After Davis made just two of his 10 shot attempts in the Magic's 103-85 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night, coach Stan Van Gundy indicated that he and Davis aren't on the same page — at least not yet.
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"We'll keep working at it," Van Gundy added later. "I've seen the guy play very well. He's a good player. He's a smart guy. He should be able to figure it out. Sometimes it takes time."
Davis started practicing with the Magic on Dec. 13, and the team had only two exhibition games before the regular season began.
Davis did not look happy after Wednesday's game.
He would not speak to reporters.
Part of what concerns Van Gundy is that Davis is attempting a majority of his shots away from the hoop. Van Gundy said that 50 percent of Davis' shots last season were inside of 12 feet; so far this year, 65 percent of Davis' shots are outside 12 feet.
Davis agreed to a four-year, $26 million deal with the Magic. He and Von Wafer were acquired in a sign-and-trade deal from the Boston Celtics for Brandon Bass.
Davis had wanted to start, but that role has gone to Ryan Anderson, who has been better offensively than Davis and appears to be in better shape.
Dwight Howard declined to say what advice he would give Davis.
"We'll talk," Howard said. "That's something that has to stay in the locker room as a team."
Out of the contestHoward has not changed his mind about next month's NBA dunk contest at Amway Center.
He still is retired from the event.
Asked Wednesday if he would compete in the contest Feb. 25, the night before the All-Star Game, Howard dismissed the idea.
"I'm too old for that," Howard responded.
During the 2009-10 season, Howard said he was done with the contest. He has said he wants to cut down on the wear-and-tear on his legs. He also has said it's difficult to come up with original ideas for the event.
Howard competed in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
In 2008, he won the contest when he took off his Magic jersey to reveal a Superman T-shirt and also donned a Superman cape.