Magloire Waiting for Chance
Tuesday, 15 January 2008

SOURCE: NJ.com Sports Ledger
BY Dave D'Alessandro
STAR-LEDGER STAFF

NEW JERSEY - Jamaal Magloire dropped a black jump rope to the floor, picked up a ball from the rack, and looked across the court last night during warm-ups. And in that brief moment he probably thought about what might have been.

But it was only brief. If he had somehow still been a member of the Trail Blazers, who were at Izod Center last night, there was no guarantee his season would be very different. He averaged only 21 minutes per game last year, but that's 21 more than he's averaged with the Nets lately.
 
And the Blazers have as many young bigs taking up the court time as the Nets have, only they're even more talented.

So for Magloire, the issue is simple: The timing of his free-agent summer was fine, even if his departure from Portland coincided with the Blazers becoming the most interesting story in the NBA this season.

"I don't miss it much, just some of the guys, really," said the Nets' backup center, who got into only four of the last 12 games entering last night -- for a grand total of 19 minutes. "I'm happier here in New Jersey. It's an opportunity to be in the East, which is closer to home."

He paused. You could see there was a "but" coming.

"It definitely hasn't been what I expected," he said, "but I'll continue to be a good soldier and work hard. And when I get called on, I'll be ready."

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Magloire Strong After Long Layoff
Wednesday, 05 December 2007

SOURCE: NJ.com Sports Ledger
BY David Waldstein
STAR-LEDGER STAFF

 CLEVELAND - After sitting out the previous six games Jamaal Magloire was finally summoned to duty last night, and he responded with a solid performance under the boards. The veteran big man played 21 minutes and pulled down seven rebounds and scored seven points on 3-for-4 shooting, likely earning more playing time in the future.

"It felt good to help this team and contribute and help this team win," Magloire said after the Nets' 100-79 victory over the Cavaliers. "I hadn't played for the last five or six games and it was hurting me to not be able to help the team."

Magloire admitted to being frustrated at the bench time, and said that coach Lawrence Frank never spoke to him about his inactivity. But he always tried to stay prepared, and worked hard during off-days.

"It was frustrating because I'm a competitor," he said. "I want to go out there and help this team win, and I believe in my heart I can help this team win. I just had to stay ready. I kept a level head and continued to work."

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Nets Need to Go on a Run
Wednesday, 05 December 2007

Source: In the 'Zzone
By Al Iannazzone  

Magloire played well enough in his 20:41 stint that he may warrant more time. He made some defensive mistakes, but his seven points, seven rebounds and one block were a welcomed and surely beg the question in your mind: Why wasn’t he playing sooner?

Apparently, Frank didn’t think he could help them, that Magloire’s lack of defense and offensive regression were more of a hindrance. We said all along, you have to give him a shot, though, and see what he can do, especially with the rebounding problems.

Magloire isn’t out of the woods and a regular yet, but at least he showed something when he was called upon for the first time in seven games.

“It felt good to help this team and contribute and help this team win,” he said. “I hadn't played for the last five or six games and it was hurting me to not be able to help the team and now that I got a chance I'm glad.

“It was frustrating because I'm a competitor. I want to go out there and help this team win and I believe in my heart I can help this team win. I just had to stay ready. I kept a level head and continued to work. I was on the treadmill every day. When we had off days I worked trying to keep my condition as well as I could.”

 
Magloire Jumps Right In
Friday, 09 November 2007

SOURCE: NJ.com Sports Ledger
BY Dave D'Alessandro
STAR-LEDGER STAFF

Jamaal Magloire, Nov. 8 vs. WizardsJamaal Magloire checked into the game in the second quarter last night with the Nets trailing 37-17. He played 23 of the final 31 minutes. And in those 31 minutes, the Washington Wizards shot 14-for-47, a robust 29.8 percent, and committed 10 turnovers.

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"I'd like to thank Coach for letting me in the game, letting me find a groove, letting me get some reps," the Nets center said after the 87-85 victory. "I just had an opportunity to play, and you see results every time."

Magloire had season highs of 12 rebounds in 28 minutes, and considering that he had been disappointed with his playing time, he was satisfied. So were his teammates. As Antoine Wright put it, "Big Cat has a presence down there."

That presence helped the Nets win the type of game they flubbed continuously last season.

"I think the difference was we just continued to establish our identity and continued to find a way to win," Magloire said. "When we were down 20, we kept getting stops. We didn't give up. We established that this is our home court and it's going to be tough for any team to come in here and win."

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