A few notes from Wednesday’s practice

When NFL teams begin training camp, they ease into the playbook because they don’t want to give away too much information to the 30-plus players who will be cut from the team. That information, of course, could be used against that team if a released player joined another squad. With the Orlando Magic… not so much. The team is implementing all of their plays and packages at a quick rate to give the newcomers as much time as possible to familiarize with the system. “We’ve got a lot of plays in,” Stan Van Gundy said. “We’ve got our basic pick-and-roll defensive schemes in. We’ve got one of our double-teaming defenses in the post in. So we’ve done a lot. We’ve got 17, 18 sets in. We’ve got a lot of stuff in.” I also asked Van Gundy about what his schedule was as far as making a decision on position battles, and what is more important in a minutes competition, the guys’ play this month or the play over their careers. Van Gundy said this month will be the main factor. “Right now I’m not into evaluating guys because the guys who are more familiar with what we’re doing, it’s easier for them to play than the guys who are trying to learn a new system,” Van Gundy said. “As far as competition for jobs, this is too early. I think as we get to the last week or so, those last three exhibitions, that last week of practice, that’s when decisions will be made. Right now it’s about getting everybody feeling good about what they’re doing, and playing together and getting in shape. It’s not about who had the better practice today, and who would start if we had a game tomorrow.”

Philip Rossman-Reich

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