Jameer Nelson thinks there will be plenty of shots to go around
Month of Magic Each day leading up to the season, we’ll take a look at the Orlando Magic by featuring a different player, coach, or storyline. Sept. 28: Training camp begins
When the Magic added Vince Carter this summer and let fan-favorite Hedo Turkoglu leave via free agency, fans and analysts openly questioned whether or not there would be enough shots to go around for the team's 2009-10 starting line-up. With Carter, Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis and Jameer Nelson all on the floor at the same time, the concerns could prove to be valid. But when Nelson, the team's point guard and primary distributor, was asked if he was worried about keeping everyone happy, he said he was confident it wouldn't be an issue. "Everybody on the team can’t shoot the ball," Nelson said. "Turk may be out and Vince is in, but there'll be shots there for Vince. He’s saying it like Turk only took two shots a game. Shots are going to be there. That’s not really our concern." As Carter learned after his public scolding from Stan Van Gundy, Nelson said the defensive end of the floor is where the team is most focused. "Our concern is on the defensive end," Nelson said. "Is everybody playing as hard as they can on the defensive end instead of worrying about shots? I may score 30 points one game, next I may score 10. That’s not my concern. My concern is the defensive end and winning."
- Sept. 29: Mickael Pietrus
- Sept. 30: Anthony Johnson
- Oct. 1: Flexibility
- Oct. 2: Linton Johnson III
- Oct. 3: Matt Barnes