Denton's Notebook: Dec. 14


By John Denton
December 14, 2012

ORLANDO – Orlando Magic shooting guard Arron Afflalo is one of the team’s most analytical thinkers, often delving much deeper than just results and looking for the cause and effect of winning and losing.

When the Magic lose, Afflalo usually takes those defeats hard, remaining at his locker stall for several minutes while pondering where things went wrong. Afflalo said he thinks it’s actually good that the Magic have had to go through some early-season adversity because it helps to build character and exposes the team’s flaws so that they can be corrected.

``I think it’s actually good sometimes that we have down times, you learn from that and you figure out how to bounce back,’’ Afflalo said. ``You take from it how to stay away from the bad times. I think that road trip was great for us. Some of our struggles were hard to watch, but it was a good learning experience for us. We’re just trying to correct our mistakes and keep moving forward.’’

Afflalo, whom the Magic acquired in a trade from Denver last August, has successfully made the adjustment to a new coaching staff and new teammates in Orlando. He came into Friday’s game against Golden State leading the Magic in scoring at 16.1 points per game. He has 18 double-digit scoring nights and he’s led the squad in scoring six times this season. And defensively, he’s had a steal in 11 games and four times he’s had at least two steals.

``You come in with an ambition and an understanding from your experiences before, but it takes some ups and downs throughout this season to get a feel for your teammates and what you are dealing with on a night-in, night-out basis,’’ Afflalo said.

``Even as we’ve expanded into new roles with the change in personnel in players, we’re working on it and getting better.’’

REDICK GIVE-AWAY: As the 2012 recipient of the Rich and Helen Community Enrichment Award, Magic guard J.J. Redick was given $50,000 that he can award to any local non-profit organization that he chooses.

While Redick has already given away $25,000 of the grant money to Orlando’s Russell Home for Atypical Children, he is holding a contest to decide what other non-profit organization in Central Florida will be awarded the other $25,000 of grant money.

Interested parties can get in contention for the grant money by sending a video (using Twitvid, YouTube, etc.) no longer than two minutes describing the impact one non-profit organization has had on your life and why that organization should receive the money. Send a link to your video using the hashtag, #JJDonates25k to JJ’s twitter account, @JJRedick.

``The money is out there and ready to be given, so we’re excited,’’ Redick said. ``We figured this would be a way to learn about a new nonprofit that (wife) Chelsea (Redick) and I could get involved with.’’

All of the details for the contest are at orlandomagic.com under the community tab.

ETC: A moment of silence was held before Friday night’s game in honor of those who were killed during an elementary school shooting Newtown, Conn. Earlier on Friday. Golden State coach Mark Jackson, a man of deep religious faith, said he was deeply saddened by mass shooting. Said Jackson: ``It's a sad day. And to see the president teary-eyed (and) emotional -- it has impacted all of us. I’ve got kids, who we take for granted waking them up and sending them to school. It's just a tragedy. So we're just lifting up that entire community. It’s a difficult time. I have texted back and forth with my daughter. It leaves you speechless as a tragedy. I really pray for folks that are struggling on a daily basis that have dark thoughts. I pray for them get help because they need help and it’s so many folks that they’re impacting if they don’t seek the help. And I encourage the folks that’s around them that know that they need the help – don't try to be experts. Seek help. Because we wind up with days like this.’’ … Magic coach Jacque Vaughn kept his starting lineup the same on Friday despite the team’s poor starts of late. The Magic have trailed after the first quarter in 10 of the past 11 games, prompting some to wonder if the team should replace struggling rookie small forward Maurice Harkless. But Vaughn said the rookie is making progress and he had no plans of taking him out of the lineup any time soon. … The Magic play in Charlotte on Saturday night against a Bobcats team that has lost 10 consecutive games. However, with seven victories the Bobcats have already eclipsed last season’s win total. ====

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