HOUSTON — The Orlando Magic's road trip here is a homecoming for reserve point guard Ronnie Price.
Price grew up in Hitchcock, Texas, and Friendswood, Texas, which are southeast of Houston.
He likely will have family and friends at Wednesday night's exhibition game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center.
Here's the problem: He's unlikely to play.
Lately, Price has been nursing a few nagging injuries, including a sore hamstring. Magic officials want him to heal fully and avoid aggravating anything. That's why he hasn't appeared in any of the team's first three preseason exhibitions.
"I'm just making sure my body's all the way healthy," Price said Tuesday. "I just had a few little, minor deals that came up in camp. I'm just getting those things right and making sure that I'm 100 percent and getting ready for the real thing instead of trying to rush it and maybe reinjure something in the preseason."
Price has played eight seasons in the NBA.
His experience and his reputation as a positive locker-room influence are the primary reasons why the Magic signed him over the summer.
"It's a luxury for me," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "I know what Ronnie's going to give me every single day, whether it's practice, whether it's in the game, whether he plays five games in a row or doesn't play five games in a row."
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