Majic Carpet Ride Going to New Heights
Whenever you earn the opportunity to be associated in any way with the NBA you are grateful. Majic Dorsey earned the right to play in the NBA D-League by dominating the competition at every level he played at, whether it was in college, the ABA, WBA or in Mexico. But once you've earned that right to be in the D-League and showcase your talents, what do you do when you're not the min attraction? In the D-League you have players from every level, but the one thing 99% of them have in common is that they were THE man at some point in their careers. You have NCAA Champions, school career scoring leaders, conference POY's, All-American's, etc... At some point you run out of touches in the course of a game for everyone to shine. This is where the true test of an individual comes in. How you are able to handle and react to a situation you're not accustomed to. You go from scoring 20ppg in college to being the 10th man in the blink of an eye. Do you crack? Can you keep your confidence up?
Daryl "Majic" Dorsey is not worried about any of that. Confidence is the least of his worries, the life he left behind prepared him ten times over for the inner struggles of self-doubt and self-worth. His problem this season was one of patience; patience to know that his time in the limelight would come. He was "anointed" the best point guard not in the NBA by Pro Basketball News and was featured on the cover of ESPN the Magazine last year. After all that, could he really expect to be the backup point guard on the Anaheim Arsenal? The beginning of this season was not one Daryl expected.
The D-League, inherently, is a developmental system, not focused on wins and losses but teaching players and then having those players show scouts what they are capable of.
The system in place in Anaheim at the beginning of the year was not one that could truly showcase a point guards, especially Daryl's, true abilities. Bring the ball up- court, pass down to the post and then clear out. Now with Coach Reggie Geary at the helm, Majic has been able to open up his game and show the talents that brought him from Brevard CC to starting point guard for the Arsenal. Coming off of a tough loss to Colorado on Sunday night, I spent a few minutes speaking with Majic about his season in Anaheim.
Surujh Roopnarine: You have had an up and down season in terms of production, but lately have been on a tear, what do you attribute that to?
Majic Dorsey: The main thing is the coach having confidence in me. Coach Geary is the one who drafted me and he has instilled a lot of confidence in me. He's put the ball in my hands and let me run the team, telling me not to look over to the bench for direction, but use my skills to see the floor and help us go. If we need to pick up or slow down the pace, he has the confidence that I'm able to do that for us. Plus now as a team we're having more fun, hanging out with each other, it just makes it easier when we're on the court. Basically he's letting me just run the show and that's a good feeling to know he has that confidence in me.
Surujh Roopnarine: So what are some of the most beneficial aspects you have taken from the D-League?
Majic Dorsey: Well I really have to thank David Stern and Chris Alpert for this League, because I can say I have really developed as a player. The patience I have learned from Coach Smith (Former Head Coach Larry Smith) that things will come and you just have to wait for them and keep working hard. I was ready to take a six figure deal oversees, but my agents (Keith Kreiter and Greg Haenke of Edge Sports) explained that by being patient and getting the exposure here in the D-League would only make it easier for me to get to the NBA.
Surujh Roopnarine: So how are the styles of play different in the D-League as opposed to when you played in the WBA?
Majic Dorsey: Well in the WBA I played for Harold Ellis, advanced scout for the Atlanta Hawks and he basically just put the ball in my hands and let me be the point guard, but also the main offensive option. It was really a free system where I could go score 40 points and get 10 assists. Here in the D-League, I am getting more of that control, but as the point guard I want to get my teammates, like Jawad Williams and Andre Owens, into positions where they can score the ball.
Surujh Roopnarine: Who has been the toughest or most intriguing match-up for you this season?
Majic Dorsey: I don't really look at it as one guy being tougher than another, because in this league especially, if you're a "name" player or not a "name" player you still have talent so I go at every athlete in this league with the same amount of respect. I mean guys like Will Conroy and Pooh Jeter, All-Stars in the league, I might try to go at them a little harder because they are the known guys, but everyone in this league can play so I make sure I am up for everyone.
Surujh Roopnarine: Thank you for the time Majic, any last thoughts you want to get out there?
Majic Dorsey: Well basically just that this has been a blessing being able to play in the D-League and for a coach like Coach Geary. That and well to let everyone know that my name will be out there for a long time and the NBA better be ready for when I come.
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