Scott Skiles has joined the new trend in the NBA as he resigned as the Orlando Magic head coach on Wednesday that shocked both the players and the organization. As soon as he filed his resignation word is swelling that he might apply for the Indiana Pacers job vacancy since he is a native of Indiana.
No official word from the Pacers as to interviewing Skiles and the Magic has not yet made known the reason to Skiles’ resignation, but the 52-year old issued a statement wherein he stated that he came to the conclusion that he is not the right man for job over in Orlando and word has it that differences with Magic’s general manager Rob Hennigan could have cause all the trouble.
Joshua Robbins states that the Skiles and Hennigan’s views for the team did not really match and most of the time causes disagreement.
“There was certainly a disconnection between Scott Skiles and GM Rob Hennigan. A few disagreements on personnel and on the mindset of the team,” Robbins said.
As Skiles resigns, the Magic join the Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies and New York Knicks which have no coaches as of yet. The word war between Hennigan and Skiles dates back when the team’s GM accuses Skiles of harassing the team owners for him to land the job at coaching in Orlando.
“After much thought and careful consideration, I and I alone, have come to the conclusion that I am not the right head coach for this team. Therefore, effective immediately, I resign my position as head coach of the Orlando Magic. I realize this type of decision can cause much speculation. The reality though is in the first sentence. It is simple and true. Any other rumors are pure conjecture,” Skiles explained in his statement.
He added that he apologizes to the Magic organization and to the DeVos family, who hired him. He was all praise for the team and thankful for the opportunity given to him to coach a “world class” team like the Magic.
“I sincerely apologize for any unintended consequences that may adversely affect anyone associated with this decision, The Magic are a world-class organization that employs world-class people. I wish them nothing but great success. I will always be thankful, especially to the DeVos family, for the opportunity,” Skiles added.
Skiles draw praises as he led the Magic to a 19-13 start this season, but fell out off going to the home stretch of the season as they finished with a decent 35-47 win-loss record, which was a 10-game win improvement from the previous season. The Magic would miss the post season for the fourth straight time and they also dwindle at 23-29 when Tobias Harris and Channing Frye were traded at the February deadline in future-focused swaps that weakened the team’s rotation.
On the other hand, Hennigan also issued a statement on behalf of the team and thanked Skiles for his contribution and added that they will forever cherish the culture that he has instilled with the team.
“While we understand it was a challenging season, we reluctantly have accepted Scott’s resignation. We appreciate Scott instilling a culture of accountability and certainly wish him and his family well,” Hennigan added.
The search for a new head coach would begin immediately, according to a news release from the team. Before Skiles was hired by the Magic, other candidates considered for the job include Mark Jackson and Fred Hoiberg, who later took the Bulls head coaching job. Word has it that the Magic will interview Jackson anew and Clippers assistant Mike Woodson.
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