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Magic officially name Scott Skiles head coach

The 51-year-old is now in charge of his former club.

Scott Skiles
Scott Skiles
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The Orlando Magic officially named Scott Skiles their head coach on Friday, the team announced via a press release. Citing club policy, the team did not disclose terms of the contract.

"Scott clearly distinguished himself as a tremendous fit," said general manager Rob Hennigan. "Our young roster will benefit greatly from Scott's extensive head coaching experience and commitment to teach smart, physical, unselfish basketball. We believe in Scott's ability to establish a culture of winning habits and accountability that will help guide our team in a positive direction."

Skiles, 51, has 13 years of NBA coaching experience with the Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls, and Milwaukee Bucks. His regular-season record stands at 443-433 (.506). His teams are 18-24 (.429) in postseason play. He is regarded as a tough, defensive-minded coach who instills a culture of accountability. Perhaps due to his intense personality, he has never coached a single team for more than four full seasons.

Skiles replaces James Borrego, who guided Orlando to a 10-20 finish to the 2014/15 season after it dismissed Jacque Vaughn.

Skiles spent five of his 10 NBA playing seasons as Orlando's point guard, during which time he set the league's single-game assist record with 30 dimes. For a period he stood as the Magic's all-time assist leader, but Jameer Nelson broke that record in the 2012/13 season.

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