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Warning: this post is likely taking a quote out of context and making a controversy where there is not one.
Like everything else, we are going to call this a learning experience for rookie Victor Oladipo. There will be a lot of those this year.
At a season ticket holder event at the Orlando Country Club on Thursday, Victor Oladipo and Rob Hennigan met with season ticket holders and talked about the upcoming season as Oladipo continues to introduce himself to the Magic and their fans. Then Oladipo dropped this verbal barb about being drafted by the Magic at No. 2 (h/t Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post):
I really didn't want to go to Cleveland.
The Magic quickly took the tweet down and Oladipo issued a Twitter apology:
Sorry to all the cavs fan if I offended them in anyway making the comment I made I didn't mean it the way you all took it.
— Victor Oladipo (@VicOladipo) September 13, 2013
Magic broadcaster David Steele, who was also at the event, clarified that the comment was "harmless banter" on his Twitter account:
— David Steele (@SteeleMagic) September 13, 2013
There, that should settle it. Welcome to the world of 24-hour media scrutiny.
Gary Bassing/Orlando Magic
If you read the other comments Oladipo made from that evening in this article from John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com, it was an event where Oladipo was expressing his excitement for starting his NBA career in Orlando with the Magic. Oladipo is already known for being incredibly smooth off the court and cracking a quick joke.
Lesson learned for the rookie.
Oladipo is already extremely excited for his rookie season with the Magic. He talked about that with Denton after the event:
It’s definitely pretty cool meeting with different people, going up there with (Magic GM) Rob (Hennigan) and talking about myself and letting the fans know who I am. For (Magic fans) to embrace me like they already have, it’s pretty cool. It’s definitely a humbling experience. I just can’t wait to help my teammates win for (the fans). The decision that the Magic made for me to come here definitely wasn’t a bad one.
Again, everyone just seems to be antsy for the season to start. Oladipo has been working and hanging out with Tobias Harris, Maurice Harkless, Doron Lamb and Kyle O'Quinn throughout the summer as the players have worked out and prepared for the season together.
The other bit of news was Rob Hennigan confirming the Magic hope to play Oladipo at both guard spots. This is not really news as the Magic have described Oladipo as a guard throughout the summer and used him at point guard during Summer League.
October 1 cannot get here soon enough.