“OS: You mentioned that the Magic’s rebuilding was tough. What was the toughest part about it?
[Jameer] Nelson: Losing. Like I said, I want to win. I was hoping things got better the second year — a little better — and it didn’t, unfortunately. But it is what is. The Magic are going to have a lot of young talent that’s going to take a lot of time, or take some time, to develop. I just felt like I didn’t have enough time left in my career to sit there and wait for the development stages to process.
OS: Even though the Magic struggled badly the last two years, you posted the two best assist-per-game numbers of your career. Does that encourage you?
Nelson: We had some talent. We had some talented guys and we had some smart guys. So we all figured out together what we needed to do to at least be competitive. And that’s what we were. We were a very, very competitive team, no matter if we were up by 30 or down by 30. I learned guys’ sweet spots, and guys learned where I like to pass the ball from and like to make plays from. That allowed guys to create offense and generate things. . . . The thing I’ve been really trying to work on is my shooting. I’m a good shooter. I have a lot of confidence in my shooting. I’ll take the big shot; I’m not scared to [take the big shot] on the big stage. I just feel like at times I had to take certain shots that I wouldn’t have to take on a team that was winning and a team that had a couple more veterans on there.”