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Magic vs. Nuggets 2012: Arron Afflalo downplays going against old team

Arron Afflalo said he's just looking to bring home the 'W' in the Orlando's home opener against his former team, the Denver Nuggets.


Arron Afflalo isn't known as the kind of player to draw attention to himself. That's why when he's constantly asked about facing his old team in the Orlando Magic's home opener on Friday night, Afflalo deflects the attention to the team, just wanting to get a win.

"Under any other circumstance, if this was a little deeper into the season, it may be more of a personal emphasis," he said, via the Orlando Sentinel. "But it's our home opener. To me, it's all about getting a ‘W.'"

Afflalo was traded by Denver in the four-team, summer blockbuster deal that sent Dwight Howard to the Lakers and Andrew Bynum to the 76ers, while the Nuggets received Philadelphia All-Star Andre Iguodala.

The 6'5, sixth-year pro Afflalo averaged 15 points a game for Denver last season and Nuggets' head coach George Karl told the Sentinel that he misses having him around. Karl is definitely rooting for Afflalo in Orlando, except for when they have to play each other.

In the preseason, Afflalo averaged nine points in just 18.5 minutes a game.

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