E’Twaun Moore happy with growth in 2nd NBA season
By Michael Osipoff 713-2485 or firstname.lastname@example.org June 11, 2013 11:28PM
If You go
Who: Boys and girls entering fourth through ninth grades
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 28 and 29 (check-in from 8:30 a.m. to 10 on June 28)
Where: East Chicago Central High School
Cost: $60, $40 for East Chicago residents (proof required)
Details: Fundamentals, such as shooting, ballhandling, defense, passing and footwork, will be taught; and campers will participate in games and contests, and listen to lectures from Moore and other camp staff. The first 150 to register will receive a camp T-shirt and an E’Twaun Moore autographed photo. Lunch will be provided each day.
For more information: Go to etwaunmoorebasketball.com, call 381-5075 or email email@example.com
Updated: July 15, 2013 3:53PM
One of the defining traits E’Twaun Moore has displayed in his development from East Chicago Central star to Purdue All-American to NBA player is unflappability.
Regardless of circumstance, he possesses that knack to maintain his composure.
So it goes for Moore with his immediate future.
Last August, he signed a two-year contract with the Orlando Magic. The second year becomes fully guaranteed if he’s on the roster on July 1, with the team able to release him on or before June 30 without salary implications.
“Right now, I’m on the team,” Moore said. “That’s all I know, that’s about it.”
And in his second season in the league and first with the Magic, Moore made a persuasive case to earn a return to the team. He averaged 7.8 points, 2.7 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 22.4 minutes over 75 games (he missed seven with an elbow injury), including 21 starts. Amid several injuries (particularly to Jameer Nelson), he saw significant time sliding over to the point from shooting guard, demonstrating his versatility.
With all the winning he did at East Chicago and Purdue, Moore wasn’t exactly accustomed to the team’s results, as the rebuilding Magic went an NBA-worst 20-62. But from a personal standpoint, Moore grew and gained valuable experience; he had played a limited role as a rookie with the veteran-laden Boston Celtics, who last summer traded him to the Houston Rockets, who then waived him less than a week later, before he landed with Orlando about a month later.
He proceeded to provide the depth in the backcourt — at both spots — the Magic had been seeking with his acquisition.
“Overall, I think it was a pretty successful year,” Moore said. “I got a chance to play, which was huge, just to see where you stand and see how you belong in the NBA. I think it was a good year.
“Of course, I can get a lot better. That’s one of the areas I want to improve in in the offseason, is getting my point guard skills up. I’m just happy for the opportunity.”
Since the Magic’s season ended, Moore has been spending most of his time training in Orlando, an indication of where he stands in the team’s plans. He recently returned to the region.
“I’ve been gone ever since the season started, so it’s my first time really to get out and talk to some of my friends and family, have a good chance to hang out with them,” he said. “It’s definitely always fun to come back home.”
Last week, Moore spent a couple of days at Purdue, working out and running in open gyms with current Boilermakers players.
“They looked good. I think they’re going to have a good year next year, make the (NCAA) tournament. Put it down — put some pressure on Matt, put some pressure on Coach Painter,” he said with a laugh.
He also threw out a ceremonial first pitch at a RailCats game, signing autographs and promoting his second annual youth basketball camp that he will hold on June 28 and 29 — in between the NBA Draft on the 27th and that potentially pivotal 30th.
“We’re just trying to invite everyone, get the word out, let them know it’s going to be a good time, learn some basketball skills, share a few stories and have some guest speakers,” Moore said of the camp. “It’s just going to be a good time.”
He hopes to build on the strong foundation laid last year.
“I wanted to be hands-on and show them,” Moore said. “A lot of times, a lot of the players come for an hour and then they’re not there for the rest of the camp. So just try to be hands-on and teach them.
“Just show my face and give them a little hope that, hey, I can do it too.”