Jameer Nelson Returing to Magic Lineup?

Bhavik DarjiCorrespondent IMay 31, 2009

CLEVELAND - MAY 28: Jameer Nelson of the Orlando Magic gestures towards teammate Rashard Lewis #9 during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2009 Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 28, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Otis Smith, general manager of the Orlando Magic, addressed a possible Jameer Nelson comeback last week.

"It's a long ways away," Smith said as Nelson shot around with assistant athletic trainer Keon Weise. "He just started shooting last week. He's a long ways away from playing basketball."

However, word has started again that the Magic want Nelson to be re-evaluated and take another MRI to see if the doctors clear him to play. 

Nelson was initially ruled out for the rest of the regular season and the postseason. He dislocated his shoulder against the Dallas Mavericks after going for a steal on February 2.

But nobody explicitly said Nelson would be sitting out the NBA finals.

"The chance to get an All Star point guard on the floor for 15 minutes a game...you'd have to look at that," said Bob Vander Weide, president of the Orlando Magic.

"That was a week and a half ago," said Vander Weide when asked about Otis Smith ruling out the idea of Nelson playing.

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"We're being cautious... But like I said, I'm a competitor, and at the end of the day, I want to compete," Nelson said.

The Orlando Magic made it to the NBA Finals for the first time in 14 years by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers four games to two. With how tough it is to reach the finals, it's no surprise Nelson wants to be part of the experience. It could only be his only opportunity to play in the Finals in his career.

If Nelson does return, it could spell trouble for the Lakers. Even with Nelson playing just 15 to 20 minutes, he could cause serious damage for his opponents.

"Sitting on the bench, that's not what I'm here to do."

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