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Feb 06

Jacque Vaughn failed to live up to his potential

AP Photo/Jason DeCrow When the Magic named Jacque Vaughn as their new head coach in July 2012, making him the NBA’s youngest head coach at the time (then 37), the hiring was met with a mix of skepticism and optimism. Not much was known about Vaughn from a coaching standpoint, aside from the fact that …

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May 23

In defense of Jacque Vaughn

Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports When the Orlando Magic extended the contract of coach Jacque Vaughn (and GM Rob Hennigan) through the 2015-16 season, the general consensus among Magic fans was that Vaughn was not deserving of his extension. Their reasoning was simple: he has not proven to be a good head coach. Even …

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Feb 28

HoopIdea: Putting the 4-pointer into practice

Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images The odd prospect of a 4-point shot in the NBA has many writers envisioning the scenario and wondering how teams would be affected. The whole story is gaining more traction than it ought: it’s tough to watch this video and say the NBA president of basketball operations (Rod …

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Dec 30

Staying ahead of the statistical revolution

Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images Though a rising tide ostensibly lifts all boats, the trend toward analytically-minded NBA head coaches has left Orlando Magic coach Jacque Vaughn adrift in the wake of public opinion. And it’s too bad, too, as Vaughn and the Magic were a year ahead of the curve. This past …

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Apr 03

Grades: San Antonio Spurs 98, Orlando Magic 84

AP Photo/Eric Gay   San Antonio Spurs 98 Final Recap | Box Score 84 Orlando Magic Nikola Vucevic 7-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 STL | 14 REB | 16 PTS | -3 Vucevic had a rather underwhelming first half. His midrange jumper wasn’t falling and he struggled to finish around the rim. But …

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Apr 13

The awards ballot

Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images With the regular season winding down and the postseason just a mere six days away, I figured I’d do what other writers have been doing lately — reveal my awards ballot. I know that I’m not a member of the Pro Basketball Writers Association, which means I …

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Mar 11

Friday’s Magic Word

Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “Among Stan Van Gundy’s memorable Monday of this week — when he infamously called out David Stern on the topic of officials’ treatment of Dwight Howard — he also gave a nice little jab to the Miami Heat. It was a day after the Heat’s crying incident, and Van …

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Mar 10

On beating the narrative

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images I sat down today intent on writing about the question on most of our lips as we watch the Magic these days: Which is the team we’re going to get? Is it the Heat-beaters with an attacking point guard and a dominant center and prolific role players, or is it …

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Feb 10

A steady descent for the Orlando Magic

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images It was January 9. The Orlando Magic just got done beating the Dallas Mavericks the night before to extend their winning streak to nine games — tying a franchise record. The Magic’s record was 25-12, third in the Eastern Conference, and they were within striking distance of the Miami Heat …

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Oct 29

Friday’s Magic Word

Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “Perhaps the most surprising element of the Orlando Magic’s 112-83 victory was the play of Mickael Pietrus; specifically, the fact that he didn’t play in the first half. Stan Van Gundy wanted to stick to a nine-man rotation, and that surprisingly left both Pietrus and Ryan Anderson on the …

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