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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

Magic officials have turned the team over to an interim coach, 37-year-old James Borrego, who had been the lead assistant coach under Vaughn but has never coached a full regular-season NBA game. "We went into the season wanting to see some progress," Hennigan said. "We wanted to see growth, and we just didn't feel like we were seeing the type of growth that we wanted to see. So that led us to this point. I would say that we find ourselves in a little bit of a rut right now. We'll call it what it is. But I would also say that it's a road bump, not a road block." Orlando Sentinel

February 5, 2015 Updates

Keyon Dooling: "Skiles is a high-pedigree coach. A lot of times when coaches get fired, they get better at wherever they were weak. (If he gets the Orlando job) I think he'll be better in how he deals with players this time. During my time in Milwaukee, he had an average relationship with the players. I don't think it was great, I don't think it was bad. His work ethic, X's and O's and game-planning were his strengths. Where he fell short is maybe with people. I wouldn't call him a players' coach, but I wouldn't call him a coach players wouldn't like to play for either. I enjoyed playing for him. I learned every day. I was prepared from a game-playing standpoint. He was a very hard worker and I'm really not one to judge coaches by how friendly my relationship was with them." HoopsHype

Alex Kennedy: Sources say George Karl would have interest in the Orlando Magic job. In 2005, he took over the Denver Nuggets midseason and went 32-8. In the past, George Karl had said that he preferred a team out West, but sources say he would be interested because Magic job is attractive. Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA


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


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