``I think you have to maintain and have a consistent clarity about what the future holds. But you also have to have an extreme presence in the now because that’s what gets you to the future,’’ Vaughn said. ``For me as a coach, my optimum goal is to maximize every player that we have on this team. Where that leads to, hopefully it will be to great heights for this organization. My concentration is on this year and today, and I think that puts us in a pretty good place.’’

In today’s instant-gratification culture, front offices, coaches and franchises are often pressured to forsake the future and do whatever it takes to win now. The Magic have vowed to remain patient and not deviate from the plan – even if that takes some reminding from time to time.

``I have to tell myself every day to be patient, and sometimes they have to tell me that, too,’’ joked Oladipo, the prized No. 2 pick from last June’s NBA Draft. ``It’s just a process and I’m looking forward to going through it. … I think it’s pretty cool and fun to (build a team) this way, and I’m just glad to be a part of it, really. We just have to keep growing and getting better day-in and day-out and eventually we’ll get to where we need to be.’’

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