Nik Vucevic said he treats each game against his former team, the Philadelphia 76ers, like an ordinary matchup.
But his statistics against the Sixers are anything but ordinary.
In four games against Philly, the Magic center is averaging 14.0 points on 52.1 percent shooting. He also is averaging 16.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
His numbers received a boost Wednesday night, when he contributed 21 points, 16 rebounds and five assists in Orlando's 105-94 win over Philadelphia at Amway Center.
In Aug. 2012, the Sixers participated in the four-team, 12-player deal that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Philly gave up Vucevic, Maurice Harkless and a protected future first-round pick to the Magic and Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets. Meanwhile, the Sixers received Andrew Bynum from Los Angeles and Jason Richardson from Orlando.
"It's part of the business," Vucevic said when asked about the trade.
"I approach it like every other game. It's not like I was a huge superstar and then they traded me away. I was just a rookie and they brought in one of the best big men in the league [Bynum]. That's it. I didn't really have any hard feelings towards Philly for trading me."
The trade has been disastrous for the Sixers, and it will become even worse for Philly if Vucevic and Harkless improve and the Magic make good use of the future first-round pick they're owed. (The Magic could receive that pick as early as 2016 or as late as 2018. If the protections on the pick prevent Philly from conveying a first-round pick to Orlando by 2018, the Magic instead would receive a second-round pick in 2018 and a second-round pick in 2019.)
Bynum missed the entire 2012-13 season because of knee problems. Injuries, including a knee issue, limited Richardson to 33 games last season, and Richardson hasn't played this season because of his knee.
You might see Magic forward Tobias Harris on TV commercials these days.
But he's not selling tickets or products.
In a way, he's selling safety.
Harris appears in a public service announcement for the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority's "designated texter" campaign. The efforts are designed to stop drivers from texting when they're behind the wheel; passengers are being urged to operate drivers' smartphones instead of the drivers.
"I think it's good for the community," said Harris, who is 21.
"It's something not for our generation but for all drivers and all people who text-and-drive just to limit it. For me, I put the phone down."
No Nelson update
Magic officials didn't provide any updates on Jameer Nelson's status Thursday following Nelson's left-foot injury against the Sixers.
The team labeled Nelson's injury as a sprain, but team officials also said Nelson would be evaluated further.
It's unclear if Nelson will play when the Magic host the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.
Nelson originally was scheduled to participate when Magic volunteers served breakfast at the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida on Thanksgiving. But Nelson didn't attend the event because of the injury.
The Magic didn't practice on Thanksgiving. The team doesn't practice the day after it completes a pair of back-to-back games, anyway.
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