NBA Rumor: Magic Coaching Search

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Magic name Jamahl Mosley head coach

Jamahl Mosley has been named head coach of the Orlando Magic, President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced today. Mosley becomes the 15th head coach in franchise history. “We would like to welcome Jamahl and his family to the Magic family,” said Weltman. “Within the NBA coaching community, Jamahl is considered a rising star. His coaching path is rooted in player development. He is a communicator and connector, and we look forward to him leading our group.”

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If hired, Jamahl Mosley would face an enormously difficult task in the years ahead. He would be entrusted to teach the Magic’s youngsters the right way to play and hold them accountable in an environment where winning will not initially be the primary goal. Mosley, 42, is the Magic’s top choice for their vacant head-coaching job, a league source told The Athletic, confirming news reported first by ESPN. The deal is not done yet, the source said, but the Magic and Mosley’s agent are in the midst of negotiating the particulars of a new contract.

Along with Unseld, the Magic’s wide-ranging search also included interviews with San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon, Phoenix Suns assistant coach Willie Green, University of Memphis coach Penny Hardaway and up to half a dozen additional candidates, sources said. “This job has tremendous growth potential, which is very attractive,” Weltman said at the very beginning of his coaching search. “It has organizational strength and ownership behind it. We’re moving into a new practice facility next year. There are a lot of good things happening here. Most importantly, we have a lot of bright, young, talented players.”

Magic interested in Suns assistant coach Willie Green

The Athletic has learned through league sources that the Magic have asked permission to interview Phoenix Suns assistant coach Willie Green, Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Charles Lee and Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Ime Udoka. Green, 39, is completing his fifth season as an NBA assistant coach. A former NBA shooting guard, Green worked three seasons as an assistant coach/player development for the Golden State Warriors under Steve Kerr before he joined Monty Williams’ coaching staff in Phoenix in 2019.

The Magic have begun their interview process, sources said, but their coaching search is expected to be wide-ranging and almost certainly will include candidates in addition to Green, Hammon, Kidd, Lee, Udoka and Unseld. Tyrone Corbin, Pat Delany and Steve Hetzel — assistant coaches under Clifford who currently remain under contract with Orlando — could be interviewed, if they haven’t been interviewed already. Many league insiders who work for other teams think the Magic could have interest in as many as three members of the LA Clippers’ coaching staff: associate head coach Dan Craig and assistant coaches Kenny Atkinson and Chauncey Billups.
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