Orlando Magic Hire Scott Skiles to 4-Year Deal
The Orlando Magic finally found their guy to man the sidelines and they dug into the alumni barrel to make it happen. According to multiple reports, former Magic point guard Scott Skiles heads back to Orlando on a four-year deal.
The move was in the making for months, as numerous rumors linked the two sides. Skiles played for the Orlando Magic during his playing career and still holds the record for assists in a game (30). In addition, he’s found success as a head coach with both the Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks.
There’s no denying Skiles has the experience and production to be worthy of a head coaching gig, but the big question is if he truly is the right fit for the Magic.
Feud With Toboias
One key issue could be a supposedly lasting feud with Magic forward Tobias Harris, who he appeared to butt heads with when the two were in Milwaukee. Naturally, it will be interesting to see if Harris decides to stick in Orlando (he’s a free agent) or if he will embrace Skiles the second time around.
While Skiles and Tobias Harris reuniting is one storyline to watch, the big theme in Orlando figures to be working on their porous defense. The team is stacked with quality offensive talent with stars like Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Nikola Vucevic, but few of their best players are known as tough defenders, while the team’s defense as a whole has been severely lacking.
Known as a motivator and master defense strategist, Skiles has done well to get his teams to play tough, hard-nosed defense at every stop throughout his career. That should be his first mission now that he’s taken over the helm in Orlando, too.
If Skiles can keep Harris in town and help the Magic grow into a solid defensive team, the rest could take care of itself. That could mean, in time, the Magic slowly work their way back into the playoff mix, as well.
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