Dennis Velasco: Hi, Tyler. Thanks for the time to get down with E-Mailing with the Enemy. It's been a tough start for the Orlando Magic, beginning the season with two losses on the road to the Indiana Pacers (no shame in that) and Minnesota Timberwolves (in overtime). However, the team is coming off a home-opening victory over the New Orleans Pelicans that wasn't even close and had a fairly-balanced offensive attack with Arron Afflalo standing above everyone else with 30 points.
I'm sure most Magic fans are happy that Afflalo did well since he was the main player coming back in the Dwight Howard trade, but the team did draft Victor Oladipo this year, a player that mans the same position as Afflalo. What are the plans to utilize Oladipo. Will he come off the bench? Does the franchise continue the point guard experiment? What do you think they should do? What's going on with the power forward position where the team has a lot of depth and potential? What are three or five things that Nets fans should know going into this evening's game?
Tyler Lashbrook: Right now the plan is for Oladipo to come off the bench as a reserve for either guard spot. He's averaging 30 minutes a night through three games and I imagine that time is pretty evenly split between the point and the shooting guard. As long as Jameer Nelson and Afflalo are healthy and in a Magic uniform, Oladipo will find his playing time as a reserve. As a point guard, Oladipo has been surprisingly good. He's turnover prone, yes, but he's crafty in running a pick and roll. He excels in hitting pocket passes to the popping big man and he's aggressive to the rim if the defensive big fails to step up.
The Nets should expect to win this game. Brooklyn is much more experienced and insurmountably more fine-tuned but the Magic should at least put on a show. Orlando is chock full of young talent -- in Nicholson, Oladipo, Maurice Harkless, Nikola Vucevic -- and though it won't equate to a lot of wins, it will be entertaining to watch. I know you'll take a blow out if you can get one, and you might get one tonight, but Orlando probably won't bore Brooklyn fans.
DV: Thanks for your time, Tyler and I hope your sentiments of a Nets win come to fruition! But, I do agree, the Magic have a young and exciting team to keep an eye on. Either way, it should be entertaining and as Maximus said, "Are you not entertained?" Down in the Magic Kingdom, it's almost all that matters.
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