HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — More than two months after firing Stan Van Gundy, the Orlando Magic finally have a replacement. Jacque Vaughn is young (37), inexperienced and comes without Shaquille O’Neal’s approval, but he’s awfully bright and personable, and he’s spent five years (three as a player and two as an assistant) learning from Gregg Popovich.
Dwight Howard‘s situation is still far from resolved, but at least we know who will or won’t be coaching Howard in Orlando next season. Joshua Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel had the first report…
The Orlando Magic have hired Jacque Vaughn as their new head coach.
A team official said the Magic will hold a press conference Monday afternoon to introduce Vaughn, a former NBA point guard who spent the past two seasons as a San Antonio Spurs assistant coach.
Vaughn will take over a team that is expected to trade superstar Dwight Howard, go into rebuilding mode and begin to emphasize developing young players.
Shortly after Robbins’ report hit the interweb, the Magic made it official.
While Vaughn comes with little experience, he has the right personality to mentor a young core. But while the Magic do have a few young players with promise, the problem is that they also have a bunch of high-priced veterans in the way of a true reconstruction.
So as the Dwightmare drags on, it becomes more clear that the Magic need to unload as many of those veterans in a Howard deal, while also continuing to build their young core. They need to look three or four years ahead, when they’ll have a young group that’s ready to blossom, or the assets necessary to get another star or two.
At least the Magic are moving forward in some form. Now, we just need the Portland Trail Blazers to figure out who their coach is.