Oladipo misses memo
Magic rookie G Victor Oladipo, upon his return recently to Bloomington for Indiana University coach Tom Crean's basketball camp, said he expects to help turn around the Magic they way he helped turn around the Hoosiers.
"Being everybody's doormat isn't fun," Oladipo said. "They say it's a rebuilding process in Orlando. If it is, I'm well-prepared for it, because I guarantee it's nowhere near the rebuilding we had to do here. We were at the bottom of bottoms. It was ridiculous. We have a lot of good players this year in Orlando, a decent amount of young, great players and vets.
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"I think we're going to do better than people think we're going to do."
Oladipo needs to get up to speed before the Magic's season starts.
Memo to VO: Uh, rookie, the idea isn't to exceed expectations. Last season the Magic were 20-62, which is why they were able to land you at No. 2. The idea is to be everybody's doormat again to get another high draft pick.
The goal? Twenty-five wins or fewer.
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Cleveland Cavs C Andrew Bynum sat out last season after being acquired by Philadelphia in the Dwight Howard deal. He teased Sixers fans with promising injury updates on his creaky knees. He's following the script in Cleveland. "It's a fluid process,'' Bynum said. "I have no idea what the schedule's going to be for me. But I'm doing everything I can to be ready." Magic fans should be rooting for Bynum to recover and help improve the Cavs so they won't be factors in the Andrew Wiggins draft lottery. … Nets PF Kevin Garnett says he would have retired "without a doubt" if ex-Celtics teammate Paul Pierce had not joined him in Brooklyn. Touching, but I have to call bull hockey on KG's walk-off talk, considering he is owed $12.4 million this season and $12 million next season. … Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd will become part owner of the team, set to buy half of rapper Jay-Z's 1.6 percent stake in the Nets at $500,000. Will Kidd have to weigh in on whether to fire himself at some point? … Speaking of the Nets, their five starters (Garnett, Pierce, Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez) will make roughly $82 million next season. The Magic's projected five (Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo, Nik Vucevic, Mo Harkless and Tobias Harris) will earn about $21 mill. … Dennis Rodman is in North Korea again to visit the communist nation's leader, Kim Jong-Un. I feel safer already.