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Davis sat out the entire fourth quarter in the Magic’s 109-100 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He wasn’t having a great game, but as a veteran, he wanted the chance to be out there. Coach Jacque Vaughn went with second-year forward Andrew Nicholson (12 points, 10 rebounds) for all but 10 seconds of the fourth period. Davis finished with just six points on only five shots and had four rebounds in only 23 minutes. Nicholson had 12 points and 10 rebounds, but missed 3-of-4 shots in the final quarter and committed four fouls, picking up his fourth by shoving Cavs forward Anderson Varejao in the back. Nicholson was ejected and given a Flagrant-2. Vaughn said that Nicholson took exception to Varejao trying to show up the Magic by scoring a layup with 10 seconds left with the game in hand. Orlando Sentinel

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Alex Martins: ``I’ve been incredibly impressed by Jacque. He’s everything that I had hoped that he would be and more. Clearly, when someone hasn’t been a head coach yet there’s always a question of how he makes the transition sitting in the next chair (from assistant to head coach). He’s handled it better than anyone would have expected. He does have the right temperament for this process, but also he’s got the right temperament for a team that is going to be very successful in the future as well. He has that great balance of teaching and holding players accountable. Those are hard traits to find in a head coach. NBA.com

JD: These days there are several teams in the NBA going through the rebuilding process, but they seem devoid of pieces to build around and there isn’t much hope. In Orlando, the fact that you have a core four of players, a rising star in GM Rob Hennigan and a solid coach in place in Jacque Vaughn. How good does it feel to have your foundation for the future already in place? Alex Martins: ``I couldn’t be more proud the way our basketball operations staff has performed, particularly with Rob’s leadership. Putting the right pieces in place and getting the right kind of players in is so important. Getting players who have an incredibly high work ethic, a team focus and are humble and hungry – those are all traits of any of our core players. The fact that we’re building that way bodes very well for the future. We definitely have a strong core in place and I’m eagerly awaiting to see how they all come into place this year and how much progress they have made. NBA.com

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When Vaughn was asked whether the NBA has a PED problem Wednesday, he definitively answered, "No. I can speak as a former player who's been in a lot of locker rooms, and I say no." I'm speaking as a sportswriter who's written a lot of columns about drug cheats in every sport, and I say yes. Superstars in nearly every athletic endeavor have been nabbed for PEDs; why would the NBA be immune? Orlando Sentinel

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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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He’s moved on from under the pressure of Doc Rivers’ strong hand to the more liberal touch of Magic coach Jacque Vaughn. Listen to Davis’ description of the change, and you can’t help but believe that he’s gone from boot camp to an ashram. “Different guys,” he said after today’s pre-game shootaround. “Doc is more of a military-minded kind of guy, and Jacque is more of a Gandhi kind of guy. Soft but powerful. “Doc’s more get the job done, and Jacque Vaughn is more the kind of guy who will ask you, Would you feel comfortable getting the job done?” said Davis. “I think that’s different with players. But in my system, I think I just feel better functioning in Jacque’s system. Doc wasn’t the kind of guy to pat you on your back and say, good job, man. He’s more like, OK, move on. In a way that’s positive, but some players are different. Jacque’s a different kind of guy. He pats you on your back – good job. That’s his motivation. But at the same time he still holds you accountable if you’re doing things wrong.” Boston Herald

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