Desperate times comes with desperate measures and the Orlando Magic reactivated their court general Jameer Nelson who was out for the rest of the season after tearing his right shoulder last Feb.2 was activated in time for their finals showdown against the Lakers.
He’s been out for 4 months and will play the final 4 or 7 remaining games of their franchise. Averaging 27.5 points on their two season games against the Lakers, Jameer can very well help the Magic stretch their winning streak. Nelson who plays the pick-and-roll with ease can be a tremendous threat to the Lakers who are known to be weak in defending the play. He shoots the ball pretty well from the outside will add much depth to the Magic’s outside shooting.
So what are the implications in activating Nelson? After loosing Jameer, Orlando soared high; their resiliency in the playoffs was tremendous winning against the Sixers after trailing in the first round, down 3-2 against the Celtics and giving the Cavaliers their season ending ticket. Orlando found their groove and after acquiring Rafer Alston everything went from normal to superbly well. If ain’t broken then why fix it? They are better off without Nelson and the sense of urgency made them a better support system.
Nelson is way ahead of his two month scheduled recuperating time and forcing him to play on the battle field can be detrimental to him and might re injured his shoulder and worst comes to worst can be a career ending.
The physicality of the NBA finals would be a different thing and Jameer will have to think twice about this. He is no Willis Reed and as a prize point guard Orlando as a franchise needs him. They still have superman but I guess a sidekick isn’t bad either.
Nelson can either be instrumental for a Larry O’Brien trophy or the other way around… all roads answered in game 1… bring it on!