Magloire rebounding in shadows

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:33 AM ET

Things have changed for Jamaal Magloire -- and not necessarily for the better.

Toronto's lone NBA player has put up decent numbers in his first season with the Milwaukee Bucks, but the centre isn't a focal point of the team on offence and has heard his name bandied about in potential summer trade talk.

It's a noticeable difference from his previous full NBA season when he was named to the Eastern Conference all-star team with the New Orleans Hornets in 2003-04. He missed 51 games last season with a broken ring finger before he was traded to the Bucks in the off-season.

"I think my role has changed a little bit," Magloire, 27, said before his homecoming game last night against the Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. "In New Orleans, there was Baron (Davis) and myself. In Milwaukee, you have Bobby Simmons and Michael Redd, you have (first overall pick) Andrew (Bogut) and T.J. Ford. So definitely, the role has changed.

"I'm not a complacent person. I always want to do more and get better. I'm very comfortable with the role I have on this team, given we're winning games."

It's just that the Bucks aren't winning consistently. They entered last night's game with a record of 32-32, good for seventh in the conference, and have not won more than three games in a row this season.

"It's been all right for the most part," the Eastern Commerce grad said. "We've got to be a little more consistent as a team. My expectations are a little higher for this team than our record shows and I hope everybody else feels that way."

Magloire is fifth on the team with 10.1 points per game this season. He also is averaging 10.1 rebounds in 31.4 minutes.

"More than anything else, he's such a consistent rebounder. He gets good position," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "I think sometimes people look at the offence end too much."

Magloire had 75-100 tickets for the game last night, with many going to the five youth basketball team he sponsors in Scarborough.


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