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Magic start coaching search with Griffin, Vogel possible options

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In the wake of the shocking resignation of former head coach Scott Skiles last week, the Orlando Magic are starting up a coaching search to find a replacement. On the forefront of their search is former interim head coach James Borrego, who is also talking with the Memphis Grizzlies, along with Jeff Hornacek and Frank Vogel.

However, the Chicago combine turned out another possibility for the Magic—the option of promoting current assistant Adrian Griffin to fill Skiles’ shoes.

The logic? There’s been a lot of turnaround for the Magic recently, with the staff just revolving last summer when the franchise hired Skiles.

This is a young team that hasn’t had much time to grow and mature together as a solid unit, and a completely new coach with a brand new style of thinking and playing might not be the friendliest option for this squad. Bringing Griffin up to the head coach position would create consistency for this team, keeping the move in-house and allowing for a continuation of the player development that started under Skiles.

Skiles’ decision to leave came as the final chapter of a long story of disagreements and discontent between the coach and general manager Rob Hennigan. The two approached the game in wildly different ways, and Skiles’ approach undermined the last four years of Hennigan’s work.

After one season, it became clear that the two would not be capable of coexisting in the Magic, and the franchise was forced to choose. In the end, Hennigan was the one who stayed, leaving the Magic to restart the coaching search they went through only last year.

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