Orlando Magic Rumors
The Magic’s tendency to chirp at referees might be reduced by the arrival of a new coach, Scott Skiles. “I don’t mind the players if they feel like a call should’ve gone differently or something of voicing that complaint, but voice it during a dead ball,” Skiles said when asked about his philosophy about players talking to referees. “I think sometimes there is an element with the young guys coming through the AAU system and everything where they just have to realize the officials are not out there to help them. They’re out there to referee the game. So it can’t be, ‘Help me! Help me! Help me!’ They’re refereeing the game. The earlier you could understand that, the better you are.”
Oladipo’s first choice, of course, is to be selected to play for USA Basketball – the heavy favorites to win a third straight gold medal – in the Summer Olympics. However, if Oladipo is bypassed by USA Basketball, he could opt to play for Nigeria because of his parents’ heritage with the African country.
“Playing in the Olympics is definitely a dream, but I’ll worry about it when the time comes. Right now, the focus is on winning games for the Orlando Magic,’’ Oladipo said on Tuesday. “At the end of the day, whatever (Olympic) opportunity appears on the table, it will be about making the right decision that’s best for me.’’
Oladipo is very proud of his Nigerian heritage and he said that his mother is very aware that her son could play for her native country. Nigeria, the 2015 Africas champion, still must qualify for the Olympics next summer. “My mom obviously knows because she pays attention to stuff like that, but she’s never mentioned anything to me about it,’’ Oladipo said with a chuckle. “I just go out there and play basketball. Whatever decision comes, I’ll make that decision when I need to.’’