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April 10, 2015 Updates
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"Defensively, he has gotten much better," says the Magic's interim coach, James Borrego. "He is challenging more shots. He's a little more physical inside than what we've seen in the past. His challenge is to do that more consistently throughout a game. Offensively, we're seeing a much more confident player. "One of the biggest strides that we saw in that Milwaukee game is when he's double-teamed or when a crowd is around him, he's kicking it, making the right play, and he produced a lot of those open 3s for us in Milwaukee by just making the right play." Orlando Sentinel

Mirotic, a 6-foot-10 forward, is the reigning Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month. In March, he averaged 20.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. "I know it is tough as a rookie when you come here," Vucevic says. "It's not always easy. He was on a good team with a lot of good players, so his playing time wasn't going to be consistent. I just told him to be patient. "They had some injuries and he got a lot of playing time and he took advantage of it and he's been playing great for a month or so. I'm really happy for him. He's a guy that really works hard, that's come a long way. So I'm very happy he's doing very well." Orlando Sentinel

April 5, 2015 Updates

Many Orlando Magic players and NBA observers think combo guard Willie Green will become an NBA head coach one day. But Green, who will turn 34 years old in July, is in no rush to end his playing career. "I definitely want to keep playing," Green said. "I feel like I still have a good maybe three or four years — who knows? — or even more." Orlando Sentinel

Green will have a choice to make this offseason. He'll become an unrestricted free agent in July, but he indicated he's open to remaining with the Magic. "Like I've said before, this is a great possibility for me to come back here," Green said. "Obviously, I would have to talk it over with my representatives and Rob [Hennigan] and Scott Perry. But I like what I see. I like where it's going here in this organization, and I still feel like I have something to offer to the game." Orlando Sentinel

April 4, 2015 Updates

A young center with All-Star potential, Nik Vucevic knows enough Magic history to realize the franchise's two best big men left town and broke hearts. Vucevic, 24, is determined not to follow the footsteps of Shaquille O'Neal and Dwight Howard out of Orlando. "Yeah, I'm here for the long haul. I hope to stay here my whole career," he told me. "I love it here. I really love the city. I've improved here a lot as a player. I'd love to stay for a long, long time and make something special happen. "If it takes years, it takes years … I ain't going anywhere." Orlando Sentinel

Vucevic is inspired by the loyalty displayed by Italian soccer superstar Francesco Totti. Totti, 38, has played his entire career for Roma. "Totti could have gone to bigger teams, made more money, do whatever he wanted. He didn't," he said. "He stayed with that team. He's pretty much a god to that team." Orlando Sentinel

The entire NBA has had a hard time slowing down Nikola Vucevic this season. Against the undermanned Minnesota Timberwolves who were missing their three best big men, he was unstoppable. Vucevic scored a career-high 37 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to power the Orlando Magic to a 97-84 victory over the Timberwolves on Friday night. "I wanted to be aggressive," Vucevic said. "We had a size advantage in the paint and I wanted to take advantage of it. We needed this win after a rough stretch." USA Today Sports

April 3, 2015 Updates
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The Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic are the only NBA teams currently employing an interim coach, but sources say both of those clubs plan to have Donovan on their list of targets once they began more expansive coaching searches after completing their respective regular-season schedules in April. Donovan is also likely to be pursued by teams that make changes after the regular season or playoffs. ESPN.com

Oladipo draws the most curiosity among league insiders. People feel more certain that they understand what Payton is and will be: a crafty point guard who can’t shoot. Players improve, of course, and the Magic have a killer shooting coach in Dave Love, who will help Payton. The precedent of Jason Kidd exists. But most guys who enter the league as poor shooters usually top out at tolerable, and Payton will likely always be a pass-first dynamo with an unreliable jumper. Grantland

Among league insiders, the Orlando Magic are drawing a lot of comparisons to the Utah Jazz. Both are unglamorous teams in the middle of multiyear rebuilds, centered around piles of draft picks and young players that haven’t yet yielded a foundational superstar. The Jazz, however, got a head start by leveraging the desperation of the New York teams and snagging picks that became Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors, both borderline All-Stars now. Then, in 2013, Utah nailed the draft by nabbing “the Stifle Tower,” Rudy Gobert, at no. 27. Grantland

March 31, 2015 Updates

``I think about him every time I step on that floor,’’ Borrego said candidly of Popovich’s influence. ``And I constantly refer to him, think back to him and wonder what he would do – while still trying to be my own coach. I have to find my own way through that, but I do often think about him.’’ In his nearly eight weeks on the job as the Magic’s interim coach since taking over for the fired Jacque Vaughn on Feb. 5, Borrego has faced off against former coaching colleagues in Monty Williams (New Orleans), Brett Brown (Philadelphia) and Mike Budenholzer (Atlanta). While those meetings were certainly packed with emotion for Borrego, this is entirely different. This is the pupil against the master; the former intern against the living legend; interim against incomparable. NBA.com

``I was so fortunate to even get a few minutes with him my first year, and he didn’t even know my name,’’ said Borrego, who quickly became known as `J.B.’ to Popovich. ``But as the year went along, we spent more time in the film room together, just Pop and I one-on-one watching film. I would say nothing. He would watch. And slowly but surely, he’d begin to ask me questions. We’d talk basketball. Our relationship just continued to grow. He put me in great positions to grow as a coach, as a basketball individual.’’ NBA.com

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