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March 3, 2015 Updates

"Overall, I love the city," Frye said. "I love this opportunity to play with these guys. After the [coaching] change, I think it's really for me, in my personal opinion, been a breath of fresh air with J.B. I'm not saying that it wasn't awesome before. But I'm just saying the way his philosophy is a little different, it's a little bit more my style. For me, I've just tried to do the best I can every day, and it's been a learning process. I kind of know I'm not the fan favorite right now. But I think that, for me, I'm just trying to do everything I can to help the team both on and off the court and help us get wins." Orlando Sentinel

February 8, 2015 Updates

“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

Not surprisingly, Van Gundy finds the situation of absurd -- particularly the way organizations bend over backward to not publicly blame a coach, but the coach is the only sacrificial lamb in such instances. "All those things are the same," Van Gundy said today. "You get in the press conference, they loved Jacque. He did a great job. You listen to all that, and then I listen to Rob say it doesn't fall on Jacque, but he takes full responsibility. I laugh, obviously, because that's not true. "You're still sitting there with a job, and Jacque doesn't have one, so I don't know what full responsibility means. But I would say they left the full responsibility on Jacque." Detroit Free Press

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

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

February 5, 2015 Updates

The Orlando Magic have fired coach Jacque Vaughn, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Vaughn, 39, was informed of the decision on Thursday in Orlando. Yahoo! Sports

The players will be informed at a meeting at 1 p.m. EST, sources told Yahoo. Assistant coach James Borrego is expected to become interim head coach, sources told Yahoo. Yahoo! Sports

The Orlando Magic have relieved Jacque Vaughn from his head coaching duties, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. In addition, James Borrego has been named interim head coach. "Jacque (Vaughn) has been a trusted friend and colleague," said Hennigan. "We thank him immensely for his contributions and sacrifices in bringing our team to this point, and we greatly appreciate his unwavering commitment to our organization. We have tremendous respect for Jacque and certainly wish him the best as he embarks on the next phase of his career." NBA.com

Adrian Wojnarowski: The Orlando Magic fired coach Jacque Vaughn, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

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