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NBA Rumors: Orlando Magic Ownership Favors Brian Shaw in Coaching Search, According to Report

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The Orlando Magic have yet to formally begin their search for a new head coach following Stan Van Gundy's dismissal on Monday, and team CEO Alex Martins said he would hire a new general manager before looking for a coach. However, according to Peter Vecsey of the New York Post, Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw is "the preference" of the DeVos family, which owns the Magic. Shaw, who has no head-coaching experience, played three seasons of his 14-year NBA career with the Magic and his name has come up in Orlando rumors before.

Prior to joining the Pacers, Shaw served as an assistant coach to Phil Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers for seven seasons. He left the organization when it elected to hire Mike Brown rather than promoting him upon Jackson's retirement.

Shaw's Pacers are still alive in the playoffs, trailing the Miami Heat, 3-2, in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. When asked Tuesday about other teams' rumored interest in him as a coaching candidate, the Oakland native said, "I'm not going to get caught up in it."

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