Quote: There’s no question that, barring injury, Rashard Lewis will be in the Orlando Magic’s starting lineup when the regular season begins on Oct. 28.
But at what position will the 6-foot-10 sharpshooter play?
That’s up for grabs.
Coach Stan Van Gundy told the Orlando Sentinel today that perhaps his top task over the next month will be to determine whether the Magic are better off with Lewis at his usual position of power forward or at his natural position of small forward.
“I think the two biggest things to figure out for us in the preseason go hand-in-hand,” Van Gundy said. “How much we’re going to play Rashard at the 3 sort of makes everything else fall into play.”
Indeed, Van Gundy acknowledged Lewis could start the season opener at small forward.
Quote: New NBA rules mandate that coaches must wear collared shirts, meaning that Van Gundy will have to ditch his signature solid-color mock turtlenecks. It was always a coin flip on any given night: Was Stan going with traditional black or rolling out the gray?
"I want them to at least name the rule after me," Van Gundy said. "Somebody has their Bird rights. Larry Bird got that rule named after me. I want it to be the Van Gundy rule."
The good news is that Vander Weide has hooked him up already. As part of a thank-you perk in the offseason, he brought in tailors to have Van Gundy, general manager Otis Smith and Magic COO Alex Martins fitted for suits and sports coats. Vander Weide didn't skimp on the accessories, adding shirts, shoes and ties.
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