By Dan SavageJanuary 3, 2013
It’s no secret that the Orlando Magic have missed Glen Davis.
After riding a four-game winning streak prior to his shoulder injury, the Magic have dropped seven straight since their starting power forward went down.
However, Orlando received some good news on Thursday when Davis stepped on the court following practice and went through a series of shooting, pick-and-pop and dribble-drive drills.
“Today was my first day really shooting,” he said. “I felt good.”
Davis looked agile, shot the ball extremely well and did a superb job of finishing at the rim.
“I’m just trying to prepare myself,” he explained. “I’m not trying to overdo anything; I’m just trying to work myself slowly.”
Still, he’ll have to take several more steps before he returns to game action. For starters, he’ll need to see how his body responds to Thursday’s session and then he’ll have to endure several practices with contact.
“There are a lot of other things, it is not just range of motion,” Big Baby explained. “Can you take a hit? And your confidence at the same time. The doctors have procedures on how I should feel, so I’m just going to take it one day at a time.”
Although, there’s no exact timetable on his return, it’s expected that Davis is still a few weeks away from being back in the Magic’s lineup.
In the meantime, he’ll remain on the squad’s bench doing his best to support his teammates.
“You want to be a leader and be a cheerleader as much as you can,” Davis added. “I just feel bad, being a leader, I just feel bad that I let my team down and my body let my team down. At the end of the day, I just try to fight through it and be there for them as much as I can.”
Despite dropping seven consecutive games since his injury, Orlando (12-20) remains only 2.5 games out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Big Baby hopes the team can remain in the hunt until he returns.
“I have a big role here, but guys have to step up and this is a learning curve for our young guys," he said. "We have to get it done, no matter if I’m here, there, it does not matter, we have to get it done. No excuses.”
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