Denton: Davis Fined; Harris Getting Healthy; Power Point
By John Denton
Nov. 13, 2013
ORLANDO – The Orlando Magic fined forward Glen ``Big Baby’’ Davis an undisclosed amount following his actions on Saturday, Nov. 9, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced on Wednesday.
TMZSports.com had video footage of Davis jerking a keyboard out of a computer and throwing it against the wall. The incident happened at approximately 4 a.m. at a Travelodge hotel near downtown Orlando.
``We will not tolerate or condone this type of behavior,’’ Hennigan said in a release. ``As we have stated repeatedly, when a player puts on an Orlando Magic uniform, he is representing something much greater than himself. We expect our players to uphold a certain standard of conduct and character at all times.’’
Davis has yet to play this season after having two surgical procedures on his left foot. He fractured a bone in the foot last January and then needed a second surgery to stabilize the bone in July.
HARRIS GETTING HEALTHY: There is still no timetable on the return of Tobias Harris, but the sweet-shooting forward was back around the team Tuesday and Wednesday after missing the past road trip to rehabilitate his sprained left ankle.
Harris sprained his ankle on Oct. 15 when he was accidentally kicked in the foot during a practice in Houston. He played on the ankle five days later, but reinjured it badly in a preseason game against the Detroit Pistons. He’s been out more than three weeks, but said on Tuesday that he’s finally being allowed to ramp up the intensity on his workouts.
``I’m doing a lot of cardio, but I’m still kind of limited. I’m just trying to get back healthy and back to 100 percent,’’ Harris said. ``It’s getting stronger, but we haven’t been doing too much on the court. So we’re taking it slow and making sure that it’s fully healed before I get back out there. … It’s going to take time, but when I’m ready to go I’m be able to do all of the things that I have done before, I’ll be back out there.’’
The Magic acquired Harris, along with guard Doron Lamb, last February from Milwaukee in a trade that centered around guard J.J. Redick. Harris averaged 17.3 points and 9.5 rebounds over the final 27 games of last season – one of just five NBA players to do so last season.
Harris said the most difficult part of being injured is having to watch games from afar and know that he could greatly help the Magic with his scoring punch and toughness on the boards. ``That kills me, watching the games and knowing that I could be out there helping,’’ he said. ``But it just prepares me to get back in here (at the Magic headquarters) to work and get better, do the rehab and get back to where I need to be.’’
POWER POINT: While Magic rookie Victor Oladipo was well aware of the star power that he would be facing every night at point guard, he has gotten a subtle reminder recently that everybody in the NBA is pretty good at that position.
With the Magic recently playing the Atlanta Hawks and the Boston Celtics (twice), Oladipo got a look at the depth at point guard in the NBA in the form of Jeff Teague and Avery Bradley. Teague burned the Magic for 19 points and 13 assists, while Bradley had 24 points on 10 of 15 shooting on Monday in Boston.
Add those two to a list that already includes Derrick Rose, Tony Parker, Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Kyrie Irving, Steve Nash, Mike Conley, Deron Williams, Damian Lillard, Ty Lawson, Ricky Rubio, Jrue Holliday and rookie Michael Carter-Williams and it’s easy to see why the point guard is considered the deepest and most talented position in the NBA.
``Everybody is good in this league,’’ Oladipo said. ``It’s the NBA for a reason. It’s the best league in the world. These are the best players in the world and no matter if they are all-stars or not, they’re still good.’’
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