Tag: Malik Allen

Daniel Orton to miss entire training camp rehabbing knee

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Thumbnail image for new-orlando-magic-logo.jpgAfter his junior year of high school, Daniel Orton had major reconstructive knee surgery. He didn’t play his senior year. He was limited in his one year at Kentucky by the knee, but the Orlando Magic drafted him at the end of the first year on promise.

The knee is still not right. Orton is now going to miss all of training camp strengthening and rehabbing his knee, according to FanHouse.

“He probably should not have played (at Kentucky), and should have spent the time rehabbing,” said Magic general manager Otis Smith, who decided to draft him. “And had we known the depth of his problem, he probably shouldn’t have played this summer.’

“I have a good future in this league, but I never did the right amount of, or the correct, rehab, after my surgery,” he said. “I knew I wasn’t getting any lift in my knees, but I never quite understood why. All I need now is to strengthen this, and I’ll be back on the court.”

The Magic don’t need him right now — Dwight Howard and Marcin Gortat will get the minutes, with Malik Allen behind them. Orton is a project. That needs to start with him healthy so there are no more setbacks, then you can start the real work.

Malik Allen rounds out Magic roster, camp

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Thumbnail image for new-orlando-magic-logo.jpgMalik Allen is going to have a 10th NBA season, apparently.

The Orlando Magic have inked him to a deal for this season. He will report to camp with the Magic and rounds out their roster at 15. Financial terms not officially released, but you can pencil in vet minimum deal.

Allen played in Denver last season, where he was often an end of the bench guy who averaged 9 minutes a game in the 51 games he got into. However, he started three games and there were others where he got some good run.

Allen was not particularly impressive in Denver, so it is a little interesting that the Magic went with the veteran rather than a youngster they could bring along and develop. Then again, this is a veteran team who wants a ring, so Allen may be a better locker room fit.

Either way, he’s in.