Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Magic sees signs of improvement

ORLANDO — It has been two seasons since the Magic went through near-wholesale changes that included a franchise player's exit and bringing in a new general manager and coaching staff.

The two seasons since have produced just 20 and 23 victories following Wednesday night's season finale.

While fans haven't seen a lot of positive oncourt results yet, the new regime is hoping that it can remain patient entering what could the most pivotal offseason to date of the current rebuilding project.

"I think if you look back on the year, I think we made some positive strides. Strides in the right direction," Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said Thursday.

Solid seasons from No. 2 overall draft pick Victor Oladipo and third-year center Nik Vucevic gives team officials even more confidence. The Magic has two lottery picks in June's draft and roster flexibility to bring in veterans.

"I think there are more steps than just the win and loss column. You can prepare to win. There's also cultivating," coach Jacque Vaughn said. "It's similar to a garden. You have to cultivate, you have to feed it. You got to weed out some things. You got to fertilize it. So there's steps to making that garden grow."

Point guard Jameer Nelson, 32, who has spent his entire 10-year career in Orlando, is the oldest player. There is uncertainty about whether Nelson will be back next season. He is due $8 million in the final year of his contract in 2014-15, but the Magic would owe him $2 million if he is waived by July 15.

"I would love to continue to play here and be here and see this thing turn around. I'll just keep my fingers crossed,'' Nelson said.

MELO MEETS JACKSON: Carmelo Anthony said he wants to stay in New York and said he wants to win. It will be up to new team president Phil Jackson to convince him that he can do both. "I want to come back. I also want to win. Me wanting to be here, if we can put ourselves in position to at least compete at a high level over the course of whatever, five years, the contract would be, then I'm willing to stay here," he said. Anthony met with Jackson, then said he's "not at a point in my career where I want to rebuild." Anthony endorsed coach Mike Woodson, despite the Knicks going 37-45 and missing the playoffs. Amare Stoudemire said Woodson wasn't at his exit meeting with Jackson and GM Steve Mills.

ADELMAN OUT? Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman will not return next season, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The Timberwolves went 40-42 this season, and Adelman, 67, has a 97-133 record in three seasons in Minnesota.

Sager's son tweets dad's illness: TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager begins treatment today for acute leukemia, his son Craig Sager II tweeted. Sager's son said the family found out about the leukemia after being told his father was clear.

Playoffs

EAST

Pacers (1) vs. Hawks (8)

Saturday: at Indiana, 7, ESPN

Tuesday: at Indiana, 7, TNT

Thursday: at Atlanta, 7, NBA

April 26: at Atlanta, 2, TNT

April 28: at Indiana, 8, NBA*

May 1: at Atlanta, TBD*

May 3: at Indiana, TBD, TNT*

Heat (2) vs. Bobcats (7)

Sunday: at Miami, 3:30, Ch. 28

Wednesday: at Miami, 7, TNT

April 26: at Charlotte, 7, ESPN

April 28: at Charlotte, 7, TNT

April 30: at Miami, TBD*

May 2: at Charlotte, TBD*

May 4: at Miami, TBD*

Raptors (3) vs. Nets (6)

Saturday: at Toronto, 12:30, ESPN

Tuesday: at Toronto, 8, NBA

April 25: at Brooklyn, 7, ESPN2

April 27: at Brooklyn, 7, TNT

April 30: at Toronto, TBD*

May 2: at Brooklyn, TBD*

May 4: at Toronto, TBD*

Bulls (4) vs. Wizards (5)

Sunday: at Chicago, 7, TNT

Tuesday: at Chicago, 9:30, TNT

April 25: at Washington, 8, ESPN

April 27: at Washington, 1, Ch. 28

April 29: at Chicago, TBD*

May 1: at Washington, TBD*

May 3: at Chicago, TBD, TNT*

WEST

Spurs (1) vs. Mavericks (8)

Sunday: at San Antonio, 1, TNT

Wed.: at San Antonio, 8, NBA

April 26: at Dallas, 4:30, TNT

April 28: at Dallas, 9:30, TNT

April 30: at San Antonio, TBD*

May 2: at Dallas, TBD*

May 4: at San Antonio, TBD*

Thunder (2) vs. Grizzlies (7)

Saturday: at Okla. City, 9:30, ESPN

Monday: at Okla. City, 8, TNT

Thursday: at Memphis, 8, TNT

April 26: at Memphis, 9:30, ESPN

April 29: at Okla. City, TBD*

May 1: at Memphis, TBD*

May 3: at Okla. City, TBD, TNT*

Clippers (3) vs. Warriors (6)

Saturday: at L.A., 3:30, Ch. 28

Monday: at L.A., 10:30, TNT

Thursday: at Golden St., 10:30, TNT

April 27: at Golden St., 3:30, Ch. 28

April 29: at L.A., TBD*

May 1: at Golden St., TBD*

May 3: at L.A., TBD, TNT *

Rockets (4) vs. Blazers (5)

Sunday: at Houston, 9:30, TNT

Wednesday: at Houston, 9:30, TNT

April 25: at Portland, 10:30, ESPN

April 27: at Portland, 9:30, TNT

April 30: at Houston, TBD*

May 2: at Portland, TBD*

May 4: at Houston, TBD*

* If necessary

Magic sees signs of improvement 04/17/14 [Last modified: Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:44pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Buccaneers-Vikings Turning Point, Week 3: Overreaction vs. reality

    Bucs

    "None of us really know how this group of 53 guys is going to come together and how we're going to play this season."

    Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs torched a porous Bucs secondary Sunday with eight catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns. [Getty Images]
  2. Jake Dotchin on rule violation: 'It's hurting me'

    Blogs

    While defenseman Jake Dotchin continues to practice with the Lightning, it's uncertain when - or if - he'll get any preseason action.

    Jake Dotchin violated an unspecified team rule, which is why he hasn't played in the first four games.
  3. PolitiFact: Trump's Mostly False claim that NFL ratings are 'way down'

    Bucs

    The statement

    "NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country."

    Quarterback Jameis Winston is sacked during the first half of the Bucs' 34-17 loss to the Vikings on Sunday. (LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times)
  4. Bucs couldn't connect on or stop deep passes in loss to Vikings

    Bucs

    If two things were established as storylines entering Sunday's Bucs-Vikings game, it was that Tampa Bay was still struggling to establish the deep passes that were missing from its offense last year, and that …

    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) gets into the end zone for a long touchdown reception as Bucs free safety Chris Conte (23) cannot stop him during the second half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  5. Nine Gators, including Antonio Callaway and Jordan Scarlett, face felony fraud accusations

    Blogs

    Nine Florida Gators face at least 62 potential felony charges on accusations of credit card fraud. 

    Star receiver Antonio Callaway is among at least four Florida Gators who face potential felony charges on accusations of fraud.