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Report: Spurs assistant Vaughn frontrunner to be Magic coach

Jul 13, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

Jaque Vaughn Getty Images

You know who Brian Shaw is, the former right hand man to Phil Jackson. You may have heard of Mike Malone, the current Warriors assistant who has been on top of the assistant coaching tree for a couple years now.

But former NBA player Jacque Vaughn may be beating them both out for the open Orlando coaching vacancy, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network.

The candidacy of San Antonio assistant Jacque Vaughn has gathered momentum in Orlando’s coaching search, league sources tell Y! Sports.

Shaw and Malone were interviewed, as were Quin Snyder (who just left the Lakers as an assistant to take a similar role with CSKA Moscow), Suns player development specialist Lindsey Hunter, and Jazz assistant Jeff Hornacek.

Vaughn has been learning from Gregg Popovich for a while, and if you’re looking to build an organization on the Spurs model (which is a good model to follow) then getting a coach from there makes sense.

My question: Why not long-time Spurs lead assistant Mike Budenholzer?

Not to knock Vaughn, who seems to have stepped to the front of the line. Remember that this is not a done deal at all and someone else entirely may land the gig.

  1. magicbucs - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    They want a coach that played in the league before to help with the youth the magic are looking to start over with.

    • heat256 - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      Or a scapegoat as someone to can two years down the road when their record is abysmal. I think Shaw would be a great coach, and he can’t get a sniff. Is ORL going the cheap route with Vaughn?

      • raidmagic - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:12 PM

        One thing you can’t accuse Orlando of is being cheap.

  2. ch8878 - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Brian Shaw and Jacque Vaughn both former Magic PG that’s funny.

  3. genericcommenter - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Um, if you are over the age of 12 and follow basketball, you should also know who Vaughn is.

  4. 00maltliquor - Jul 14, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    I loved Jacque Vaughn back when he used to play for the Kansas Jayhawks, and as a NBA player he had his moments, but this is a major headscratcher. I really don’t know anything about him as a coach so I can’t say this is horrible but this doesn’t look like a step in the right direction for the Magic. From SVG to…Jacque Vaughn?? Huh?

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