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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 Hennigan continue to be in charge of the franchise? Remember, he butted heads with Skiles.

The Magic could go to the ranks of colleges for their next coach and pick from among Kentucky’s John Calipari, UConn’s Kevin Ollie or Arizona’s Sean Miller.

Or they could look to an NBA assistant such as Atlanta’s Kenny Atkinson or Boston’s Jay Larranaga.

Whoever takes over, the Magic’s next five years need to be better than the last five.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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