Former Tavares High and UCF guard Jermaine Taylor relishes every opportunity to play in Orlando.
After he spent last season playing overseas and for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League, Taylor suited up Friday night for the Cleveland Cavaliers in an exhibition game against the Orlando Magic.
Taylor, 26, is attempting to make the Cavaliers' roster.
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He spent Thursday night at his family's home in Tavares.
"I love it," Taylor said before tipoff.
"Every time I come back here, I kind of have the same routine. I go back to see my mom and see my family. I was able to sleep in my own bed last night. Since I've been in Cleveland — I've been there for a month — I've been sleeping in a hotel. So just to get back and lay in my own bed and be back in my hometown and see my family, my mom and my cousins . . . just the way everything was planned out was perfect."
Taylor played for the Cavaliers in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and earned a chance to make the squad's regular-season roster.
"Jermaine's been fun to have around," Cavs coach Mike Brown said. "He was great for us in the summer. He's a great, great guy. Every possession, he's leaving it out on the floor, and he's very talented. He's helped us tremendously as a staff and as a team, and he's got a legitimate shot of making our team."
Taylor didn't receive any playing time Friday as the Cavs beat the Magic 110-105.
A few days ago, Magic power forward Glen Davis was given clearance to begin some light shooting, and he put up some shots on Amway Center's game court before Friday's tipoff. He didn't elevate on his shots like he would during a game, but he appears to be progressing in his rehab from surgery on his left foot in July.
• Magic guard Doron Lamb is still hampered by a sprained right ankle. He walked around Amway Center in a walking boot.
• Former Magic combo forward Earl Clark started at small forward for the Cavs.
• Magic training-camp/preseason invitee Solomon Jones is from Mount Dora, but Jones didn't have an excessive number of ticket requests for Friday night. "Nobody's come out of the woodwork yet," he joked. He gave out three or four tickets — including one for his mom and one for his sister.
• The Magic are modifying their in-game presentation this season. The team is using the preseason to audition new in-game emcees.
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