The Orlando Magic fined Glen Davis for his role in an incident early Saturday morning in a downtown Orlando motel's lobby during which he threw a keyboard belonging to the motel against a wall.
“We will not tolerate or condone this type of behavior,” Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said in a statement released by the team two hours before the Magic hosted the Milwaukee Bucks at Amway Center.
“As we have stated repeatedly,” Hennigan added, “when a player puts on an Orlando Magic uniform, he is representing something much greater than himself. We expect our players to uphold a certain standard of conduct and character at all times.”
Magic officials would not disclose the amount they fined Davis. He was not charged with a crime.
Davis, who wanted to book a room, was told the motel had no vacancies. He threw the keyboard after he had a conversation with a motel employee behind the front counter.
In football, turnovers are the great equalizer. A team could be as talented as the 1985 Chicago Bears, but if it keeps giving the ball away, it will encounter problems.
The same principle applies in basketball.
The Magic are finding that out.
The Magic entered Wednesday ranked 25th in the NBA in turnovers, averaging 17.9 giveaways a game.
In its three prior games, all losses, Orlando turned the ball over 20, 19 and 20 times.
“That’s something that we do need to address,” coach Jacque Vaughn said. “That puts more pressure on your defense, because those guys are getting easy buckets. They’re getting out in transition, and now our defense isn’t set. That’s an area where, really consciously, we have to do things simple.
“A 3-on-1 break should be a conversion for us. When we’re in our set offense, making the simple pass is good enough, and we just need to continue to repeat that simplicity.”
In their first three wins, the Magic committed just 16.3 turnovers per game. In their five losses, they committed 18.8 turnovers per game.
“We’re rushing a little bit too much, trying to make the home-run play,” guard Victor Oladipo said. “All our mistakes are stuff we can fix, and that’s the good thing about it. Now we’ve just got to fix them.”
Fox Sports Florida utilized a new piece of equipment during its broadcast Wednesday night.
For the first time, the network used the Fox Sports Phantom Cam, which shows slow-motion replays in extraordinarily high detail. The camera has the ability to record 5,000 frames per second, while typical slow-motion cameras record 380 or few frames per second.
The Phantom Cam made its debut at the 2012 World Series, and Fox Sports has allowed its regional networks to use it on occasion.
Fox Sports Florida also plans to use the camera during Saturday’s Magic game against the Dallas Mavericks and the Nov. 20 game against the Miami Heat.
• Bucks center Zaza Pachulia was honored by the Magic with a video tribute midway through the first quarter. Pachulia played in 59 regular-season games for Orlando during the 2003-04 season. He sat out Wednesday’s game because he had a sore right foot.
• A moment of silence was held before tipoff in honor of Typhoon Haiyan victims.
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