Aaron Gordon will not meet you at the park to catch lobs

Mar 29, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) dunks against the Brooklyn Nets during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 29, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) dunks against the Brooklyn Nets during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Aaron Gordon decided to have some fun Friday, hosting a Twitter Q&A and answering fan questions. It was a good way to catch up with the Magic’s young star.

The NBA summer is in full swing for most of the teams in the NBA. They have all had a week or two since their year ended. And, very possibly, the NBA season will end Friday night with the Golden State Warriors sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers.

There are still quite a few Orlando Magic players hanging around Orlando. Nikola Vucevic has attended a few Orlando City games. Evan Fournier, Mario Hezonja, Stephen Zimmerman and Marcus Georges-Hunt were all in Orlando earlier in the summer working out at the Amway Center.

Players will surely be in and out of town and take their own vacations as the summer goes on.

Aaron Gordon took his vacation early before getting back to work. Gordon visited his brother in Lithuania before his championship series.

He is back in his hometown near San Jose, Calif., and already back at work. Earlier in the summer, he crashed a gym at the University of California-Santa Barbara for a workout and too many fans showed up to watch him go through his paces.

They were not allowed in because too many showed up, but everyone across the country is ready to see what Gordon can do and what he can become.

Gordon is fairly accessible and active online. Friday afternoon he decided to open up for a round of #AskAG, soliciting questions from followers. He did not hold back much to the questions he chose to answer. All 140 characters were used.

The biggest revelation? No, Aaron Gordon will not meet you at MLK Park in Winter Park to see what terrible lobs he can still throw down:

There were plenty of questions like that asking Gordon his opinions on dunking and what new dunks he is adding to his arsenal. He told Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel after last year’s Dunk Contest he did not plan to participate for a third straight year. The preparation was too much.

Then again, he told a follower he would be willing to go for it again. So maybe that one we will play by ear.

But Gordon was proud enough to say he believed his sit-down dunk was the best dunk in the contest’s history, right ahead of Vince Carter‘s 360 windmill.

Gordon, before he started, retweeted the Magic’s video of all 99 of his dunks this season. And declared his windmill dunk against the Los Angeles Lakers from the 2016 season his favorite in-game dunk.

On a little more serious tone, Gordon is spending a lot of his summer working on his game and improving some of his weaknesses.

Last year, Gordon struggled some as the Magic experimented with him at small forward. He had some moderate successes, but overall the experiment did not work.

Gordon said he is happy playing the 4 and accepts his role.

After the All-Star Break when he moved to power forward, Gordon averaged 16.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. He began showing signs that he could take a pretty big leap. A lot of factors will go into that.

Most of all his work will be what he does individually. He said on Twitter he is working a lot on his 3-point shot — where he shot 28.9 percent last year — and on his playmaking.


His 3-point shot is definitely a big source of improvement. Gordon becomes an infinitely stronger weapon if he can consistently hit an open 3-pointer. Even if he spends most of his time around the basket or cutting through the paint.

It has been a big summer of change already for the Magic. Gordon has been out of town for the most part. He said he is returning to Orlando next week. He likely will get to interact with president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman then.

Gordon said he met with general manager John Hammond already. He came away impressed.

The biggest thing for Gordon, he said, is the stability with the coaching staff. The Magic have had four coaches in the last five years. Everyone within the organization noted how the coaching changes through the team into turmoil.

Keeping Frank Vogel for a second year is viewed as absolutely critical. And the players certainly feel this too.

Gordon answered a lot of other questions, like his stance on playing as himself in NBA2K (it did not go well), his all-time favorite Magic player and his favorite jersey the team wears (the hottest take of them all!).

Perhaps the biggest takeaway from Gordon is the goals he sets for himself. He is working hard on his own game to help his team. He ultimately views team success as his individual success.

The team knows he will be pretty important to the team next year.

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Be sure to read through all of Aaron’s tweets @double0AG and enjoy the fun.