Jason Maxiell will change his look at some point in the next few weeks.
Because he underwent surgery late last season to repair a detached retina, Maxiell has worn protective eyewear during Magic practices.
Maxiell has worn a relatively fashionable pair of Wilson glasses during Magic practices. But soon he expects to receive goggles that resemble the eyewear Horace Grant donned during Grant’s days with the Chicago Bulls and the Magic.
Maxiell doesn’t expect the new goggles to be ready for Wednesday night’s preseason opener against the New Orleans Pelicans in Jacksonville.
“Coming up I probably will have more of a Horace Grant-look goggles, try to bring those back and have a little fun with that,” Maxiell said.
“He is the reason why I’m wearing No. 54. When I was growing up in Chicago, yeah, he might’ve had the world’s greatest [Michael Jordan] on his team, but otherwise it was Horace. I modeled myself after him and also a little bit after Charles Barkley.”
The Magic finished last season with a 12-29 record at Amway Center last season, which was the worst home record for any team in the NBA.
Arron Afflalo thinks the Magic should make playing better at home a point of emphasis in the season ahead.
“I think that should be a big part of our season this year: protecting our building, playing well at home, and then just maturing and growing a little bit as we get on the road,” he said.
Jameer Nelson is one of the most avid boxing fans on the Magic roster, and he also grew up next to Philadelphia, one of boxing’s hotbeds. He even has an uncle, Lloyd “Bad News” Nelson, who fought professionally.
Although the Magic point guard never considered going into amateur boxing or pro boxing, he does some boxing workouts each offseason.
“I train a little bit every summer, just to keep my hand-eye coordination and my hand speed quick, just in case one of these guys gets out of line,” Nelson joked.
• The Magic did not practice Tuesday.
• On Tuesday, the online sportsbook Bovada released its updated odds for the upcoming NBA regular season. Bovada lists the Magic’s chances of winning the league title at 500-to-1, winning the Eastern Conference title at 250-to-1 and winning the Southeast Division at 200-to-1.
• The Pelicans will be without one of their most dangerous offensive threats when they face the Magic tonight. Guard Tyreke Evans hurt his left ankle during New Orleans’ preseason opener and is expected be out for one to two weeks.
• The Magic also will face the Pelicans twice during the preseason. Orlando will host New Orleans on Oct. 25 at Amway Center.
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