It has been a crazy season for head coaching jobs in the NBA. Some of the most highly regarded coaches have been fired from teams considered to be consistent playoff contenders. Tom Thibodeau, Scott Brooks, David Blatt are just a few of the casualties of the firing trend that has taken over the NBA.
Now the Orlando Magic can add their franchise to the list of teams in need of a new head coach. Magic general manager announced Thursday morning that head coach Scott Skiles has decided to resign as head coach of the team.
Scott Skiles has resigned as the Orlando Magic's coach.
— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) May 12, 2016
“After much thought and careful consideration, I and I alone, have come to the conclusion that I am not the right head coach for this team,” said Skiles. “Therefore, effective immediately, I resign my position as head coach of the Orlando Magic. I realize this type of decision can cause much speculation. The reality though is in the first sentence. It is simple and true. Any other rumors are pure conjecture.
“I sincerely apologize for any unintended consequences that may adversely affect anyone associated with this decision,” Skiles continued. “The Magic are a world-class organization that employs world-class people. I wish them nothing but great success. I will always be thankful, especially to the DeVos family, for the opportunity.”
It’s unsure if this is the true story or whether Skiles was pressured by the organization to resign, but it was his first season with the team and he had signed a four year deal just 13 months ago. The Magic had a subpar year, finishing with a 35-47 win-loss record, but it was still a 10-game improvement on last season.
While Skiles said very blatantly that the reason was solely because he felt he was not the right head coach for the team, we all cannot help but wonder if there is some underlying motivation for his resignation.