Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city

Tag archive

Scott Skiles

Frank Vogel to next Magic GM: “I can get along with anyone”

in Sports by

A difficult year is behind the Orlando Magic. For the fifth consecutive season they failed to make the playoffs. During that span, the team had its worst five-year period ever with a record of 132-278. That cost General Manager Rob Hennigan and Assistant General Manager Scott Perry their jobs. Orlando Coach Frank Vogel can certainly relate to being fired. Just 11 months ago, he was looking for a job after being let go by the Indiana Pacers after his team…

Keep Reading

‘Work in progress’ Magic takes next step

in Sports by

Although the Orlando Magic assumed more than $50 million in salaries on four new players this season, there was little return on investment in the first three games. The additions of Bismack Biyombo, Serge Ibaka, D. J. Augustin, and Jeff Green were not putting Orlando anywhere near a victory early on. While they did not expect to also be bringing in a new coach, that necessity was forced on them by the resignation of Scott Skiles after one season. Frank Vogel…

Keep Reading

New-look Magic set to open 2016-17 season vs. Heat

in Sports by

With the Orlando Magic set to open the NBA season on Wednesday, fans have two basic questions; are they better than last year and if so, can they make the playoffs? The Miami Heat is the perfect opponent to gauge both short-term and long-term improvement. After Miami routed the Magic in the pre-season, the 2016-17 season begins tonight at the Amway Center at 7:00 p.m. The same questions were asked last year. Over the course of the season they were…

Keep Reading

Will the Magic summer makeover mean success?

in Sports/Top Headlines by

July 4 is when baseball teams reach the half-way point of their seasons. For the other three major sports, it marks the beginning of the upcoming season. This is especially true of basketball, especially for the Orlando Magic. The draft is complete. The free agent signing period is underway as are the various summer leagues used to gauge current and available talent. The Magic hopes they are in the early stages of a turnaround season. Last month’s draft netted them…

Keep Reading

Magic take risks to land Serge Ibaka

in Sports/Top Headlines by

Now that the results of the NBA draft have settled in, how does the Orlando Magic stack up? Did their trade for Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka improve the team or is his addition offset by the subtraction of outstanding talent. It depends on who you ask. General Manager Rob Hennigan was elated. Hennigan and Coach Frank Vogel believe Ibaka is the shot blocker/rim protector the Magic have long needed to make them a playoff contender. “We had a high sense…

Keep Reading

Scott Skiles out as coach of Orlando Magic

in Sports/Top Headlines by

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…

Keep Reading

Orlando struggles to regain the Magic

in Sports/Top Headlines by

Thank goodness for the Brooklyn Nets. If not for them, the Orlando Magic would be in a full throttle nose dive. As it is, Orlando has lost six straight games, including one at home to the Philadelphia 76ers, dropping to 20-23. The Sixers, at 6-39, are clearly the worst team in the NBA. The Magic ended 2015 with a victory over the Nets on December at the Amway Center to end the year at 19-13. First-year Coach Scott Skiles promised…

Keep Reading

Go to Top