LAWRENCE FRANK, Head Coach On tonight’s game... “The thing is that you have so many combinations. I think that in summer league the key is that we aren’t going to play to just one guy. The ball is going to move. We had some really good stretches of really solid play. The nice thing was that we’d make a mistake and bounce back. You like to see the confidence. You like to have that faith and that trust and that confidence.”
On Brook Lopez’s performance tonight... “We are playing a team game, but when he had opportunities, he was especially assertive in the third quarter; he gave us a nice little pick up. It is the first game, but he had a nice stretch. You look at his first two post touches. He was very assertive. He was getting them deep. He gets the pick and pop jumper, so he got a nice little rhythm going. I think now the thing is for a seven foot center that tomorrow he has to come with the mentality that he is going to dominate the glass. He is going to have to rebound the ball. He was a presence on the rim. With Sean (Williams) and Brook you have two potential shot blockers out there.”
On Jaycee Carroll... “We like Jaycee (Carroll). We were trying to get a late second round pick to get him. We fought very very hard to get him on our team.”
CHRIS DOUGLAS-ROBERTS, Guard On tonight's game... “It was a summer league game, and it was my first organized game in the NBA, but I wasn’t nervous. I’m very confident in my teammates. We went out there prepared and ready to win the game.”
BROOK LOPEZ, Center On tonight's game... “It was my first organized NBA game so I came out looking to play hard and come out and bring a lot of energy.”
On the Nets rookies being leaders... “We know that this young team so we know that some of the young guys are going to have to step up.”
RYAN ANDERSON, Forward On tonight's game... “It was great today, coming out for the first game, I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time. Definitely after training camp it is all coming together. Guys were really looking forward to coming out today and we are going to just keep building and building from each game. This is the starting point.”
On getting open looks in the Nets offense... “Spacing is something that I need to work on even more. It would give me even more open jump shots. Finding the open spots and playing on the perimeter isn’t really something that I’ve done before, but if that’s something that they want me to do then I’ll definitely be in the position to do that because I can shoot the ball. Shooting the ball deep is something that I’ve always been able to do, and I might not get that respect, so I’m going to shoot it if they give it to me.”
On the Nets summer league team... “We are a close group. After the training camp we have just really come together great. We pick each other up when we are on the ground and we are cheering each other on. We are all excited to be out here and be playing right now. Each of us is building off each other. Everybody’s been great.”
By Jason Wallace at orlandomagic.com | July 7, 2008
• Courtney Lee, the Magic's first round pick (No. 22), scored 13 points in 33 minutes in his inaugural performance in a Magic uniform, but Orlando couldn't overcome Jaycee Carroll's 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the New Jersey Nets defeated the Orlando Magic, 86-74, in the nightcap of Day One in the Orlando Pro Summer League.
• The story of the game was how New Jersey dominated the paint, holding a 40-18 edge in points in the paint and out-rebounding the Magic by a margin of 39-28. Trailing 44-38 at halftime, the Magic could only pull within four points, trailing 57-53 in the third quarter, before the Nets started to pull away and extended their lead to 68-56 heading into the final stanza.
• New Jersey was paced by Utah State product Carroll, but also had some strong contributions from their highly-touted rookie class. Rookies Brook Lopez (Stanford), Chris Douglas-Roberts (Memphis) and Ryan Anderson (California) all made their debut for the Nets, with C.D.R. leading the way with 15 points, followed by Anderson's 14 and Lopez's 10 off the bench.
• Orlando also had a strong effort by Derrick Byars, B.J. Elder and Kevin Kruger, as they scored 15, 14 and 12, respectively. Marcin Gortat added six points and grabbed eight rebounds in the loss.
• The Magic will try and even their record tomorrow when they face Oklahoma City in the second game of the three-game Day Two, while New Jersey will try and remain undefeated in the 2008 Orlando Pro Summer League when they open the competition against Miami at the RDV Sportsplex.
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