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Frank Vogel and Damjan Rudez are in their second NBA time together and the head coach and the shooting forward have a standing deal that they stick by during games, as mentioned on the league’s website.
“The joke that we had in Indiana was like: “As long as you make shots, you are going to be on the court. But whenever you miss one, you’re out”, Rudez said with a laugh. “It happened twice and he did pull me out. It’s the deal that we have and I have to hold up my part.’’
The good news for Rudez is that he’s rarely missed a shot this preseason, especially when firing shots from the 3-point line. The big man’s accuracy has helped him earn playing time and potentially play his way onto the Orlando Magic’s regular-season roster.
30-year-old Rudez has looked like the seasoned veteran that he is after having played professionally in Croatia, Slovenia, Belgium and Spain and in the NBA with the Pacers, Timberwolves and now Magic. Vogel, who coached Rudez in the 2014-15 season with the Pacers, knew the Magic were getting a versatile player who is known for making the right plays.
“Maybe our highest IQ player on the team,” said Vogel. “He just really has a great feel for the game. He’s a knock-down shooter, so there’s a reason that he’s here. He has had a great camp for us.’’