Orlando Pinstriped Post has gone in depth on Orlando Magic Media Day, and may have a few more stories about it yet. But until then, here's a look at some of the smaller stories to come out of Monday's event.
Training camp opens Tuesday.
Nicholson, three-point ace?
Andrew Nicholson opened some eyes over the summer with his 45.5 percent three-point shooting for Canada in FIBA Americas play. Nicholson said that he indeed plans to expand his shooting range in his second professional season, perhaps out to the NBA's three-point line.
"I've been working on that all summer," Nicholson said of his three-point shot. "It's definitely something me and the coaches have been going at for a majority of the time. So adding that to my game will definitely make me more of a threat on offense."
Not that Nicholson is a slouch on offense. He averaged 16.9 points per 36 minutes as a rookie, good for third among 2012 Draft picks who logged at least 1200 minutes.
Oladipo inks Jordan deal
Victor Oladipo said he's signed a contract with Jordan. He wore a pair of Melo M9 sneakers, the signature shoe of Carmelo Anthony, to Media Day. One hopes that Oladipo's sneaker game is as tight as Quentin Richardson's, the previous Magic player with a Jordan deal.
Oladipo wore Kevin Durant's signature shoes, the Nike KD V, to the NBA's rookie photoshoot in August and a mix of Nike and Adidas at the Orlando Pro Summer League.
Osby hoping to find an NBA nicheSecond-round Darft choice Romero Osby, who only signed with the team Friday after a summer of uncertainty, didn't really consider playing overseas as an option. Though his agent presented him with opportunities to play professionally outside the States, Osby has other priorities: "[Playing overseas] is something that I didn't wanna do just for the simple fact that I'm married," Osby said. "I got a daughter. I got a family here in Orlando, in the United States, and I wanted to be able to stay close to my family." He later added that he thinks Orlando "is a great place to bring a family up."
Kyle O`Quinn mentioned that he's studied film of Nick Collison over the summer. For his part, Osby said that likes to watch film on Udonis Haslem, Kenneth Faried, and Paul Millsap. Though Osby didn't specify as much, it's obvious why those three players appeal so heavily to the Oklahoma product: they are, like Osby, undersized power forwards who have to play exceptionally hard in order to excel.
Millsap is of particular interest to Osby, because he "started off with a niche--rebounding--and he continued to expand his game over the years." Osby hopes to take a similar approach with regard to establishing a niche and building his game around it. Osby's niche? "Rebounding, playing hard, [and] being able to show that I can play good post D," he said.
Magic a "comfortable fit" for Maxiell
Jason Maxiell is a man of few words. His scrum lasted less than three minutes, by my count, as the 30-year-old gave clear and concise answers to each question asked of him. The biggest takeaway is that he felt encouraged to sign with Orlando as a free agent because of his relationship with Magic assistant general manager Scott Perry. Prior to joining Rob Hennigan's staff in Orlando, Perry worked with the Pistons, for whom Maxiell played the first eight seasons of his career. "I thought it was a more comfortable fit," Maxiell said of the Magic, "and it felt like home."
Jones' Orlando homecoming
Eight-year veteran Solomon Jones signed a non-guaranteed deal to join the Magic for training camp. He's a known commodity in Central Florida, given that he starred for the University of South Florida just down Interstate-4 in Tampa and that he grew up in Mount Dora. He said he grew up a Magic fan and loved, in particular, rooting for Penny Hardaway and Tracy McGrady. His allegiance to Orlando caused a bit of conflict at home, as his mother's side of the family supported the Chicago Bulls.
Jones said it'd be "great" to be part of his hometown team's 25th anniversary season, and he vowed that he would make the cut. "I'll be here," he said. Jones splits his offseasons between Atlanta, Miami, and Mount Dora.