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May 21

Magic fire Stan Van Gundy; part ways with Otis Smith

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Via Orlando Magic press release:

Orlando Magic Chief Executive Officer Alex Martins announced today that Stan Van Gundy has been relieved of his duties as head coach. In addition President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Otis Smith and the organization have mutually agreed to part ways.

“On behalf of the DeVos Family, we sincerely appreciate and thank Otis and Stan for all that they have done on and off the floor for the Orlando Magic,” said Martins. “These are the days you dread in this business, but we feel it’s time for new leadership and new voices.”

“They both brought die-hard dedication and an unmatched work ethic on a daily basis,” added Martins. “Their success is well documented, as the Orlando Magic has had the fourth best record in the NBA over the last five years, and entering the playoffs this year the third most playoff wins over that period of time. The disappointment of getting eliminated in the first round of the playoffs these past two seasons played a primary role in our decision, as we feel our momentum towards winning a championship has paused. We wish Otis and Stan all the best and we look forward to taking the next step towards winning that championship.”


Dwight better sign an extension with the Magic or this move is going to be absolutely idiotic. Goodbye SVG, I'll miss your brutal honestly.


I absolutely can not wait until SVG goes and coaches the Knicks or Clippers or whoever and wins a championship while we sit back and look like idiots.  Good luck Stan.  I'll be rooting for you to succeed against every team but us.