NEW ORLEANS — Although he missed his 11th consecutive game as he recovers from a concussion, center Nik Vucevic did conditioning and shooting work prior to the Orlando Magic's matchup Sunday against the New Orleans Pelicans at New Orleans Arena.
Vucevic did some running under the supervision of Magic strength and conditioning coach Bill Burgos and did some shooting work with Magic video analyst Matt Hill.
Team officials and Vucevic will not say when they expect Vucevic to play in a game again, but Vucevic said he's feeling "good" and that his headaches have subsided.
After he suffered his concussion on Jan. 6, a doctor told him the quickest way to recover was to stay at home, not watch TV and not even read. But now that the symptoms are gone, Vucevic will continue to travel with his teammates throughout the rest of this three-game trip.
"This is great," Vucevic said. "It was really a boring period for me, a little frustrating, because I was trying to be out there and help guys play, but I could only really sit at home. I couldn't do anything. Even when they came back from the trip [where I got hurt], I couldn't even go to the games or watch them.
"It's part of the job I do sometimes. Injuries happen. You just deal with them. You try to get back healthy as soon as you can. Now I'm glad I'm back on the road so I can support my team, and hopefully I'll be out there soon with them playing."
The injury was Vucevic's second concussion since March 19, 2013.
He said he never had any concussions before that.
He has no plans to watch the play in which he got hurt earlier this month. On that play, he jumped to contest a Blake Griffin pump-fake, was undercut by Griffin and fell to Staples Center's floor.
"I don't want to see it," he said. "I feel like if I see it that it's going to make me think about it. People tell me it was very scary. I could tell by the people asking me, 'Are you OK?' after the game. I guess from what people tell me, it looks worse than it was. I guess my head is pretty strong because nothing too bad happened. It could've been worse."
Magic power forward Glen Davis grew up in Baton Rouge, La., about 80 miles northwest of New Orleans. He also stayed in Baton Rouge for college, attending LSU.
Last season Davis didn't join his Magic teammates for their game in Louisiana because Davis had a fracture in his left foot.
So playing Sunday's game in New Orleans felt like a homecoming.
"There's a lot of family, a lot of tickets," Davis said. "It's a great feeling every time you go play back home."
Davis expected to need about 10 to 15 tickets for Sunday's game.
Compliment for Afflalo
Pelicans coach Monty Williams praised Magic swingman Arron Afflalo before the game.
"Afflalo is about as underrated a player as there is in the NBA from the wing spot," Williams said.
Dan DeVos, the Magic's chairman, attended Sunday's game. DeVos just happened to be in New Orleans for the 2014 National Automobile Dealers Association Convention and Expo.
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