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February 11, 2015 Updates

Magic center Nikola Vucevic had hoped to make the Eastern Conference team as an injury replacement, but those hopes were scuttled when Commissioner Adam Silver selected Kyle Korver to replace Dwyane Wade. Vucevic now is scrambling to find something to do over the break. "I honestly didn't plan anything because I was hoping to maybe make the All-Star [team], so I didn't want to jinx it," he said. "I was just kind of waiting, so I have to make some plans right now, I guess. The good thing is we live in Florida, so I can drive anywhere to the beach and just relax for two or three days and come back here." Orlando Sentinel

Victor Oladipo will donate a portion of his dunk contest earnings to Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis and the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute in Orlando. Orlando Sentinel

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Scott Skiles has been mentioned as a candidate for the Magic job and NBA sources said that the former Orlando point guard, who once dished out 30 assists in a game, is intrigued by the job but wants to wait for the process to hash out. The Magic have struggled defensively and Skiles is known as a defensive-minded coach and a disciplinarian, which may be the best remedy to solve the confounding regression of their younger players. Skiles, who has coached the Suns, Bulls, and Bucks, last coached in Milwaukee but resigned after the Bucks began the 2012-13 season 16-16. In 13 seasons as a coach, Skiles has led teams to playoff berths six times . Boston Globe

“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.” Boston Globe

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.” Boston Globe

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.” Orange County Register

February 7, 2015 Updates
February 6, 2015 Updates

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. Detroit Free Press

Orlando will begin a national coaching search and, according to sources, plans to cast a wide net. Scott Skiles, the former Magic guard, is a leading candidate. Mark Jackson, Mike Malone and Vinny Del Negro figure to eventually be on the interview list. If the Magic go with a stop-gap the rest of the season -- assistant coach James Borrego is the interim coach -- several league sources believe Orlando could make a run at Chicago’s Tom Thibodeau, should the relationship between Thibodeau and the Bulls become too toxic to continue. Sports Illustrated

Aaron Bruski: The heat is on. CC: @talkhoops. RT @Alex Kennedy @Aaron Bruski Makes a lot of sense with ORL looking to do the same. Twitter @aaronbruski

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.” Sports Illustrated


Two dominant big men and a couple of flashy perimeter players top the Magic's list.


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