By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Orlando Magic have fired head coach Frank Vogel. He lasted two seasons with the team.
“We said from the outset that we’re going to take the year to evaluate and we took the whole year,’’ Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman, who has worked in tandem this season with GM John Hammond, said in a statement. “There’s no `ahhh-ha’ moment, no date, there’s no event that kind of clicked into place. It was just looking at the season, weighing all of the information, game-by-game, day-by-day and adding it all up at the end of the season.’’
Vogel is the second head coach fired by an NBA team on Thursday. The New York Knicks fired head coach Jeff Hornacek, as well.
These two may not be the only head coaches fired on Thursday or over the next several weeks. Wednesday night was the end of the regular season in the NBA, so it would be be surprising if more moves happen.
The 44-year-old Wildwood Crest, N.J. Native went 25-57 wifh the Magic this season. During his first season with the team last season, he guided the team to a 29-53 record.
in his two seasons, he guided the team to a 54-110 record. Neither season did Vogel guide the Magic to the postseason.
There was no Mickey Magic during his tenure, as they finished fifth in the Southeast Division both seasons.
“It’s tough and I feel bad for Frank because he’s a great guy and he did his best … with the situation that he had here, having a new team last year and it didn’t work out for us on the court,’’ said center Nikola Vucevic, the Magic’s longest-tenured player over six seasons. “This year, too, our season didn’t go the way that we wanted it to. It’s a tough business for him, but (Vogel) did everything he could to help us be the best team that we can. But this is the way the business goes sometimes.
“It (stinks) for all of the assistants as well because you build relationships with all those guys, but it’s part of the business,’’ Vucevic continued. “It’s nothing too new to me. It’s going to be my fifth coach in seven years, so I’m used to it.’’
Orlando is looking for their fifth head coach since the 2012-13 season. Besides Vogel, Jacque Vaughn, James Borrega and Scott Skiles were the coaches in this time frame, neither guiding the team to the playoffs.
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