Magic's Jameer Nelson sits out Friday's practice with a sore left knee

SALT LAKE CITY — Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson, who has been bothered by a sore left knee lately and sat out Wednesday's loss to the Phoenix Suns, did not practice with his teammates on Friday.

Nelson has not been ruled out for Saturday night's game against the Utah Jazz.

Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said he planned to see how Nelson's knee responded to another day of rest and treatment.

If Nelson doesn't play against the Jazz, it would lead to an increased role for Magic rookie Victor Oladipo.

On Dec. 18 when the Jazz beat the Magic 86-82 at Amway Center, Oladipo had a rough night. He went 1 for 12 from the field and paired two assists with two turnovers.

Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin has watched recent tape of Oladipo and said he thinks Oladipo has improved.

"He's playing with a lot more energy," Corbin said Friday. "He's an energy player, anyway. I think he's learned now how and when to exert it at the pace he has to play with. On the defensive end, he's all over the place. He's in to his guy [on defense]. And, offensively, he's pushing the tempo and giving himself opportunities early coming off the weak side and attacking.

"I think he's learned a lot of lessons this year about how he has to play at a certain level of energy to be effective."

The Jazz are led by a rookie point guard, Trey Burke.

In college, Oladipo's Indiana Hoosiers and Burke's Michigan Wolverines were huge rivals.

The Jazz are 21-36 this season when Burke plays. When Burke missed the first 12 games of the season because of a finger injury, the Jazz went 1-11.

Oladipo isn't surprised by Burke's impact.

"I knew he was a good player in college," Oladipo said. "I know he can affect a team in a positive way, so once they started playing better, I wasn't really surprised because I know how good he is."

When the Jazz beat the Magic in mid-December, Burke scored 30 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out eight assists.

One of the knocks against Burke was his height — that at 6-feet-1 he was supposedly too short to succeed in the NBA.

"He continues to want to prove people wrong," Vaughn said. "Part of that is the way he approaches the game every day."

Honoring Hill
Magic officials announced they will honor Grant Hill during the team's home game Tuesday against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Magic signed Hill to a free-agent contract in 2000, but injuries limited Hill to 200 games over the next seven seasons.

The ceremony honoring Hill will be a part of the franchise's ongoing 25th-anniversary celebration.

Fortunate scheduling
Tobias Harris
was ecstatic that Friday's NCAA Tournament game between Providence and North Carolina was scheduled to begin well after the Magic practiced on Friday.

One of Harris' younger brothers, Tyler Harris, plays for Providence.

And what if the Providence-North Carolina game was played during the Magic's practice?

Tobias Harris smiled when he thought of that possibility just before practice.

"I would've had my iPad up here watching some of the game," he said. Read his blog at and follow him on Twitter at @JoshuaBRobbins.

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