HoopsHype Nikola Vucevic rumors


January 7, 2014 Updates

The Orlando Magic convened at the Portland Trail Blazers' arena on Tuesday afternoon, but one of their most crucial players was conspicuously absent. Nik Vucevic remained at the team hotel to rest and limit his exposure to light after he suffered a concussion Monday night on a gruesome landing on Staples Center's hardwood court. Vucevic's return to game action will be governed by the NBA's concussion protocol, which mandates that concussed players must pass a series of neurological and physical tests before a physician clears them to play again. Orlando Sentinel

January 2, 2014 Updates

And, in fact, Vucevic might play when the Orlando Magic face the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at Quicken Loans Arena. Magic coach Jacque Vaughn and Vucevic said moments ago that Vucevic’s availability to play will be determined closer to tipoff. “At first, I thought it would be a pretty bad one, the way it was hurting,” Vucevic said. “But, then, I guess all the treatment we did, all the icing and stuff — I spent New Year’s icing it — it was worth it. When I woke up in the morning, I was kind of hesitant to step on it to see how it feels, but it felt pretty good. It was painful, but not as bad as I thought it would be. Orlando Sentinel

December 8, 2013 Updates

Magic center Nikola Vucevic said that he learned early on that when Nelson speaks in the locker room that he should be listening. Vucevic, 23, said that Nelson reached out to him not long after he joined the Magic and has always been there to help him. ``It means a lot having a guy like Jameer around here because he’s a great veteran and a great leader,’’ said Vucevic, who hopes to play on Sunday after missing the past two games with a sprained ankle. ``We have a very good communication on and off the floor and he helps me out a lot. When I don’t know something, I go ask Jameer. He’s been great to me and I really like playing with him.’’ NBA.com

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Vucevic’s had another monster performance last week, when he scored 30 points and grabbed 21 rebounds to help the Magic take a surprising win over the Los Angeles Clippers. After that game, Vucevic told HOOPSWORLD he credits Magic point guard Jameer Nelson with much of his success. “It’s a lot easier because you know I just, all I really got to do is set a good screen and roll and he is always able to find me in good spots where I just got to turn around and finish,” said Vucevic. “Jameer is a great point guard, great passer, and makes the game easier not only for me, but for everybody.” HoopsWorld

October 26, 2013 Updates

The Orlando Magic on Saturday will exercise their 2014-15 team options on Maurice Harkless, Tobias Harris, Andrew Nicholson and Nik Vucevic, the Orlando Sentinel has learned. Under NBA rules regarding former first-round draft picks, a team has until Oct. 31 before a player’s second season to pick up its third-year option. A team also has until Oct. 31 before a player’s third season to exercise its fourth-year option. Orlando Sentinel

October 2, 2013 Updates

Magic officials say they're pleased with Vucevic's strides in the weight room. They wanted him to work on his lateral quickness, explosiveness and upper-body strength, and Vaughn said Wednesday that Vucevic has improved. Team officials also want Vucevic to play more aggressively and with more confidence. He is polite and soft-spoken off the court. But it often helps to play with a mean streak on the court, especially in the rough-and-tumble world of NBA big men. "I think Nik ended last season with a high degree of confidence," Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan said. "I think we're looking for him to continue to play confidently and to continue to build on the type of aggression and physicality that he plays with on a nightly basis." Orlando Sentinel

August 2, 2013 Updates

Montenegro have had to be patient but at last, NBA center Nikola Vucevic has joined the team in training ahead of the EuroBasket. The Orlando Magic big man wasn't able to play in Hungary over the weekend in a couple of friendlies that his national team won against the hosts and Austria. He is expecting to fit in quickly. "I'm glad I'm joining the rest of the team," he said. "They've been working hard since the beginning of July and in Zlatibor doing their strenuous preparations, so it is my pleasure that I am joining the preparations and am ready to start working with the rest of the team. "I worked individually in Bar (Montenegro) so believe that there will be no problem getting used to the system of work in Zlatibor and continue preparations for the European Championship, which we all await with great impatience." FIBA.com

June 18, 2013 Updates

Take the Montenegro side that impressed in last summer's Qualification Round with a 10-0 record, add two of the most promising NBA centers, and you get a frontcourt that could wreak havoc at EuroBasket 2013. This dream scenario is very close to turning into reality for the small Balkan country, as former Partizan, Panathinaikos and Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic and Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic are included in the 21-strong preliminary squad for September's EuroBasket that head coach Luka Pavicevic announced on Monday. FIBA Europe

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``I think I’m a lot better and I’ve improved in every area of my game,’’ said Vucevic, whose Magic (20-59) host the Boston Celtics on Saturday at the Amway Center. ``My confidence is a lot higher, so when I go out on the court I just do what I do best so I don’t think as much. I’ve gotten stronger and I’m more mature, so I feel like I’m better overall. I’ve played the games and played through mistakes, so I’ve been able to get better.’’ NBA.com

In time, Vucevic sees himself becoming a dominant player in the low post such as Memphis center Marc Gasol. Gasol, the younger brother of Pau Gasol, made his first NBA All-Star Game this season and he has averaged 13.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.6 blocks over his five-year NBA career. Considering the numbers that Vucevic is already putting up as a second-year pro who appears to be blossoming with every game, the Gasol comparison might be a bit conservative. But it hasn’t stopped Vucevic from studying Gasol’s games on a nightly basis and expecting more out of himself every time he hits the floor. ``I think somebody who I could play like someday would be Marc Gasol. He’s a very skilled big man who can face up, shoot it and play with his back to the basket. He passes the ball well and defensively he’s a smart player,’’ Vucevic said. ``He’s somebody I feel that I can learn a lot from. When I played against him, I struggled against him. When I watch games, I watch a lot of (Memphis Grizzlies) games and I can learn a lot from (Gasol). NBA.com

April 11, 2013 Updates

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