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Scott Skiles out as coach of Orlando Magic

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Scott Skiles has stepped down as coach of the Orlando Magic after just one year, the somewhat surprising decision coming about a month after the conclusion of a frustrating regular season. The team said a search for a new coach is starting immediately. Skiles was 35-47 this season, his lone year leading the Magic – the team that he spent five seasons with as a player as well. The Magic started 19-13 this season, then after the calendar flipped to…

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Magic pose many challenges for new coach Scott Skiles

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The Orlando Magic open the 2015-16 NBA season at home against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. Realistic expectations do not envision the Magic playing basketball into late May. Fans would be happy with breaking even. Since parting ways with Coach Stan Van Gundy after their playoff loss to the Indiana Pacers in 2012, there has been little to cheer about at the Amway Center. For those fans demanding Van Gundy’s ouster at the time, the message is clear; be…

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Magic hire former player Scott Skiles as head coach

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The Orlando Magic have hired former player Scott Skiles as their next head coach. General manager Rob Hennigan announced the hiring Friday. An introductory news conference was set for later in the day. The 51-year-old Skiles becomes the 12th coach in franchise history. He follows Jacque Vaughn, who was fired in February. In a statement Hennigan lauded Skiles’ 13 years as an NBA head coach. “Scott clearly distinguished himself as a tremendous fit,” Hennigan said. “Our young roster will benefit…

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