Ronnie Price was leaving the locker room and told rookie Victor Oladipo just to wait for the regular season. There the intensity and the play will ratchet up a bit. The minutes will increase and the games will actually count for something.
Oladipo smiled and started belting out "I'm So Excited" by The Pointer Sisters.
That might be the feeling for many in locker rooms around the NBA as the regular season gets set to start Tuesday -- for the Magic in Indianapolis.
Almost immediately after the Magic's 101-82 loss to the Pelicans at Amway Center on Friday, the focus began to turn toward who will still be with the roster when the team heads to Indiana and whether the Magic were ready for the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
"Whether it is in practice or in games, coach has been just switching up lineups to see what he likes for opening night," Maurice Harkless said. "I pretty much have a feel for playing with everyone now. I think he did a good job playing everyone together a good amount of minutes."
That might have been the most important thing coming out of this preseason. That, health and who would make the final roster.
One of those questions was answered shortly after the game with the Magic releasing second round pick Romero Osby and training camp invitees, Mickell Gladness, Kris Joseph and Manny Harris. Invitee Solomon Jones made the team's final regular season roster.no comments