The Orlando Magic are eager to integrate two rookies in Cole Anthony and Chuma Okeke. But it will be a challenge to get them up to speed in a shortened camp
Cole Anthony has been around NBA players and in NBA gyms his entire life.
His father, 11-year pro and NBATV analyst Greg Anthony, helped expose him to the NBA world. As Cole Anthony emerged as a potential prospect, he would go on runs with NBA players including Kevin Durant, Aaron Gordon and J.R. Smith in his hometown of New York.
Still, this is different. This is a NBA practice in a NBA facility with NBA coaches. It is all different.
And no matter how prepared a player can be, there is nothing like the NBA experience. Something always catches them by surprise.
For Cole Anthony in his first day of training camp with the Magic it was Evan Fournier. Coach Steve Clifford wanted to get the team organized a bit and then let them play to get their rhythm back after the team facility was closed to group workouts for much of the shortened offseason.
Anthony was on Fournier’s team and was blown away by how good a shooter Fournier was, making his job easier. Anthony will not have to carry the scoring load like he did at North Carolina.
There is still a feeling out process as there would be for any rookie. But Anthony is diving into…