Sometimes the folks who sit courtside at Amway Center really do see a different game than everybody else.
Well, maybe not.
But on Monday night, they heard a different game than everybody else inside the arena.
They heard J.J. Redick do his best impersonation of pro rasslin' icon Ric Flair.
Redick added Flair's trademark exclamation "woooo!" as he celebrated a made 3-pointer.
The basket cut the Minnesota Timberwolves' lead over the Orlando Magic to 34-33 with 9:23 remaining in the second quarter.
As Redick ran back down the court, he extended three fingers on each hand and yelled "woooo!"
It was tough for most fans to hear Redick because the arena's loudspeakers simultaneously blared public-address announcer Paul Porter yelling "threeee!"
Nicknamed "The Nature Boy," Flair is one of pro wrestling's most famous figures.
Before Monday's game, Redick said he was going to incorporate Flair's signature phrase into his on-court celebration.
It seemed at the time that Redick was playing a prank on the reporters who were interviewing him. After all, several years ago, Redick never denied a false rumor that he was making a rap album, and Redick got a kick out of seeing gullible members of the media report the rumor as fact.
But Redick delivered on his Flair pledge.
Several Magic players got into the holiday spirit Tuesday.
Glen Davis visited Meadowbrook Middle School in the morning to participate in a giveaway for sixth-graders. In the afternoon, Davis distributed toys to 75 children at the John H. Jackson Community Center.
Jameer Nelson gave Christmas gifts to two local families.
Redick, Josh McRoberts and Andrew Nicholson accompanied 75 kids on a holiday shopping spree. Pepsi and Redick's foundation donated $100 gift cards to the children.
McRoberts played almost 23 minutes in Orlando's 102-93 win over Minnesota after he didn't play in the Magic's previous three games.
McRoberts scored four points — two of them on a highlight reel-quality putback dunk — and collected four rebounds.
How did McRoberts stay ready?
"It's something I've had to do throughout my career, so I think it's something I'm kind of used to," he said. "It's ourjob. Everybody's got to be ready to go. That's what I'm here for, and that's what everybody else on the bench is here for."
On the mend
Injured forwards Hedo Turkoglu and Al Harrington continued with their rehabilitation regimens Tuesday.
As their teammates practiced, they worked out in the Magic's strength-and-conditioning area.
Once practice ended, each of them did separate shooting drills.
Turkoglu, who underwent surgery to repair a broken left hand Nov. 3, worked at a fast pace and shot accurately.
Harrington, who is recovering from a staph infection in right knee, didn't move at full speed. But he preceded many of his shot attempts with jab steps.
Coach Jacque Vaughn was asked Tuesday whether his players might take their next opponent, the Washington Wizards, too lightly.
"The great thing is they know how I think so far," Vaughn answered. "I'm only concerned about the Washington Wizards, and that'll be our approach. We'll talk about them at the shootaround [in the morning], and that'll be our only concern."
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