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Orlando Magic News & Notes

2013 April 4
by Andrew Melnick

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Per Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, Spurs coach Greg Popovich, Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn has done a “great job.”

He’s done a great job of just instituting a system,” Popovich said of Vaughn. “He what knows wins and what loses, and he knows that in the long run certain elements of the game have to be established and standards have to be set. That’s really where he’s put his emphasis.

Vaughn played for Popovich from 2006-2009 and was an assistant on his staff from 2010-2012.

Magic general manager Rob Hennigan worked for the Spurts for four years and the Magic are clearly trying to become a disciplined, well-coach and savvy franchise like the Spurs.

Magic coach Jacque Vaughn is a product of that Spurs’ system – both on the playing and coaching sides – and he hopes that, in time, his squad filled with five rookies and three second-year will morph into something similar to the well-oiled Spurs.

“They’re just a team that has been there, done that over and over again, and they were able to capitalize on our small details,’’ Vaughn said. “Those things matter on every possession. Really good teams like San Antonio put you in a position when you have to (execute) over and over again.’’

George Gervin, a family friend and mentor of Magic forward Tobias Harris, attended Wedensday’s game.

“It means a lot,” Harris, a 20-year-old forward, said after the Magic finished their shootaround moments ago.

“He’s just somebody that’s always been around throughout my life. He’s helped me to be in this position that I’m in. He’s taught me a tremendous amount up to this point, so it’ll be good to see him at the game. He’s watched a lot of our games, so he likes us as a team, too.”

Harris’ father, Torrel Harris, played college basketball at Duquesne and is a friend of Gervin’s. Torrel eventually became Gervin’s agent.

Nikola Vucevic was very excited to take on of his idols, Tim Duncan.

“I watched him a lot and he’s definitely one of the greatest players to ever play. Just going against him, I get to learn a lot. It’s going to be a tough matchup and I’m looking forward to it,’’ said Vucevic, whose Magic face the Spurs tonight at 8:30 ET.

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