If Orlando Magic rookie Victor Oladipo ever needs any advice, he has at least one future Hall of Famer he can turn to: Miami Heat swingman Dwyane Wade.
Oladipo and Wade each played for Tom Crean in college. Crean coached Wade for three seasons at Marquette University in the early 2000s. Later Crean coached Oladipo for three seasons at Indiana University.
In 2012, Oladipo spent time with Wade when Wade visited the IU campus in Bloomington during a Heat playoff series against the Indiana Pacers. As Wade watched game tape, he allowed Oladipo to sit in on the film-study sessions.
"Ever since then, we've just been kind of close," Oladipo said. "It's going to be pretty cool to play against him. I'm just looking forward to it."
Oladipo will play against Wade for the first time Wednesday night when the Magic host the Heat at Amway Center.
Oladipo will look to bounce back from his toughest game so far as a pro, his nine-turnover performance in a 108-100 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.
The Magic rookie has gotten advice from Jameer Nelson, and he also is thankful that Wade is available, too.
"That's just how good of a person he is," Oladipo said of Wade. "He's willing to give. So it's pretty cool for me to have someone like that."
The Magic's light game schedule this workweek should help forwards Tobias Harris and Glen Davis participate in some 5-on-5 scrimmages as Harris and Davis try to return from injuries.
"Hopefully, we can give those guys some more [work] and, hopefully, we can get to the point of getting them up and down [the court] this week," coach Jacque Vaughn said.
Davis hasn't played in a game since he fractured a bone on the outside of his left foot on Jan. 30.
Harris, meanwhile, hasn't played since he aggravated his sprained left ankle during a preseason exhibition on Oct. 20.
"To get out there, it'll be good just to see how it feels and see how it reacts and go from there," Harris said before Monday's practice. "I'll just take my time, get back in shape and just play it by how I feel after every day and try to progress.
"I think the biggest thing for me is just getting back into the shape that I was in. I think that's the biggest thing for me. I think that I'm a player that feeds off how much energy I could play with out there on the floor. So the biggest thing for me now is to continue to strengthen the ankle but continue to get back into top shape. However long that takes, I think that's when I'll determine when I can go out there and play."
Arron Afflalo was nominated for Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors after he averaged 26.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game as the Magic compiled a 1-2 record.
The award went to LeBron James, who averaged 34.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game as the Heat went 3-0.
Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague and Chicago Bulls swingman Luol Deng also were nominated.
email@example.com. Read his blog at OrlandoSentinel.com/magicblog and follow him on Twitter at @JoshuaBRobbins.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun