One of the biggest reasons the Orlando Magic sought Arron Afflalo in the Dwight Howard trade, reports Steve Kyler of HOOPSWORLD, is his will to win. The five-year veteran has only been on one losing team in his career, and has taken the Magic's 2-5 start to his first season in pinstripes hard. According to Kyler, Afflalo sometimes works out after games in order to release the frustration of losing.
"It's obvious that you're taking some of these losses hard. Is that how you are, is that who you are as a player?" Kyler asked Afflalo after Orlando's 99-89 loss to the New York Knicks on Tuesday, one in which Orlando committed seven turnovers in the decisive fourth quarter.
"Yeah, I wanna win," Afflalo said. "I wanna win. I wanna win bad every time I step on the court. There's no other way to put it."
Kyler reports that some players in Orlando's locker room during the lockout-shortened 2011/12 season "were OK with getting outworked." Adding Afflalo, who has increased his scoring average in each of his five professional seasons, and who has developed from a shooting specialist to a versatile, all-around offensive player, is one part of changing that culture.