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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Notes from the first day of training camp

From Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:

The Orlando Magic started training camp Tuesday with two practices at RDV Sportsplex. Players scrimmaged for about 27 minutes apiece during the morning session, and Coach Stan Van Gundy said he liked his players' effort, but added that they were "very, very, very sloppy."

"We want players to get comfortable with a style of play right now," Van Gundy said.

The team worked on its pick-and-roll defense and its double-team defense in the low post during its late-afternoon practice.

Carter's first day

Vince Carter sounded upbeat after his first official practice with the Magic.

Carter, 32, believes his trade to Orlando gives him the best chance of his pro career to win a championship.

"There's a lot of great players who've had wonderful and outstanding careers who didn't get it, and they're still Hall of Famers," Carter said. "I don't think you need it to become a Hall of Famer, but I want it. I wasn't able to accomplish one in college for one of the better teams in the country, but I'm playing on one of the better teams in the country once again. And I want that opportunity."


•Shooting guard J.J. Redick sat out most of the afternoon session after he suffered a minor back spasm in the morning. Dwight Howard said Redick was "impressive" during the scrimmage, though.

•Van Gundy said point guard Jason Williams has gotten into "great shape" after sitting out all of last season. Williams and Jameer Nelson each will play more minutes than usual this preseason to knock off the rust.

•Third-string center Adonal Foyle didn't practice Tuesday because of a sore knee. Foyle, who received an injection for the inflammation, said he could return to practice as early as today.

•Van Gundy said he hasn't decided whether Rashard Lewis will start or come off the bench this preseason. Lewis will still get his minutes and see some time at small forward in exhibition games, but the team also must prepare for Lewis' 10-game suspension to start the regular season.

•Van Gundy said the team will scrimmage again this morning. In all, the team will scrimmage two or three more times before it departs for Dallas on Sunday for Monday's preseason opener against the Mavericks.

•Foyle's absence forced Van Gundy to play training-camp invitee Linton Johnson III, a 6-foot-8 small forward, a bit at center during the scrimmage.

Josh Robbins


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