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Big Cat has a bee in his bonnet
By MIKE KOREEN, TORONTO SUN

Jamaal (Big Cat) Magloire has issues with New Orleans Hornets management, but the Toronto-born all-star centre promises he will not be a negative influence in the dressing room. "No, I'm not content, but I'm a professional and I'm going to handle things (like a professional)," Magloire told The Toronto Sun in a phone interview.

"(New coach) Byron Scott has been very good. I can't say much (negative) about him or the (coaching) staff. They've been good to me since Day 1. That's not where the friction is."

The friction is with team management for several decisions. Some Hornets, including Baron Davis, were disappointed with the Hornets' lack of off-season spending, knowing Jamal Mashburn was hampered with what has turned out to be a season-ending knee injury.

Magloire also was disappointed with the Hornets for barring personal trainers from the team's practice facility. Former Eastern Commerce coach Simeon Mars is Magloire's personal trainer.

However, Magloire, 26, said he feels as confident as any time in his career heading into the start of the season next week. And even though many observers feel the Hornets will suffer because of their transfer to the Western Conference, Magloire is optimistic.

"It is a challenge switching conferences, but the coach has us prepared for the kind of game we're going to face," said Magloire, who was selected to the Eastern Conference all-star team last season. "I'm not worried at all."

After his first all-star game appearance, Magloire elevated his game last season. He averaged 16.9 points and 11.4 rebounds in his final 34 games and Magloire expects to keep getting better this season.

"(Playing in the all-star game) has always been a goal and I'm glad I reached it," he said. "Now that I've tasted it, I want to continue to improve as a player, like I have every year."

Along with his normal off-season activities, Magloire took some karate training. While he hasn't earned his black belt, Magloire said the martial arts instruction was beneficial.

"If you want to try to get better, you don't only have to do basketball-related things," he said. "There are other things to improve your basketball and (karate adds) speed and mental toughness."







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