Eastern Notes: Magic, Horford, Haslem

Happy Thanksgiving, NBA fans! If you’re worried about overeating on this day of thanks, you’re not alone. Eating too much on Thanksgiving is a real issue in the NBA, as Josh Robbins of NBA.com details. “Every year, I warn our team against overeating and overdrinking, because you still have to have the mindset [of], ‘Yeah, it’s the holidays, but we have a game tomorrow,” Magic coach Frank Vogel said.

“If you overeat, you’re gonna feel all slow tomorrow, especially with turkey,”  Nikola Vucevic added. “Yeah, you’ve got to be careful. The last few years, we did have a game right after Thanksgiving. I wish we didn’t. It’s much more fun when you don’t have a game the next day.”

Luckily, most of us won’t have to worry about preparing for an NBA game tomorrow, so enjoy the day and check out some notes from the Eastern Conference:

  • Jeff Green, whom Orlando signed to a one-year. $15MM contract during the offseason, believes the Magic need to correct their issues now and start playing better if they want to be in the playoff picture, Robbins relays in the same piece. “It’s got to come to a point where we’ve got to fix it now in order for us to be there at the end,” Green said. The 30-year-old hasn’t played especially well this season, as he only has a positive plus-minus in three of the team’s 15 games
  • The Celtics appreciate Al Horford‘s leadership and the way he plays the game, A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast Sportsnet writes. “Al can score the ball. But it’s all the little things that he does and how he gets the ball moving; it’s so contagious,” teammate Avery Bradley said.“He’s a leader; he speaks up. Sometimes the ball sticks. For Al to say something and us actually go out and move the ball around and it starts with him, it means a lot.”
  • Udonis Haslem always knew David Fizdale, who left the Heat to coach the Grizzlies during the offseason, was going to be a head coach in the league, as the Sun Sentinel passes along. “He was definitely head coach material. I expected him to leave a lot earlier,” Haslem said. The power forward added that Fizdale is players-coach and he can easily relate to what players have gone through to make it to the NBA.

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