Scott Skiles Rumors
“The reality is there’s a lot of guys in the locker room that haven’t won many games,” coach Scott Skiles said. “They’ve got to figure out how to get out of it, and the way you get out of it is you work yourself out of it. You start a game with energy, and balls will start going in for you; good things will start happening for you.
With 12 losses in his team’s last 13 games, Orlando Magic coach Scott Skiles said this morning he has to do a better job teaching his players what it takes to win in the NBA. In response to a question about his team being outscored in the paint in recent games, Skiles said, “Ultimately, that comes from me. I’m the leader, and I have in the last five weeks failed to get my points across, obviously — and the points being we’ve got to pay the price, we’ve got to play harder, we’ve got to be more organized, we’ve got to play at a much faster pace much like we did when we were playing well. So that’s a problem I’ve got to solve.”
Since Dec. 18, the Magic rank 23rd in the NBA in field-goal percentage allowed and 23rd in points allowed per possession. “This is my responsibility,” Skiles said. “I’ve got to get these guys to understand what it takes to consistently win in the NBA, and I haven’t gotten that done in the last five weeks. For whatever reason, it hasn’t happened. So I’ve got to find a way to get that done.”
To his credit, the 20-year-old Hezonja has remained strong mentally and patient with the process, knowing full well that the Magic and coach Scott Skiles are taking a long-term view toward his overall development. “Every day for me, it’s step by step and I still have to learn both sides (offense and defense),’’ Hezonja said. “Coach (Skiles) wants that for me and the same for me (wanting that). I want to be good at every detail, so every practice is another step for me. “Maybe a lot of people don’t understand that when (Skiles) says it’s a long-term project,’’ added Hezonja, showing the maturity of someone well beyond his rookie status. “But that’s true and I’m totally fine with that. He’s right, I understand it and I’m working really, really hard.’’