The Orlando Magic appear to be starting over.
The Magic, improved but not of playoff calibre this season, were stunned Thursday when head coach Scott Skiles resigned after only one season on the job. The Magic says it will start a search immediately, although there have been no candidates officially named yet.
“After much thought and careful consideration, I and I alone, have come to the conclusion that I am not the right head coach for this team,” said Skiles. “Therefore, effective immediately, I resign my position as head coach of the Orlando Magic. I realize this type of decision can cause much speculation. The reality though is in the first sentence. It is simple and true. Any other rumors are pure conjecture.”
The Orlando Magic said that Skiles and the team disagreed on whether point guard Elfrid Payton was the long-term solution.
The decision could have an impact as the Magic attempt to add free agents.
Skiles, 52, became the 12th head coach in Orlando Magic history on May 29, 2015. He has an overall NBA regular season record of 478-480 (.499) as head coach with Phoenix, Chicago, Milwaukee and Orlando. During his 14 seasons as a head coach, his teams have reached the NBA Playoffs six times.
During his first season with the Magic (2015-16), Orlando finished with a 35-47 record, which was a ten-game improvement from the 2014-15 campaign, the fifth-largest increase season-over-season in franchise history.