ORLANDO, Fla. In a sense, the career of Jameer Nelson has come full circle.
When he came to the Orlando Magic in 2004, they were coming off a season in which they finished with the worst record in the NBA. Nine years and a franchise-record 3,025 assists later, he again finds himself part of a team with the dubious distinction of holding the best odds of winning the leagues annual draft lottery.
The Magics 20-62 record serves as a lasting and painful reminder of a season that began with Nelson straining his right hamstring and groin and ended with him missing the final nine games because of a sprained right ankle.
Losing is tough. Nobody wants to lose, he said. Change is tough. And obviously the season, for me, didnt go the way I wanted it to go in terms of winning. But through it all, Ive had fun. Its just a new chapter in my career and my life.
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