Jacque Vaughn RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-1 / 1.85
Weight:190 lbs. / 86.2 kg.
Height: 6-1 / 1.85
Weight:190 lbs. / 86.2 kg.
“Overall, I love the city,” Frye said. “I love this opportunity to play with these guys. After the [coaching] change, I think it’s really for me, in my personal opinion, been a breath of fresh air with J.B. I’m not saying that it wasn’t awesome before. But I’m just saying the way his philosophy is a little different, it’s a little bit more my style. For me, I’ve just tried to do the best I can every day, and it’s been a learning process. I kind of know I’m not the fan favorite right now. But I think that, for me, I’m just trying to do everything I can to help the team both on and off the court and help us get wins.”
Scott’s understanding of Vaughn’s situation runs deep, and rings familiar. He was fired in 2013 in Cleveland amid a rebuilding plan that had not yet hit its zenith. “Sometimes the ownership gets a little antsy,” Scott said. “They tell you it’s a four-year plan all of the sudden it’s a two-year plan and you’re on the outs.”
He had a strong reaction to the firing of Vaughn. Both were on Gregg Popovich’s staff in San Antonio. “I personally think the impatience is completely unrealistic,” Brown said. “When you look at the realities of his roster, he did a good job. There is no hint of patience in that situation, in my humble opinion. Jacque is a friend of mine. I’ve known him for many years and I don’t know what message it sends to anybody. I’m just speaking from a personal standpoint. I’m sorry to see that situation happened.”
“We were trying to get our hands around the inconsistencies we were seeing on the floor,” Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said. “There’s a lot of reasons for that. Jacque is not the only reason for that. We went into the season wanting to see some progress. We just didn’t feel like we were seeing the type of growth that we wanted to see. “There are a lot of factors certainly that go into how teams progress or regress. These rebuilding efforts are very difficult. Oftentimes they are most difficult on the coach. We believe in our players. [But] it’s a young team and it’s a challenge to win in this league when you’re young.”
Not surprisingly, Van Gundy finds the situation of absurd — particularly the way organizations bend over backward to not publicly blame a coach, but the coach is the only sacrificial lamb in such instances. “All those things are the same,” Van Gundy said today. “You get in the press conference, they loved Jacque. He did a great job. You listen to all that, and then I listen to Rob say it doesn’t fall on Jacque, but he takes full responsibility. I laugh, obviously, because that’s not true. “You’re still sitting there with a job, and Jacque doesn’t have one, so I don’t know what full responsibility means. But I would say they left the full responsibility on Jacque.”
Van Gundy also said of the Magic: “They’re an organization that turns over coaches a lot. I don’t know if anybody coached there longer than I did. There’s no such thing as a longtime Magic coach.” Van Gundy’s five-year stint is the longest in franchise history, although former Pistons assistant Brian Hill has coached the most games for the Magic, over two stints. “Being there for his first two years, being there in the town and following them and reading, I thought Jacque gave them everything that they wanted, so I feel bad for him,” Van Gundy said.
Not surprisingly, Van Gundy finds the situation of absurd — particularly the way organizations bend over backward to not publicly blame a coach, but the coach is the only sacrificial lamb in such instances. “All those things are the same,” Van Gundy said today. “You get in the press conference, they loved Jacque. He did a great job. You listen to all that, and then I listen to Rob say it doesn’t fall on Jacque, but he takes full responsibility. I laugh, obviously, because that’s not true. You’re still sitting there with a job, and Jacque doesn’t have one, so I don’t know what full responsibility means. But I would say they left the full responsibility on Jacque.”
In the last week there has been a slow drip of indications coming from the Magic organization that Vaughn was on thin ice. With the losses piling up, the front office declined to say if Vaughn would finish the season — which was fine, if they didn’t believe it — but what followed was a water torture like death for Vaughn, a standup guy who constantly had to answer questions about national reports that his firing was imminent. It was a shady move, one that didn’t go unnoticed by other coaches around the league. Said one coach, “We get hired to eventually get fired. But what they did to Jacque was disrespectful.”
“Jacque has been a trusted friend and colleague,’’ Hennigan said. “We thank him immensely for his contributions and sacrifices in bringing our team to this point, and we greatly appreciate his unwavering commitment to our organization. We have tremendous respect for Jacque and certainly wish him the best as he embarks on the next phase of his career.’’
The Orlando Magic have relieved Jacque Vaughn from his head coaching duties, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. In addition, James Borrego has been named interim head coach. “Jacque (Vaughn) has been a trusted friend and colleague,” said Hennigan. “We thank him immensely for his contributions and sacrifices in bringing our team to this point, and we greatly appreciate his unwavering commitment to our organization. We have tremendous respect for Jacque and certainly wish him the best as he embarks on the next phase of his career.”
The players will be informed at a meeting at 1 p.m. EST, sources told Yahoo. Assistant coach James Borrego is expected to become interim head coach, sources told Yahoo.
The Orlando Magic have fired coach Jacque Vaughn, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Vaughn, 39, was informed of the decision on Thursday in Orlando.
Bruce Bowen: Man, sad to here my guy J Vaughn has been fired by the Magic. He did the best job you can do with such a young group!
Chris Broussard: Sources: Jacque Vaughn has been fired. Players to be told at mandatory team meeting within 30 minutes
Adrian Wojnarowski: Assistant coach James Borrego is expected to be the Magic’s interim coach, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Brian Schmitz: ORLANDO SENTINEL BREAKING: Magic to hold news conference at 4 to announce firing of Jacque Vaughn..
Adrian Wojnarowski: After 10 straight losses, the firing of Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn is imminent, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
With speculation swirling that the Orlando Magic will fire him, perhaps even before the All-Star break, coach Jacque Vaughn said he’s done well at blocking out all the noise about his job security or lack thereof. “I think you’ve seen my demeanor: It hasn’t changed,” Vaughn said Monday, before his Magic faced the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. “My approach hasn’t changed, and that’s why I can look myself in the mirror every single day. I have a peace that’s beyond the game of basketball, and I’ll continue to do my job like I have since I accepted it Day One.”
With speculation swirling that the Orlando Magic will fire him, perhaps even before the All-Star break, coach Jacque Vaughn said he’s done well at blocking out all the noise about his job security or lack thereof. “I think you’ve seen my demeanor: It hasn’t changed,” Vaughn said Monday, before his Magic faced the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. My approach hasn’t changed, and that’s why I can look myself in the mirror every single day. I have a peace that’s beyond the game of basketball, and I’ll continue to do my job like I have since I accepted it Day One.”
Asked if reports that his job could be on the line affected the way he did his job, Vaughn said he is blocking everything out. That includes choruses of boos that could be heard during the Magic’s 115-100 home loss to Milwaukee on Thursday. “Do my job every day, partner,” he said. “I don’t abide by the tyranny of other people’s attitudes and moods. I’m ready to rock and roll.”
Vaughn said Friday morning before Orlando’s practice that he is taking his third season as the Magic’s coach “day-by-day” and that his approach hasn’t changed despite a season-high, seven-game losing streak. The Magic have lost 13 of their last 15 overall and given up 100 or more points in 11 straight games. The seven-game losing streak is Orlando’s second such skid of at least five games since the start of 2015. “Day by day,” Vaughn said when asked about his approach to the remainder of the season. “That’s what I do, I’ve always done. I do my job the best I can that day. I went home, I watched film — nothing changed. I got up this morning, met with my group, ready for practice and ready for a game.”
One source said Vaughn will not be fired Friday and that he will likely coach at least the Magic’s next three games against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday and the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. After those three games, all probable losses, the Magic’s schedule lightens considerably, with four of their next six opponents being non-playoff teams. That’s a much more favorable situation in which to bring a new coach.
It is likely the Magic will promote one of their assistant coaches to interim head coach, but several league executives have speculated that former Magic player Scott Skiles could be a front-runner for the job. Skiles played five of his 10 NBA seasons with the Magic, enjoying the best years of his career there.
Chris Broussard: Sources say reports out of Orlando that coach Jacque Vaughn is on verge of being fired are accurate
Sources have told the Sentinel that the Magic will not guarantee whether Vaughn will remain as coach for the rest of the season. There are 33 games remaining. The Magic say they are currently reviewing all aspects of the team, including Vaughn and his staff.
In fact, the lack of a natural candidate to promote to interim head coach from a young, inexperienced staff of assistants has played a part in Orlando management’s hesitancy to have already made a change, sources told Yahoo Sports. Management has been evaluating Vaughn closely in recent weeks, and played a part in pushing him to play a faster tempo based on the youth and athleticism of the roster, league sources said.
The Orlando Magic are close to firing coach Jacque Vaughn and a change could come soon, league sources told Yahoo Sports. As embarrassing losses accumulate, Vaughn is rapidly running out of time to show the progress needed to make it through the next several days – never mind the fourth and final year of his contract in 2015-’16, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Brian Schmitz: Orlando Sentinel: Magic brass have been told by one Western Conference coach that Magic have better talent than 15-34 record shows.
OS: Is his job safe for this season? Rob Hennigan: Look, we’re clearly in a rut and we need to find our way out of it together. The buck starts and stops with me. I’m responsible for the team and its performance, plain and simple. I’m constantly evaluating myself and ways in which I can do a better job for our team, and that will continue to be the case, and I’ll continue to make sure I’m evaluating every inch of the organization. It’s my job to make sure that we’re constantly evaluating every aspect of the organization from top to bottom. So, to your question, I’d say that everyone and everything is being evaluated right now. I wouldn’t be doing my job if that weren’t the case. I’ll also say that there’s not one isolated problem or issue and that we need to collectively be part of generating the solution.
Vaughn said he’s not worried about his job security, and it helps him that he learned as a player to avoid social-media chatter and unsubstantiated speculation about potential moves. “I really don’t read it,” Vaughn said after the Magic lost their sixth consecutive game Saturday night, extending its longest losing streak of the season. “I’m not on social media. And the great thing is I do my job as hard as I can every single day, and I’ll always keep it that way. I keep it that simple. I don’t complicate it. What I do know is, since Day One, since I accepted this job, everything I’ve done has been for this organization and it’ll continue to be that way.”
That could happen in Orlando, but is the next guy already on the staff? James Borrego coached Orlando’s Summer League team. He was part of the New Orleans organization as an assistant coach for two years and was with the Spurs for seven seasons prior to that. He is likely the guy who gets interim tag if Vaughn is let go, but would replacing Vaughn with a career assistant do anything to really change the direction of the team? Maybe.
Fans on social media pondered the question: Is Magic coach Jacque Vaughn on the hot seat? The short answer is likely no, at least not yet. The long answer is a touch more complicated.
The Orlando Magic have won five of their last eight games, but Jacque Vaughn isn’t singing his team’s praises just yet. “It’s a long season, and this thing’s a process,” Vaughn said before his team held its shootaround this morning at the Amway Center. “We haven’t done a thing yet. We’ve played 12 games, and I still have a guy named Kyle O’Quinn that I haven’t seen in awhile, so we’re still learning each other.”
It’s unclear how much time Oladipo will miss, but Oladipo and Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said they took some solace from the fact that Oladipo didn’t initially think the injury was severe. “It’s an injury that the timeline varies from individual to individual,” Vaughn said. “I will say the fact that he finished practice, I believe, is a good sign.” Still, the Magic’s injury list is increasingly crowded. Last week, free-agent signee Channing Frye sprained the MCL in his left knee.
What do you expect from Aaron Gordon? Jacque Vaughn: He’s a great addition to the culture that we have. We’re really about having unselfish guys. He’s a defensive-minded guy, who has a great athletic ability. He’ll grow on the offensive end of the floor. He’s a guy who will come to work every day and that’s what we’re looking for.
31 Aug 14
Orlando Magic coach Jacque Vaughn is in Granada to see Evan Fournier (whom the Magic got in the Arron Afflalo trade in June) play. But Fournier was the 11th guy to get in the game for France, entering with 3:06 to go in the first half. He went scoreless with two turnovers in just 8:25 of action.
Anthony Slater: Derek Fisher actually third youngest. Brad Stevens is 37, Fisher and Jacque Vaughn are both 39. (h/t @Baxter Holmes)