Maggette is holding no ill will

first_imgWhen the Clippers acquired Corey Maggette from the Orlando Magic in June 2000, he heard the news in a place full of video games, talcum powder and automatic ball returns. “In my first year, I didn’t have an agent, and the way I heard I got traded was on the radio,” Maggette said. “I was in a bowling alley, bowling with my dad, and all of sudden, I hear, ‘The Magic trade Corey Maggette and Keyon Dooling to the Clippers.” So it’s like, this time I knew something was going on. I felt better about it.” This time, Maggette was not traded, but at least he was keyed into the Clippers’ dealings with the Indiana Pacers in an attempt to acquire controversial forward Ron Artest. Maggette says that after meeting with coach Mike Dunleavy on Saturday, he understands what transpired with the near deal and has no hard feelings about it. “This is a business,” he said. Maggette’s six years with the Clippers make him the current player with the longest tenure. He said he loves Los Angeles and tried not to get “emotionally twisted in the head” about the possibility of leaving. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Instead of bowling with his dad in Orlando, Maggette heard the trade was close to being to completed on Thursday. But the Pacers hadn’t officially signed off on the deal. In earlier negotiations, the Pacers said they wanted Maggette for Artest, but the Clippers only offered Chris Wilcox and draft picks in a three-way trade that included the Atlanta Hawks’ Al Harrington. On Wednesday, Harrington told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he expected Maggette and Artest to be swapped, meaning that he was out of the deal with the Clippers offering Maggette for Artest. With knowledge of the rumors and possibilities, Maggette went to see the movie “Underworld: Evolution” with teammate Shaun Livingston on Thursday afternoon. In the movie theater, Maggette’s cell phone repeatedly buzzed, and he saw that his agent Rob Pelinka called him multiple times. Maggette had a hard time resisting the urge to pick up the phone, but didn’t answer the phone and simply watched the action-adventure flick. While all of this was happening, his family and friends were full of questions, wondering if he were being traded. center_img To start training camp, Maggette did not practice for the first week because his mom, Marguerite, underwent emergency surgery after being diagnosed with an aneurysm in her aorta. She was emotional about what was happening. “That’s the crazy thing about it all my family and my friends,” Maggette said. “I was more worried about my mom. She loves basketball, and when she was hearing about it, she was like, ‘What’s going on? What’s going on?” That’s the biggest thing I was worried about, mainly my mom, and how she would take it.” As it turned out, the Pacers nixed the trade because they said they could not give the player medical clearance. Maggette is out with a separated ligament in his left foot, is expected to be out of a cast in three weeks and may play in six weeks. He is expected to heal completely and likely will not need surgery. “This is almost a billion-dollar business, so stuff will change,” Maggette said. “Stuff will happen, but at the end of the day, I still will be playing. I still will be getting paid. It’s still good. You can’t get uptight about it. You just have to handle it. At the end of the day, I love that I’m still playing on the NBA level, looking on my jersey and seeing Jerry West on it. You’re a select few who get to do that, and I fully appreciate it.” Joe Stevens can be reached at (562) 499-1338. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more