘Get the job done,’ and Jacque Vaughn is more the kind of guy who will ask you, ‘Would you feel comfortable getting the job done?’ I think that’s different with players. But in my system, I think I just feel better functioning in Jacque’s system. Doc wasn’t the kind of guy to pat you on your back and say, ‘Good job, man.’ He’s more like, ‘OK, move on.’ In a way that’s positive, but some players are different.
Update: Nelson (groin) felt well enough to play Tuesday, but coach Jacque Vaughn held him out as a precaution, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
The Knicks will attempt to go 5-0 for the third time in franchise history. The last time they won their first five games, in 1993-94, they reached the NBA Finals. The first time they started 5-0, in 1969-70, they won the championship.
Here are a few things to keep an eye on for Tuesday’s game in Orlando. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.:
MAGIC ARE DOWNRIGHT OFFENSIVE: Orlando’s offense has been atrocious in its first six games. Jacque Vaughn’s squad is scoring just 87.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It may take until the very end of the preseason before Magic coach Jacque Vaughn gets a true glimpse of what his team will look like this season.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — If there’s one thing that the Orlando Magic players learned during their first preseason practice, it’s that new coach Jacque Vaughn will run his workouts efficiently.
Orlando Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn announced three assistant coaches and three other members of the support staff for the 2012-13 season.
Over his five-season NBA career (and three season at LSU), Orlando Magic forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis has become particularly famous for being fairly overweight. While Davis carries his weight pretty well — he’s mobile and athletic — he will never be the picture of the in-shape professional athlete. That’s just who he is, I suppose, and anyone who works with him has probably gotten used to it by now.
However, new Orlando Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn has a different set of expectations for Davis. When the Magic report to training camp this fall, Vaughn expects him to be in much better shape. From Josh Robbins for The Orlando Sentinel (via SLAM ):