Hedo Turkoglu jogged through some of the length-of-the court sprints near the end of the Magic’s practice Wednesday. Typical for a veteran like Turk to save his legs and energy for the marathon season.
“I feel good,” he said. “In this situation, I will try to make some plays, set up guys and play my game.”
He’s the Magic’s oldest player at 34. “No, I think Al (Harrington) is,” laughed Turk. Harrington has played more seasons than Turk --- 14 to Turk’s 12 – but he is a year younger than Turkoglu.
The Magic expect Turkoglu to provide leadership and ball-handling.
But Turk might have somebody nipping at his heels this season.
The buzz around the Magic is how impressed everyone is with rookie Maurice Harkless.
Harkless has been limited by an offseason surgery for a sports hernia and isn’t expected to return until mid-November to officially begin his pro career in the regular season. But coaches have liked what they have seen so far from the athletic, 19-year-old who played at St. John’s.
The Sixers sent Harkless, their first-round pick, to the Magic as part of the meg deal that netted them Andrew Bynum from the Lakers.
If Harkless merits playing time, this is the perfect scenario for the Magic to work on the player development aspect. Harkless would share time with Turk, maybe even inherit the starting job at some point.
Brian Schmitz is the Magic Insider for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. And you can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/@magicinsider.