Scott Skiles Rumors

Head coach Scott Skiles, someone who played in the NBA for 10 years and mentored younger players for much of them, feels that if the team had a couple of more experienced veterans it might have been able to stabilize itself during the season’s most pivotal stretch. “We’ve got to get tougher,’’ Skiles said. “We can’t let a two- or three-game skid turn into what it did. We’ve got to be mentally tougher and some of that does come from being more mature.’’
While the Magic are hoping for another summer of growth from Aaron Gordon (20 years old), Mario Hezonja (20), Elfrid Payton (22), Victor Oladipo (23) and Fournier (23), GM Rob Hennigan and Skiles agree that the team needs to add some veteran leadership over the summer via free agency and trades. Orlando dealt its most experienced player, Channing Frye, to the Cleveland Cavaliers in February – a move designed to create more salary cap space when the free-agent courting process begins on July 1.
“There’s a couple different ways we could look at [Thursday night],” Skiles said. “We could look at and not even address it other than, ‘Let’s move on.’ Or actually look at kind of how we lost and how he got 51. So we chose to look at it. “We looked at a lot of clips this morning. He just got way too many easy baskets. We gave up a high field-goal percentage against Indiana, Philly and now again [Thursday night]. It’s very hard to, say, be a top five defensive-field-goal percentage team. One of things we’re trying to impress upon our guys is it’s hard, but it’s worth it if you’ll commit to it and do it.”