It didn't take long for ESPN NBA analyst George Karl, who has 25 seasons of experience as an NBA coach, to express an interest in returning to coaching, perhaps with the Orlando Magic.
"Love and miss the NBA rodeo!" Karl wrote via a Twitter message Friday afternoon. "Its [sic] no secret I would love the opportunity to coach one more time.
"Love the skills and speed of the Magic and the great young players throughout the league!" he concluded.
Prior to posting that message, Karl retweeted a manipulated image showing him in a Magic huddle alongside Tobias Harris and Channing Frye.
The Magic opened a coaching vacancy Thursday when they dismissed Jacque Vaughn. The team installed James Borrego as its interim head coach, with general manager Rob Hennigan saying Borrego would hold down the job on a "day-to-day" basis. Based on Hennigan's comments and the fact that the Magic also let three of Vaughn's assistants go, it seems clear that the team would like to hire an experienced head man sooner rather than later.
Karl, 63, owns a lifetime 1131-756 record (.599) as an NBA coach. He guided the Seattle SuperSonics to an NBA Finals appearance in 1996, and earned Coach of the Year honors in 2013 after leading the Denver Nuggets to a 57-25 record. Denver dismissed him following that season.