Orlando Magic Say Expelliarmus to Terrible Coach Jacque Vaughn, Three Assistants; Scott Skiles, Vinny del Negro, Mike Malone on Replacement Radar

By Jaymz Clements (jaymz.clements@mstarsnews.com) | Feb 05, 2015 05:00 PM EST
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The Orlando Magic have fired their terrible (by all statisitcal means) coach Jacque Vaughn. After three years and a 58-158 win-loss record, the underachieving NBA team have decided to move on from their "trusted friend and colleague" and architect of their current 10 game losing streak, according to the team. The Magic also fired assistant coaches Wes Unseld Jr., Brett Gunning and Zack Guthrie, Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan has announced. Magic assistant coach James Borrego will reportedly take over as interim coach, with the Magic sitting at 15 wins and 37 losses... the exact same record they had after 52 games last season. Various reports have former Magic point guard Scott Skiles, as well as Mike Malone and (gulp) Vinny Del Negro, as coaching targets for the Florida team.

According to ESPN, Hennigan released a statement on the firing of Vaughan. "Jacque has been a trusted friend and colleague," said the GM. "We thank him immensely for his contributions and sacrifices in bringing our team to this point, and we greatly appreciate his unwavering commitment to our organization. We have tremendous respect for Jacque and certainly wish him the best as he embarks on the next phase of his career." 

ESPN also report Vaughn as releasing a statement thanking Magic owner Rich Vos. "I am a stronger and wiser man and coach because of the opportunity," Vaughn said. "I look forward to seeing this group continue to grow." Just not on the sideline looking perplexed as the Magic got blown out again.

Vaughn -- who spent two years as an assistant coach under Spurs maestro Gregg Popovich -- was brought in following the axing of Stan Van Gundy, but has failed to harness the full potential of his young an exciting roster, seemingly having little idea as to how to develop Tobias Harris, Mo Harkless, Andrew Nicholson and other young talent not named Nicola Vucevic.

In addition, off-season acquisitions Channing Frye and Ben Gordon haven't helped the Magic push towards the playoffs as hoped. Then again, perhaps you shouldn't hope Ben Gordon will help push you to the playoffs.

As Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports, Magic assistant coach James Borrego is "expected to be the Magic's interim coach," according to sources.

Wojnarowski also reports that former Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks head coach -- and "popular ex-Orlando Magic player" -- Scott Skiles, "has emerged as a serious candidate to eventually take over as head coach."

Wojnarowski adds that former Sacramento Kings coach Mike Malone -- who was fired earlier this season by Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, sending the Kings into a burning death spiral of Kings-ish intensity -- and former Bulls and Clippers coaching disaster Vinny Del Negro will also likely come under consideration as the Magic "move toward a tougher, more disciplined regime."

As ESPN's Tom Haberstroh tweeted out, though, the Magic find themselves in an uncannily similar situation to the one when former coach Stan Van Gundy was fired... instead of the team trading then-Magic star Dwight Howard.

Either way, it'll be fun to watch Orlando hire Skiles, then get good over the next three years before Skiles wears out his welcome and is fired. Hopefully it won't be on Christmas Eve again

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