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Magic waited far too long to fire general manager Rob Hennigan

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The question is not why the Orlando Magic fired general manager Rob Hennigan on Thursday. The question was why they waited so long to do so. Hennigan was a disaster, and his team was dysfunctional. His draft picks didn’t work out, and his free agents were worse. He didn’t get along with former coach Scott Skiles. Meanwhile, the Magic ceased to become relevant and have no immediate hopes of becoming so. Orlando has lost at least 47 games in every…

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Magic reach for UNLV’s Stephen Zimmerman in the second round

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The Orlando Magic took a chance on the future with their second-round pick in Thursday night’s NBA draft. The Magic picked freshman Stephen Zimmerman out of UNLV with their 41st pick overall. Zimmerman, only 19, averaged 10.5 points per game and 8.7 rebounds in his only season with UNLV. He needs work on his scoring touch. The Magic was also supposed to have the No. 47 pick, but they traded the pick to Portland for cash and a future No.…

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Magic trade for Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibake in the NBA draft

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Don’t think of it as a draft pick. Think of it as the Orlando Magic starting to reshape its roster for coach Frank Vogel. The Magic traded for Serge Ibaka, a forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder, as the first step for Vogel’s new team. Orlando traded Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and the rights to No. 1 pick Domantas Sabonis. Sabonis is the son of Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis. He came at a price, but Ibaka could have an…

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Magic reach an agreement to hire Frank Vogel as coach

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The Orlando Magic are under new management. It didn’t take long after the resignation of coach Scott Skiles to find his replacement in former Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel, who the Orlando Sentinel reported have reached an agreement in principle. The Magic had to move quickly. The Memphis Grizzlies, Houston Rockets ad New York Knicks all had an interest in Vogel, 42. In six seasons in Indiana, Vogel had a record of 250-181. He reached the playoffs in five of…

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Van Gundy leads ranking of Magic coaches through the years

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They have had success. They have had failure. For the Orlando Magic, that’s as true of coaches as it is of players. Now that the Magic is the market for another coach, it is time to rank the 11 men who have called the plays for the Magic. Some of them were memorable. Some of them? Not so much. 1. Stan Van Gundy (2007-2012): In a lot of ways, it’s still a mystery why the Magic fired Van Gundy. No…

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Orlando Magic would be better off by starting a new direction

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If I ran the Orlando Magic, I would blow it up. Dynamite. Nitroglycerin. Anything. If I ran the Orlando Magic, I would not fall in love with my 35 wins, which isn’t enough to qualify a team to even watch the playoffs on TV. If I ran the Orlando Magic, I would realize the absence of greatness on the court, on the bench and in the front office. If I ran the Orlando Magic, I would consider Scott Skiles’ quitting…

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Without Scott Skiles, who could make the Magic a better team?

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Is the resignation of Scott Skiles an indictment of the team’s front office. And should the team completely start over? Skiles is gone after less than a calendar year. He won 35 games while he was here, and from the whispers, he clashed with the front office throughout. Now, as the Magic prepare to go forward, who is there to lead the direction? General manager Rob Hennigan? He’s been in the job four years now. The Magic haven’t gotten a lot better. Should…

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