HoopsHype Nikola Vucevic rumors

April 1, 2013 Updates

Vucevic’s concussion, which came as result of a Tyler Hansbrough elbow to the mouth and knocked him out of five Magic games, happened in the midst of a visit by his parents, Borislav and Ljiljana, from their native Montenegro. With little to do to pass the time as he cleared his head, Vucevic crafted a list of Montenegran dishes that he wanted his mom to cook while in Orlando. That, more than anything, helped him get through the disappointment of having to miss his first games of the season, he said. ``She did a lot of home-cooking and made a lot of my favorite meals. I made her a list of all of the meals that I wanted her to make and she took care of me,’’ Vucevic said with a chuckle. ``My favorite is made out of beef and it has a lot of cheese (stuffed) in it. Then, you roll it and fry that and put this special sauce on it. It’s pretty good. It’s one of the specialties from where I’m from.’’ NBA.com

March 29, 2013 Updates

Center Nik Vucevic appears to be making progress as he recovers from the mild concussion he sustained March 19. Vucevic shot baskets this morning on the Orlando Magic’s practice court after his teammates prepared for their game tonight against the Washington Wizards. Lead assistant coach James Borrego and video analyst Adam Glessner fed Vucevic the ball as Vucevic put up his shots. How nice was it for coach Jacque Vaughn to see Vucevic back on the court? “Good,” Vaughn said with a smile on his face. “He still hasn’t been handed over to me yet, so I’d probably like that step probably the best. But it’s good to see him out there with Coach Borrego and getting some shots up.” Orlando Sentinel

March 27, 2013 Updates

Coach Jacque Vaughn might decide to not to play Vucevic even after Vucevic receives a medical OK to play again. Vaughn has been cautious in putting players back on the court after injuries. Vucevic wouldn't speculate on how close he is to playing again. "I don't know," he said. "All that is up to the trainer. I just follow what he says." Vucevic attended the Magic's workout Tuesday. Although the Magic primarily shot baskets, Vucevic didn't participate, Vaughn said. Orlando Sentinel

March 26, 2013 Updates

Nik Vucevic, who is recovering from a mild concussion he sustained on March 19, won't play when the Orlando Magic play the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night. Vucevic said Tuesday he wasn't scheduled to accompany the team to North Carolina, but he said he expects to play again this season. "I'm getting better," the 22-year-old center said. "I'm better day-by-day. I'll leave it up to the trainer and the doctor." Orlando Sentinel

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What he is now is the best bargain in town — if not in the entire NBA. Vooch is still playing on his rookie contract he originally signed with the Philadelphia 76ers, making $1.7 million this season and $1.8 million next season. Yeah, he's going to get a slight bump. He could command at least $10million a year in the open market today. Orlando Sentinel

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January 30, 2013 Updates

The BBVA Rising Stars Challenge -- televised live nationally on TNT at 9 p.m. ET and broadcast live on ESPN Radio, with live audio also available on NBA.com in multiple languages -- features two teams each consisting of nine rookies and sophomores mixed together, drafted from a pool selected by the NBA's assistant coaches. Joining Irving from the Sophomore class are: Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets), Brandon Knight (Detroit Pistons), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs), Chandler Parsons (Houston Rockets), Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers), Nikola Vucevic (Orlando Magic), and Kemba Walker (Charlotte Bobcats). Davis and Lillard lead a group of rookies that includes Harrison Barnes (Warriors) Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Bobcats), Alexey Shved (Minnesota Timberwolves), Dion Waiters (Cavaliers), and Tyler Zeller (Cavaliers). Oregonian

January 29, 2013 Updates

On Wednesday night, Orlando Magic center Nik Vucevic almost certainly will be named as one of the participants in the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star weekend in Houston. Vucevic is an obvious candidate for the exhibition, which is commonly referred to as the rookie-sophomore game. The second-year player is averaging 11.9 points per game and, through Monday, ranked fourth in the NBA in rebounding, averaging 11.2 per game. Orlando Sentinel

January 27, 2013 Updates

In Orlando, Vucevic is emerging as one of the most pleasant surprises in the league. But given the opportunity to put on a general manager's hat, Vucevic, just 22, demonstrated his understanding of NBA business. "I would have traded me for Andrew Bynum," he said with a laugh. Philadelphia Inquirer

Vucevic's former Sixers teammates knew they were losing a promising young player. "It's hard to give him credit because he's a [Southern Cal] guy," said all-star Jrue Holiday, who attended crosstown rival UCLA. "But seriously, we knew that Vuc could play. He had some trouble being consistent as a rookie, but you know that's going to be the case. "The team made a business decision," Holiday continued. "Andrew Bynum was coming off a great year. They had to do that." Philadelphia Inquirer

January 21, 2013 Updates

Dirk Nowitzki knows he’s getting old. Sometimes, he gets reminded in unusual ways. A reporter from the Orlando area came up to him after the Mavericks’ win over the Magic and told him that promising Magic center Nikola Vucevic grew up idolizing Nowitzki. “I guess I’m old is what that means,” Nowitzki said. “That means I’ve been around a long time. But he’s a fun young player. I’m happy for him and if he keeps working, he’s going to be a great player in this game.” Dallas Morning News

January 20, 2013 Updates

Orlando Magic center Nik Vucevic, a Montenegro native, is one of Nowitzki’s disciples. “He actually was my favorite player growing up for a while,” Vucevic said after the Magic finished their shootaround at Amway Center. “I really enjoyed watching him. The way he plays, I think he’s the only one that plays that way. I think it’s impossible to stop him. [When] he gets it going, you can’t really stop him because of the way he plays. I look up to him a lot.” Orlando Sentinel

January 9, 2013 Updates
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SLAM: Your stats are up across the board. What do you credit the success to? Nikola Vucevic: Well, I get more playing time, so with that I play a little more relaxed, knowing I have some playing time. I’m able to show what I can do. As a rookie, I had limited playing time, and I had to do a lot in a shorter amount of time, so it was harder. And then I just think I improved. Last year I learned a lot about the NBA and got a feel for it. I had ups and downs—some games I played great and some games not as well. I think last year helped me mature a lot. I put a lot of work in in the gym, and my confidence is higher right now because I know I can do it. I’ve had some good games, so that helped my confidence. I try not to think about what I have to do—I just do it. SLAM

SLAM: Is it strange playing for a really young coach? Jacque Vaughn is 37, younger than some guys in the League. NV: Actually, I really enjoy playing for Coach Vaughn. He’s very young, but I can tell he knows a lot about the game. He’s a great coach, he teaches well. And what I really like is he’s not gonna, like, yell at you and get on you really hard. He’s gonna stay calm. He’s a very calm guy but he has everybody’s respect. I think that that’s great. He doesn’t yell, he doesn’t go crazy when you do something wrong. If you play hard, you can miss every shot—as long as you play hard, he’s not gonna say anything. You just know you’ve got to play hard and you’re gonna play, and that’s all that matters. SLAM

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