The Magic are trying to stay away from the Dwight Howard talk.
Hedo Turkoglu is more concerned with making time for his family, while Stan Van Gundy did make one telling comment, “Sometimes the best option is to do nothing. People want to give you nothing for the best Center in the NBA.”
Now that Dwight Howard’s situation has been discussed, we can take a look at some other observations from media day.
- Everyone associated with the Magic is raving about the way Turkoglu looks so far. On Friday, Howard discussed Turkoglu’s improved performance while Stan Van Gundy had great things to say about Turk Sunday. Turkoglu told the media, “I look at the things, what I did good and bad and just learn from them. This is a new year for me, I’m starting here from the beginning.”
- When I first arrived today, I was told Glen Davis and Von Wafer weren’t officially members of the team yet – Davis even walked by with Magic officials, telling Brian and I “FIBA is trippin’.” Van Gundy was told the same thing and wasn’t allowed to talk about Davis or Wafer. However, the acquisitions became official during media day and Glen Davis spoke to the media.
- Davis said he was excited to join the Magic: “I’m glad D12 wanted me here. It’s good to be part of an organization that needs you.”
- Davis went to say he could talk Howard into staying, joking “We’ll have crumpets and tea and talk things out.”
- Davis, like his former Celtics teammate Kendrick Perkins, looked noticeably slimmer.
- Wafer was excited to join the Magic, telling me he “can’t sleep.”
- Wafer noted that he learned a lot about being a professional from playing behind Ray Allen.
- Wafer commented that he was a bit shy while Davis is exactly the opposite, so he was happy to have him in Orlando with him.
- Justin Harper is excited about the opportunity to come to a team where the 4’s are asked to knock down three-pointers.
- Harper said the speed of the game was the biggest difference between the NBA and his time in France.
- Daniel Orton is excited about finally playing, telling us this is the best he’s felt since before he got to Kentucky.
- J.J. Redick gave the quote of the day when asked about star players having input on the team’s decisions – “I’m not a star, I wouldn’t know.”
(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger, ESPN Florida’s Magic Insider (http://ESPNFlorida.com) and is the co-host of the ESPNFlorida.com Insiders Show Sunday mornings at 10:00 am EST. Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Facebook and follow him onTwitter to follow him daily. You can download the HTD app here.)