ORLANDO, Fla. On his first offensive possession Sunday as a member of the Orlando Magic, hours after signing his first professional contract, Victor Oladipo wasnt thinking in terms of shooting first.
His deference to his teammates might have been understandable, considering he was the only starter for the Magics entry in the Orlando Pro Summer League not to be a member of team during the 2012-13 NBA season. But as far as the four of them were concerned, this was no time to be shy.
Credit my teammates because they were the ones who told me to shoot the first shot, said Oladipo, the second pick in the draft less than two weeks ago who had more of a reputation as a defensive stopper than a 3-point marksman in college. I wasnt going to shoot it. And they were, Shoot it, shoot it, shoot it. So I just kind of let it fly.
The shot found the bottom of the net. And the Magic would like to believe theyve found someone to build their franchise around regardless of whether you call him a p...