NBA Rumors: Frank Vogel officially hired as Magic’s head coach, Dwight Howard return possible

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The Orlando Magic coaching search has finally come to an end after Frank Vogel was declared as the Magic’s new head coach on Thursday.

According to Josh Robbins of Orlando Sentinel, the Orlando Magic’s team officials sped up their coaching search because Frank Vogel has received interest from three other teams with a coaching vacancy, including the Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks and Houston Rockets. Among the three teams, the Grizzlies showed the strongest interest to hire Vogel.

Vogel became part of a various coaching search after the Indiana Pacers fired him. President Larry Bird decided to let Vogel’s contract expires after realizing that he was not the type of coach that can execute ‘small-ball’ offense for his team. Since he was fired, many suitors are lining up to get his service for the head coach position but reports are saying that Vogel is serious to take the Magic’s job.

The Orlando Magic believes that Frank Vogel can reciprocate or even surpass his achievements when he was in the Indiana Pacers. Vogel managed to bring the Pacers in playoffs for five appearances in his six years of tenure with the team. Vogel had posted a 250-181 regular-season record and a 31-30 postseason record with the Indiana.

The Magic officials decided Frank Vogel be Scott Skiles‘ successor because of his ability to emphasize in the defensive end and he relates well with players. Vogel has been known for developing all-star caliber players like Roy Hibbert and Paul George. He can do the same with Magic big men Nikola Vucevic and Ersan Ilyasova, whose skills have been seen with future potentials.

There are speculations that Dwight Howard will be coming back to his former team. If this happens, Frank Vogel may be the answer to lead back on track Howard’s lost career. If Howard’s performance will be back to its full potential, there is a higher possibility that the Orlando Magic will be a more competitive team next season.

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