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DJ Augustin
DJ Augustin
Position: G
Born: 11/10/87
Height: 5-11 / 1.80
Weight:180 lbs. / 81.6 kg.
Salary: $7,250,000
In CloseUp360’s “Hoopers Meet Heroes” series, which connects NBA and WNBA players with healthcare professionals on the frontline of the fight against the coronavirus in their respective cities, Magic guard D.J. Augustin chatted with Dr. Sarah Barbour, an infectious disease physician in Orlando. After treating gunshot victims from the Pulse nightclub shooting in 2016—the deadliest terrorist attack in the U.S. since 9/11—she’s now helping COVID-19 patients.
The NBA recently allowed players back into their teams’ facilities – while abiding by a lengthy list of restrictions – and Augustin was back at the Amway Center early Monday morning for shooting, cardio and weight-lifting sessions. “It was strange because there are a lot of precautions that you have to go through just to get out on the court as far as taking our temperature, washing our hands and putting on a mask,’’ Augustin said of NBA-mandated protocols put in place to safeguard players. “But once I was back on the court, touched the ball some and got to shoot again, it felt great to be back out there. You forget how much you love the game and how much you just love to do the little things. It was actually very exciting for me to be back out there.’’
While the disruption certainly came at a bad time for the Magic, Augustin feels the delay could allow them to get injured players such as Evan Fournier, Jonathan Isaac and Al-Farouq Aminu back when-and-if the playoffs resume in the coming months. “I don’t care who we play; I just want to get back playing, being in the playoffs again and it will be exciting regardless,’’ Augustin said when asked by a Southwest Airlines member about his preference of a playoff opponent in the playoffs. “It sucks that we won’t be able to have fans (in attendance), if we are able to come back, but I think it will be a good change for people at home to have sports on TV again.”
Storyline: Season Resuming?
D.J. Augustin recently derived quite a bit of motivation from watching an episode of “The Last Dance’’ on ESPN. “The last episode that I watched, afterward I went straight into the garage and started working out,’’ said Augustin, referring to Episode 8 where a tearful Jordan refused to make apologies for his competitiveness and his unflappable will to win. “I just think it as motivation – not just to athletes or basketball players, but for anyone who wants to get better at anything that they are doing and want to be a better person physically and mentally. It’s just been great motivation for everybody who has been watching M.J.’’
Augustin, who was averaging 10.4 points and 4.6 assists this season for Orlando, has turned one of his garages into a gym over the last two weeks that includes a treadmill and exercise bicycle. He said the Magic also sent him some exercise and weight room equipment, but he has no access to a basketball gym while social distancing. The 5-foot-11 guard remains hopeful that the 2019-20 season will resume.
“The only hard part if we do come back this season is guys having a rhythm and skills being on point,” Augustin said. “But in terms of being in shape, I will be in shape when we come back. I’m hoping we come back. We’re missing the game, and the fans are missing the game. I feel like we had a lot to prove this season. We were in a good spot. I’m going to be a free agent this summer. “I’m hoping we come back. I’m hearing things may pick up in July and go into September.”
Storyline: Coronavirus
D.J. Augustin has 3,427 assists in his NBA career. But the Orlando Magic point guard is making bigger contributions in his hometown of New Orleans, which has been devastated by the coronavirus. Augustin recently made a donation to Krewe of Red Beans that provided food for frontline hospital workers who are treating patients with COVID-19. “They’re getting red beans and rice. They’re getting quality food,” Augustin told The Undefeated. “It’s not just McDonald’s or cold deli sandwiches. It’s quality food for these doctors and nurses to fuel their bodies for what they’re doing. Some of them were going all day without eating.”
Storyline: Coronavirus