"This isn't about John Gabriel. It's about a guy that has Parkinson's disease who is going to live a completely normal life, including in my occupation. Don't want anyone to feel sorry for me. I don't feel that way at all," he said.
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The Magic have the 19th pick in the June draft, their highest selection available since 2006 (J.J. Redick was No. 11).
The Magic's needs are small forward and point guard (although you never know how the roster will look if Dwight Howard demands to be traded).
But as it stands now, here are some of the players who might be available to them:
•Point guards: Not a great class. Damian Lillard (Weber State) and Kendall Marshall (North Carolina) likely won't drop to the Magic, leaving combo guards Dion Waiters (Syracuse) and Troy Wroten (Washington). Marquis Teague (Kentucky) should be there, but he's erratic.
•Small forwards: Jeff Taylor (Vanderbilt), Terrence Jones (Kentucky) and Royce White (Iowa State) could be available at a position headed by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Kentucky) and Harrison Barnes (North Carolina). Quincy Miller (Baylor) and Maurice Harkless (St. John's) are other prospects.
Last time we checked on former Magic PG Steve Francis, he was being released by the Beijing Ducks in China.
(Quick story: Francis' China debut was typically bizarre. He checked in with an ice pack still taped to his right ankle and played for 17 seconds. Which reminds me of a Francis line when once asked about a Magic losing stretch: "We've been hearing ... we're the worst team since sliced bread."
Francis is now keeping busy producing and recording rap under the hip-hop label Mazerati Music.
His new music video is called "Finer Things," complete with Stevie Franchise rapping about bling and champagne and private jets in the company of a young lady. Worst thing since sliced bread.
This 'n' That
Coach of the Year? How about Paul Silas for steering the Charlotte Bobcats to seven wins, the worst winning percentage in NBA history? He at least gave the Mildcats hope (more than owner Michael Jordan can say) especially if they land Anthony Davis in the lottery. ... Best news: Metta World Peace says he won't use Twitter again until after July. One of his last tweets: "I lost almost 10 million dollars with suspensions. … Not happy about that." Will Lakers give World Peace amnesty?... I at least hope that Dwight Howard is watching the Magic on television. Saturday's game (ESPN) aired in L.A. at 4 p.m. If he instead watched the "World's Strongest Man Competition" (ESPN 2), "Punk'd" (CMT) or "My Cat From Hell" (Animal Planet), I'd say the Magic are in trouble this summer.