Orlando fires Van Gundy

The Orlando Magic fired Stan Van Gundy as head coach and parted ways with President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Otis Smith following a tumultuous 2011-2012 season.

After the Magic were eliminated by the Indiana Pacers in 5 games back in May, Van Gundy said that he wanted to return as coach.

He guided Orlando to the 2009 NBA Finals and posted a record of 259-135 (.657) during his time in Orlando. He previously coached the Miami Heat for two-plus seasons and now holds a career coaching record of 371-208 (.641). The Magic failed to advance out of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs in the last two seasons.

Van Gundy stood on shaky grounds for months as All-Star center Dwight Howard reportedly went to Magic ownership and management on multiple occasions seeking a coaching change. The Magic reportedly agreed to let Howard hand-pick his next coach and GM.

Smith played six seasons in the NBA before being named GM of the Magic in 2006. His major moves included drafting J.J. Redick, acquiring Rashard Lewis in a sign-and-trade, acquiring Ryan Anderson in a trade, trading away Hedo Turkoglu and then re-acquiring him, trading for Vince Carter and then trading him away, trading for and re-signing Jason Richardson and trading for and extending Glen Davis. Noli S. Cruz


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