Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon electrified the NBA world in the Slam Dunk Contest in 2016 and ’17, and he was expected to return to do the same this season in Charlotte, North Carolina. Instead, he’s taking a step back. “No, I’m not doing it [this year],” Gordon told Yahoo Sports. “It’s more focusing on winning and becoming a complete player and getting to the playoffs.”
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Amid their unsuccessful attempts to trade for Butler, I’m told Houston made a run at Frank Vogel, the former Indiana and Orlando coach, to join Mike D’Antoni’s staff to help fill the void created by the brief retirement of Jeff Bzdelik, the veteran defensive guru. But the Rockets ultimately did manage to coax Bzdelik out of retirement after more than a month of trying. Bzdelik announced shortly before training camp that he was leaving the team to spend more time with family.