Corey Maggette: ‘I haven't really gotten the opportunity this entire year to do … what I can do’

Corey Maggette, via David Mayo of MLive:

"At the end of the day, you’ve just got to stay as professional as possible through this process," he said. "I know what I can do. I know my ability. I haven’t really gotten the opportunity this entire year to do that. But also, this is where they might be moving in a direction where they want to develop the younger guys.

"In every aspect, you’ve just got to try to be a professional in every way. Do I agree with it? No, as a competitor you can’t agree with it. But as a professional, I accept what he (Frank) told me, and that’s how you have to approach it."

"I just want our guys to have a positive attitude. Every guy on the team wants to play, believes they should play. It’s tough for coach to make a decision, it’s tough for J.D. (Dumars) to make a decision, and somebody’s going to get the short end of the stick. At this time in my career, I’m getting the short end of the stick."

As Maggette said, and as I’ve said many times, the NBA is full of the world’s most competitive people. None of them will be happy about a demotion, but it’s all about how they handle it. It sounds like Maggette is handling it the right way.

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