Nik Vucevic is one of the nicest players on the Orlando Magic roster.
Polite and generally soft-spoken, Vucevic once last season knocked an opposing big man to the ground and then asked, "Are you all right?"
So what happened during the Magic's 110-105 preseason loss Friday night to the Cleveland Cavaliers seemed a bit out of place.
Midway through the second quarter, Cavaliers power forward Anthony Bennett beat Vucevic down the court in transition and received the ball with no one between himself and the basket. Vucevic shoved Bennett from behind, and Bennett fell to the parquet court.
Vucevic was called for a Flagrant-1 foul.
After the game, Vucevic said the foul had nothing to do with trying to be more aggressive on the court.
"I didn't mean for it to be a flagrant," he said.
Vucevic scored 15 points on 7-of-14 shooting. He added six rebounds and also was whistled for five fouls.
Magic coach Jacque Vaughn was asked whether Vucevic's flagrant was a welcome sign because it was a sign of aggressiveness.
"No," Vaughn responded. "I think Wayne Gretzky is one of the greatest of all time, and he wasn't a bruiser. I love Wayne Gretzky, and I love Nik Vucevic."
Magic rookie Victor Oladipo and Bennett are forever linked.
Bennett was the first pick in the 2013 NBA draft. Oladipo went second overall.
"I have a good relationship with him from doing all the draft work," Oladipo said. "I wish him the best. I wish everybody the best in our draft class except when they play us."
Cleveland's Kyrie Irving was the top pick in the 2011 draft, so he knows about high expectations.
He praised Oladipo after Oladipo's 18-point game on Friday.
"He's going to be great in this league with the size that he has at the point-guard position," Irving said. "You can move him over to the 2 [shooting guard]. He can guard the 1 and 2. His potential is out of the roof. When I was coming up with him, because we are about the same age, he was known as just a defensive player. Now to see his offensive game develop, it's just great to see."
The Magic didn't practice on Saturday.
Players attended the team's open house and select-a-seat event at Amway Center.
Andrew Nicholson and Jason Maxiell, for instance, spent part of the open house passing basketballs to people who wanted to shoot baskets on the arena's game court.
The team isn't scheduled to practice on Sunday. Instead, it will fly to Dallas for Monday night's preseason game against the Dallas Mavericks.
Guard Doron Lamb continues to be bothered by a sprained right ankle.
He's listed on the team's official injury report as "out" for Monday's exhibition against the Mavericks.
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