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Jacque Vaughn hired as head coach of the Orlando Magic

Jul 28, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

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The Orlando Magic announced Saturday, following multiple media reports including the first from the Orlando Sentinel, that they have hired 37-year-old former NBA player and Spurs assistant Jacque Vaughn as their new head coach.

The move is not a surprise, as Vaughn has been in the running for weeks, and held a second reported interview with the Magic brass during NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Vaughn missed a game coaching the Spurs’ Summer League team to interview.

Vaughn only retired from playing in 2009, and has spent the past two seasons with the Spurs under Gregg Popovich. Magic GM Rob Hennigan is himself a former Spurs executive having worked with Sam Presti there before joining Presti in Oklahoma City prior to his hire by the Magic. It’s clear that the Magic are trying to emulate the Spurs’ approach. Not an easy thing when you consider the relative success of some of the disciples, but if you’re going to model yourself after someone, that’s the team to do it.

Vaughn came under fire from Shaquille O’Neal recently who questioned why Mike Malone or Brian Shaw was not hired. O’Neal admitted in an interview with NBATV after the schedule release Thursday that he doesn’t know Jacque Vaughn at all, which should come as absolutely zero surprise to anyone.

The Magic managed to keep the interview process under wraps and clearly went in a direction away from more known candidates and towards ones that espoused the kind of quiet approach Hennigan has taken to management early on. Vaughn better get ready to speak a lot, though, with the Dwight Howard situation still unresolved and a roster that could change dramatically at any moment.

The Magic went young, they went with someone from a tree they trusted, they went with someone who comes highly recommended. It’s a gamble, but maybe the kind the organization needs to make.

  1. dalucks - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    I do not know if I should be happy for him or feel bad for him. I am glad he got the job but unfortunately,it is a complete rebuilding job because everyone knows Dwight is leaving and Orlando has a few bad contracts on the books. I hope he gets a decent team soon so we can get a fair evaluation on whether or not he is a good coach.

  2. censoredpost - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Should have gone with Shaw. His Zen Master (like Phil) laid back attitude doesn’t sell well in interviews but it does to the players. The best memory of Vaughn for me was when he went 0-17 or so from the floor with the Hawks. Or his missed free throw streak. He couldn’t pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were written on the heel, when he was a player. With that said good luck to him, hope he is a better coach then a baller.

    • knightrider1755 - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      Funny. In 2001 with the Hawks, he set an NBA record for the most consecutive field goals missed to start a season. It still stands today at 22. When he was with the Nets, he was absolutely horrendous.

  3. odojoe - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    I believe the Magic just went cheap for Vaughn. IMHO they should bring back SVG.

  4. jerseyfinatic - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Jacque Vaughn is younger than three of the players the Manhattan Knicks traded for this month. LOL

  5. knightrider1755 - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Too bad he retired. He could be playing with the Knicks next season.

  6. dysraw1 - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    good luck dude we probably won’t know the deal until the mess is clear but a good coach works with what he has.

  7. alildusty - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    hire a guy with little experience and no expectations for a team that has no expectations.

    well played magic.

  8. blaksteele - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    I thought he was still on the bench on some team, Jerry Stackhouse-style.

  9. bparmalee - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    This just proves the saying “Those that can’t do teach.” Bad teams love hiring first time head coaches and then when the roster starts to turn around he will be dumped for a guy that can “take them to the next level.” Some where Stan Van has to be wondering exactly why he was let go.

  10. dsimp724 - Jul 28, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Does orlando have a problem with tall coaches?

  11. james2111 - Jul 28, 2012 at 1:37 PM


  12. james2111 - Jul 28, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Really? Didn’t see that one coming.

  13. raidmagic - Jul 28, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Noone like the Doc River hire either and he turned out to be a pretty good coach…

  14. lakerluver - Jul 28, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Why hasn’t B. Shaw been hired yet?!

    • raidmagic - Jul 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

      He must be a horrible interview

  15. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Jul 28, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Good luck Jock.

  16. magicbucs - Jul 28, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    There must be a reason shaw hasn’t got hired yet…. Agreed with the doc rivers hiring. He won coach of the year and made the playoffs with tmac and a bunch of scrubs as magic head coach.

  17. TIB - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Does Brian Shaw spray himself with team repellent before interviews? I know Phil did most of the work in LA, but you would think the rings alone would attract teams. I get the Lakers not hiring him as not to placate Kobe, and the Bobcats being the Bobcats, but at what point is it him? How many jobs openings does he need to interview for?

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