Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Jameer for the Finals?

The Magic are re-evaluating Jameer Nelson.

Jameer for the Finals?

Phalen M. Ebenhack

Jameer Nelson is pretty good at everything he does, which means he has been a good cheerleader/unofficial assistant coach during the Orlando Magic's run to the NBA Finals. But talking to him during the first round, you could tell he was dying inside. His first All-Star season, truncated when he tore up his shoulder and had surgery in February, has led him to this place -- and you know it's been killing him.

But now, suddenly, there is talk that he is about to be re-evaluated physically. It comes from the top of the Orlando organization, and it's on the record, so there must be something there.

Maybe it's just wishful thinking from a part of the country where Nelson made his name at Chester High and Saint Joseph's, and left an indelible mark -- but Jameer putting on a uniform and playing in the Finals, even a little bit in the Finals, would add an element of interest to the post-LeBron landscape that might not otherwise be there.

It's probably a longshot, but a person can dream.

Rich Hofmann Daily News Sports Columnist
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Rich Hofmann arrived at the Daily News in 1980 for a job whose status was officially designated as "full-time, temporary." A senior at Penn at the time, he was hired to fill in on the copy desk during a staff illness. The notion of him covering the Eagles or being a columnist did not exist in anyone's imagination. It was supposed to be six weeks and out, but he never left. It is only one of the reasons why so many people have concerns about him as a potential house guest. Rich has blogged the postseasons of the Flyers and Eagles. E-mail Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com Reach Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com.

Rich Hofmann Daily News Sports Columnist
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