WDBO Sports Director Scott Anez has seen, or listened to, every Orlando Magic game ever played! A local boy who graduated from Lake Brantley High School and UCF, Scott began his career by covering the Magic's inaugural season in 1989 and he is known as the Voice of the Magic Fan in Orlando. This is Scott's 21st season hosting FM 96.5 and AM 580 Newstalk WDBO Inside Magic, the highest rated sports talk show in Orlando. He also serves as Broadcast Host for the Orlando Magic Radio Network. Scott shares his unique take on what's happening at Two Magic Place and beyond with ANEZ SEZ. Read more of Scott's previous blogs at the Anez Sez archive or at http://580wdbo.com.
Posted by Scott Anez, Friday, October 12, 2012, 10:30 AM
Deep Thoughts From Game 2
…Jacque Vaughn is calm, cool, collected, and consistent on the bench. At one point in the first quarter, Hedo Turkoglu customarily chucked the ball about six feet over Jameer Nelson’s head. Having been conditioned to glance over at the Magic bench after a patented Hedo miscue, I expected to see Stan Van Gundy jump up from the bench, roll his eyes and scream at the top of his lungs. Instead, Jacque didn’t bat an eyelash. He sat there, with a little smile on his face, and didn’t say a word. Jacque Vaughn is the Anti-Stan.
…Nik Vucevic got the start at the center spot Thursday night—and he played well (12 points and 10 rebounds). I like Vucevic. No, he’s not Dwight Howard—and he and Gustavo Ayon have a long way to go in terms of development. But Vucevic is very skilled around the basket. He’s got a great nose for the ball off the glass. On the air, I described Nik as Darko Milicic with a work ethic.
…The absence of Dwight Howard in the Amway Center Thursday night was palpable. There’s no denying that. After watching D-12 suit up for the Magic for most every game over the last eight years, it was bizarre at times looking out onto the court and not seeing him there. But, I must tell you, I was so soured by Dwight’s drama and deceit of last season, that it was refreshing to just enjoy the game of NBA basketball again without the nonsense.
…Never read much into preseason results---especially when you have guys like Jones, Johnson, Ayon, Nicholson and Moore on the court to close out the fourth quarter.
…Offensively, I think this Magic team is gonna score some points this season. They’re gonna push the ball—and the motion offense that Coach Vaughn has installed is gonna be difficult to guard. Defensively, well, that may be another story. I saw a lotta guys loafing Thursday night, especially in transition. That will not cut it at this level.
…First-round draft pick Andrew Nicholson is an acquired taste. When I saw him in the summer league, I wasn’t a huge fan. I just didn’t think he had the toughness and the athletic ability to compete. However, the more I see of him, the more I like him. He’s got an unorthodox style---almost awkward at times. But, he’s got great instincts. He’s got range on his jump shot…He’s got a scorer’s mentality around the bucket and can use both hands down there on a nifty little jump-hook. He kinda reminds me of old Cedric Maxwell back in the day with the Celtics—not the most athletically gifted guy in the world, but, a guy who was efficient and had a knack for doing things to help you win games.
…I like Big Baby’s look this year. Glen Davis had 16 points and 12 rebounds in 27 minutes vs. Philly. It’s obvious that Baby is in much better shape this season than he was last year. I think Baby is primed for his best season as a pro.
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