It looks like it could be another long year for former Kentucky Wildcat Daniel Orton. It seems as if Orton has recovered from the knee injury that caused him to miss last season with the Orlando Magic, but Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy seems to think Orton could be headed for another “redshirt” season:
Van Gundy said after practice that Orton looks trim and mobile, but he hasn’t played a lot of basketball while dealing with a left-knee injury he sustained in high school. Orton played one year at Kentucky before the Magic drafted him.
Orton underwent arthroscopic surgery on the knee last season and says it finally feels as if it’s back to normal.
“Daniel’s very inexperienced, and he’s not ready to be thrown into a game right now, ” Van Gundy said. “He needs a lot of learning time, a learning year.”
If this is the case, its bad news for Orton and the Magic, especially with the future of All Star center Dwight Howard up in the air. If Howard is traded, Orton could find himself in a position to get a good bit of playing time.
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