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Scott Brooks, Billy Donovan, and the top Magic stories of the week

Get caught up on the last week's worth of Magic happenings.

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Here's the week's Orlando Magic news at a glance.

  1. THANKS, BUT NO THANKS: Wherein I contend the Magic can do better than Scott Brooks as head coach, despite his gaudy win percentage. I may have overstated my opposition to his candidacy, but I nonetheless feel like Orlando needs a more creative offensive tactician.
  2. BILLYBALL: Brooks' former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, just replaced him with Billy Donovan. Good for OKC and good for the Magic. Without commenting on Donovan's credentials, the scarcity of available NBA coaching positions can only work to Orlando's advantage.
  3. LONG MAY HE REIGN: The Magic tacked two years onto the contract of Rob Hennigan, their general manager, Thursday. When word of a potential extension for Hennigan broke a month ago, Zach supported it.
  4. NO. 4 IN YOUR PROGRAM AND IN THE AWARDS VOTING: Hennigan made a bit of a gamble in the 2014 NBA Draft by trading for the rights to Elfrid Payton. So far it's paying off: Payton finished a respectable fourth in Rookie of the Year voting. Considering he went off the board 12th, that's an excellent finish.
  5. MORE ON PAYTON: Zach dishes on Payton and Luke Ridnour, the Magic's point guards, in the opening part of our player evaluation series. I can't speak for Zach, but I will say Payton delivered a lot more than I expected him to.

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