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May 15, 2015 Updates

ESPN and ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy jokingly pulled himself out of contention for the Orlando Magic coaching vacancy Thursday, but then he seriously said Scott Skiles would be a great hire. "I think the Magic job is a good job," Van Gundy told me on our Open Mike radio show on Orlando's AM 740 The Game. "Ownership there is outstanding. Stan (Van Gundy) raved about the DeVos family, and Rob Hennigan has done a really good job in building the roster. ... I thought James Borrego did a nice job when he took over. Having been an interim coach before, I know that's a difficult challenge. If he doesn't retain the job, I think there are a lot of guys who would do a nice job. I think the Magic will get a quality coach." Orlando Sentinel

May 12, 2015 Updates
May 11, 2015 Updates

While Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau is the leader in the Orlando Magic vacant coaching clubhouse, Scott Skiles and Scott Brooks are still in contention. I’m hearing the Magic job is Thibodeau’s if he so desires, although some basketball insiders are speculating New Orleans could be Thibodeau’s preferred landing spot. Skiles hasn’t coached since being jettisoned by the Bucks in January of 2013, but has a huge fan in Richard DeVos, the Magic owner. Racine Journal-Times

May 2, 2015 Updates
April 23, 2015 Updates

According to league sources close to both situations, the Magic have not held talks – informal or otherwise – with anyone and while Scott Skiles is still very interested in coaching in the NBA, he is not actively seeking or campaigning for a job anywhere, including Orlando. The other narrative that’s been talked about a lot (including here) is the notion that wherever Skiles coaches next he would seek oversight of basketball operations; however, that too has been squashed by sources close to the situation, saying that having power or control is not a pre-requisite to accepting a job. Basketball Insiders

April 21, 2015 Updates

Scott Skiles has been linked to the Magic since former head coach Jacque Vaughn was fired. Skiles remains close with a number of the Magic’s ownership and senior leadership personalities including Magic CEO Alex Martins. It’s believed that Skiles has already had informal conversations about the Magic job, with some close to the situation saying Skiles not only would take the job if offered, he’s tried to campaign a little. Basketball Insiders

The problem with Skiles as a hire, is that those close to the process say he’d want final say over personnel decisions, after a couple of rough front office situations in his past. Skiles doesn’t necessarily want current Magic GM Rob Hennigan out; sources say he simply wants approval over roster moves, something that Martins is currently doing now. Basketball Insiders

April 16, 2015 Updates

The Magic, sources say, have already held informal discussions about the position with former Orlando fan favorite Scott Skiles and rate the ex-Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks coach as a serious candidate for the job. ESPN.com

February 8, 2015 Updates

Scott Skiles has been mentioned as a candidate for the Magic job and NBA sources said that the former Orlando point guard, who once dished out 30 assists in a game, is intrigued by the job but wants to wait for the process to hash out. The Magic have struggled defensively and Skiles is known as a defensive-minded coach and a disciplinarian, which may be the best remedy to solve the confounding regression of their younger players. Skiles, who has coached the Suns, Bulls, and Bucks, last coached in Milwaukee but resigned after the Bucks began the 2012-13 season 16-16. In 13 seasons as a coach, Skiles has led teams to playoff berths six times . Boston Globe

February 6, 2015 Updates

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

Keyon Dooling on Scott Skiles: "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

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

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