Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Magloire joins the fun

New backup center Jamaal Magloire (6-11, 265) practiced for the first time Wednesday at American Airlines Center before the team left for San Antonio. Avery Johnson said the eight-year veteran had a “decent practice,” but he hasn’t decided if Magloire will be active against the Spurs.

“I feel pretty comfortable,” Magloire said. “I’m going to watch film tonight and we have a shootaround again in the morning, so whatever coach decides, I support it.”

Once he does get up to speed, Magloire’s size should be an asset against the stout frontlines that reside in the Western Conference. Magloire, buried at the end of the bench in New Jersey, jumped at the chance to join a contender and revitalize his once solid career.

“I would hope so,” said Magloire, who has averaged 8.7 points and 7.3 boards in 530 career games. “I worked tremendously hard, even not playing in New Jersey. Everyday I would be the first one in and the last one to leave, and I hope to show that out on the court.”

So why wasn’t he playing with the Nets? He’s at a loss.

“There’s no reason why I wasn’t playing up there,” Magloire replied. “I’m still curious as to why.”


Anonymous said...

Magloire, you know why you didn't play. You came into training camp out of shape. Sure, you worked hard later to get into shape, but by the time you did, it was too late, the time for earning minutes was passed. When you faced Glen Davis of the Celtics in preseason you were totally humiliated at both ends of the court by a guy who had not yet experienced an NBA game. It was obvious that it was not going to work from that point. You couldn't even lift the ball about the rim standing square in front of it.

Anonymous said...

Sean Williams, Nenad Krstic, and Boone are simply better than you. Allen was a better shooter (hence, why Dallas asked for Allen in the trade and not you) and Collins was a better defender. This makes you the 6th big man in a 6-big rotation.