Off to the franchise's worst 6-game start since the 2005-06 season, members of the Magic have mirrored their head coach's approach of staying positive in the face of adversity. After the team's fourth loss in a row, an 8 point setback in Brooklyn Sunday in which the Magic fell behind by as many as 20, first-year head man Jacque Vaughn said he was encouraged by his team's will to fight. The NBA veterans on the Magic roster echoed Vaughn's thoughts Monday after practice.
"We have a lot of talent in this lockerroom and we have a great, young, energetic coaching staff who's going to try to help put us in a succesful situation," said point guard Jameer Nelson, "We're trying to do things the right way. We make mistakes and we're going to continue to make mistakes. It's how we get better."
The Magic will instantly become better once Nelson returns to the lineup. The starting point guard, hampered by a strained groin, has missed the last 5 games. Nelson participated in practice Monday but is unsure if he'll play Tuesday night against the Knicks.
New York is off to the NBA's best start, 4 & 0, and is led by Carmelo Anthony's league best 27.3 ppg.
"The NBA. Pretty tough. Another good task for us. See if we can get better," said Vaughn shaking his head, "Boils down to being as simple as that. Are we going to be a better team than we were when we played Brooklyn last game?"
Magic fans certainly hope so. Tipoff at the Amway Center is at 7 on Tuesday.