Kyle O'Quinn and Victor Oladipo are close friends. So when O'Quinn offered Oladipo a suggestion on what to do during All-Star Weekend's dunk contest, O'Quinn meant it sincerely, thinking it could help Oladipo win the event.
O'Quinn thinks Oladipo should borrow from the beloved Eddie Murphy movie "Coming to America."
"He wants me to come out as Prince Akeem and have rose bearers and the whole nine," Oladipo said Thursday. "I was like, 'That's not happening.' "
O'Quinn, a native of Queens, where "Coming to America" was supposed to take place, insists the idea would work.
"It's perfect," O'Quinn said. "The All-Star Game is in New York. Prince Akeem came to New York looking for a queen. So it's the perfect setting, you know what I'm saying? He's African. He could bring Semmi with him. He could jump over a Kia. It's perfect! It's a perfect set-up."
O'Quinn even would like to see someone sing "She's Your Queen," which actor Paul Bates sang in the movie in a high falsetto.
Oladipo dislikes O'Quinn's idea.
In fact, Oladipo said he thinks O'Quinn's idea is "probably one of the worst" suggestions he's received.
O'Quinn shakes his head when he hears that.
He won't provide any additional ideas.
"That's my No. 1, and that's my only one," O'Quinn insists. "I'm not a dunker. But I set the scene perfect for him. And if he doesn't accept that, then I have nothing else to do.
"The only thing I could say is, 'I told you so.' "
Payton might serve as a designated passer during the dunk contest if Oladipo needs someone to pass him the ball.
"If he asks me to do that, I'll definitely be available," Payton said. "I'll make myself available."
On Thursday night, Oladipo had another up-close look at one of his dunk contest competitors, Giannis Antetokounmpo, when the Magic faced Antetokounmpo's Milwaukee Bucks.
Antetokounmpo, dubbed "The Greek Freak" for his combination of size and athleticism, insists he won't start thinking about the contest until the All-Star Break arrives and he travels to New York.
"I'll be there Thursday and will have two days to think about what I'm going to do," Antetokounmpo said.
Magic coach Jacque Vaughn was asked about how he ignores the "noise" about his job security before tipoff.
"I think overall as a coach you have to know that's part of what you signed up for," Vaughn said. "If I made a cranberry muffin today, someone would complain about the cranberries are not organic, maybe. Or they came from somewhere where they shouldn't have come from. They're going to complain about everything in today's world. That's just a part of it, and I understand that. But what I do is I come to work every day, and my job is to try to get the most out of these guys, and that's what I'm going to continue to try to do."
• The Bucks blocked four shots in the game's first eight minutes.
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