Scott Skiles Rumors
Skiles was the Milwaukee Bucks’ coach when the Bucks drafted Harris in 2011, and Harris played sparingly during the period that Skiles’ and Harris’ tenures in Milwaukee overlapped. Harris refuted those rumors on Friday night. “First off, me and Scott have a great relationship,” Harris said. “What people don’t understand is that when he first coached me, I was 18 years old. And from 18 to being about to turn 23 now, I’m a completely different player. Even in Milwaukee, where I didn’t play as much, we still had a great dialogue. He just wanted me to work harder. He just said, ‘Your time is coming.’ So he was always encouraging for me.
Throughout the process, rumors surfaced — always from unnamed sources — that Harris didn’t want to return to the Magic because the Magic had recently hired Scott Skiles as their coach. Skiles was the Milwaukee Bucks’ coach when the Bucks drafted Harris in 2011, and Harris played sparingly during the period that Skiles’ and Harris’ tenures in Milwaukee overlapped. Harris refuted those rumors on Friday night. “First off, me and Scott have a great relationship,” Harris said. “What people don’t understand is that when he first coached me, I was 18 years old. And from 18 to being about to turn 23 now, I’m a completely different player. Even in Milwaukee, where I didn’t play as much, we still had a great dialogue. He just wanted me to work harder. He just said, ‘Your time is coming.’ So he was always encouraging for me.
“Today, we communicated. He wants me to be a leader. He wants me to lead. He’s a fantastic coach. I think he’s the perfect coach for our team. Actually, I know he’s the perfect coach for our team. And he’s a coach I want to play for. He’s a fiery guy. He gets after you. He has that passion to win, that fire to win. Me and him, we have no problems. That passion, that’s the passion that I play with, so that’s what I love in a coach.” The deal was reported first by Real GM.
Today there was a report that Tobias does not want to come back to Orlando because of Scott Skiles. I have talked to him about it candidly (I’d never repeat what was said) but I can assure you that of the laundry list of things that matter to Tobias, Skiles is not one of them either way.
Michael Scotto: Sources: Tobias Harris would prefer not to return to the Orlando Magic and play for Scott Skiles, who previously coached him in Milwaukee.: 8 more rumors
John Ariemma: so Harris doesn’t want to play for Skiles now? Steve Kyler: I have talked to him directly – he has no issues with Skiles, is about being wanted by the franchise and winning.
Conner Henry, whom the D-Fenders announced as their coach on June 10, is heading to Orlando to join the staff of Magic Coach Scott Skiles. The Magic announced their coaching staff on Friday, including Adrian Griffin, Monte Mathis, Mario Elie and Henry.
In Orlando, Harris has maintained dialogue with Scott Skiles, his former coach, throughout the year, exchanging encouraging messages. Nevertheless, Orlando’s desire to match a maximum-level offer sheet on Harris has been in question. he two sides couldn’t reach an extension last offseason, Orlando sticking to offers below the $10-to-$11 million that Harris desired — and now promises to surpass.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Mario Elie is a strong frontrunner to be hired as an assistant on Orlando Magic coach Scott Skiles’ staff, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
The Orlando Magic have reached an agreement with Adrian Griffin to become their new lead assistant coach, the Orlando Sentinel has learned. The addition of Griffin is the first hire for Scott Skiles’ coaching staff. Griffin spent the last five seasons as a Chicago Bulls assistant coach. Before that, he worked for the Milwaukee Bucks under Skiles as an assistant coach for player development.
Now, he’s preparing for his second NBA season — a season in which he’ll play for a new head coach, Scott Skiles. “I’ve talked to a lot of guys, and it’s been all positive things about Coach Skiles and how well he does with point guards,” Payton said. “So I’ll be happy to see what we can do and what I can learn from him, what he can learn from me and what he can do for this team.”
What are your thoughts on the hiring of Scott Skiles as head coach? Nikola Vucevic: I don’t know him. He’s coached very good teams in the past and very good players for what I understand. He played for the Magic and he knows the game, I’m sure. I don’t know much about him, but I’m looking forward to meeting him and working with him. I think he’ll be good for us and can help us take the next step. He has a reputation as a very demanding coach, which is kind of the stereotype of the coaches from the former Yugoslavia. So I guess it’s going to be pretty familiar to you. NV: I don’t know. I mean, I’ve read reports about that and, well, I think that’s good with a young team. I guess he’ll want us to prove ourselves every day, to be at our best every day and become a better team. I’ve dealt with many coaches here and in college and everywhere and you can learn a lot from every coach.
Orlando Sentinel: Where do you stand on hiring a coaching staff? Are you going to get James Borrego back? Scott Skiles: That’s kind of up to J.B. He and I spoke again yesterday. I gave him a week — I gave him until Monday — to see if there was anything out there that interested him, and I believe he’s talked to a team. So I think he’s kind of waiting to see what happens with that. I’m certainly not going to stand in his way. We’ll just kind of see how it plays out over the weekend.
Do you have to pamper players more today, especially stars?” Scott Skiles: “No, I don’t think so. Some of those terms, there’s big grey area in those terms. I think what happens is a lot of the organizations might not have a real solid philosophy of the type of players they like and the type of workers. (The thought is) ‘we’re going to get a coach that’s going to come in here and have discipline.’ And those terms are thrown around. Then all of a sudden, three years in, ‘well that guy has lost it, now we have to bring in the players coach.’ So I think those things are kind of silly. A lot of them are driven by other people. I think the really good coaches come in, they look at their team, say ‘what do we need to do to win?’
“I’m excited about a new beginning,” small forward Moe Harkless said. “I’ve heard a lot about Scott Skiles and am looking forward to meeting and working with him. Everything I’ve heard about him has been good. I’ve heard he’s a hard coach and he expects a lot out of his players, and that’s the kind of coach we need as a young team. We need to be held accountable and he’s the guy that’s going to do that for us. It’s a new opportunity for me to earn some more playing time too. Last year, I feel I didn’t really play a lot so it’s a opportunity to earn some minutes back and just be able to play my game. I’m looking forward to it and looking forward to working with him.
Orlando wanted an experienced, defensive-minded head coach and Skiles is exactly that. He has 13 years of coaching experience and has gone 443-433 in the regular season and 18-24 in the postseason throughout his career. The former point guard also had a successful 10-year playing career in the NBA, including five seasons with the Magic. Basketball Insiders spoke to several Magic players, who were excited about the hire. “[I’m] happy for our front office,” point guard Elfrid Payton said via text message. “It’ll be great learning from another former point guard.”
Skiles said he’s “very interested” in making Borrego a member of his coaching staff. Skiles-coached teams have been known for their defense. Since the 2000-01 season, his teams ranked in the top 10 in defensive efficiency in seven out of 12 partial or full seasons, according to the NBA’s official statistics database.
“I truly wanted this to be an objective decision about his coaching ability,” Martins said Friday. “I didn’t want my personal past with Scott and my experience with him of having been a player here and our relationship to enter into that. We truly had to find the right coach for this team.” Hennigan and Martins hope Skiles will give the team a hard-nosed identity and will jump-start the team’s rebuilding process.
In reality, however, the Magic first had to overcome a significant obstacle, a hurdle in Skiles’ mind. “I wanted to make sure I was being hired because they thought I could coach, not because I was someone that was affiliated with the organization in the past,” Skiles said.
Hennigan ultimately conducted face-to-face interviews with four candidates from outside the Magic. In addition to Skiles and former Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks coach and current Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Mike Woodson, the Orlando Sentinel has learned that Hennigan also met with former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson and current Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg.