The Orlando Magic dismissed Frank Vogel on Thursday after the Magic’s regular season finale against Washington, ending his two year and 54-110 stint with the franchise.
It’s true Frank Vogel was not given the roster, nor the injury luck that he needed to succeed, but looking back at Vogel’s tenure and looking for culpability will do the Magic fans and front office little, to no good.
“I hate to say it and I know what (the fans) have endured and I just got here, but if you gotta take your medicine, you gotta take your medicine,” Weltman said. “You can’t short-cut it. We need to keep building this at the right pace. We’re not good enough. We need to add talent. It’s a hard transition to make to go from bad to good. There’s a lot of heavy-lifting involved.”
To make matters worse, the Magic decreased their lottery odds by 14% with their victory on the final night of the regular season over the Washington Wizards.
The 101-92 win over the Wizards and much of their playoff rotation (with the exception of Wall/Porter), was clinched despite Vogel’s decision to sit Aaron Gordon, D.J. Augustin, Bismack Biyombo and Nikola Vucevic in the second half. They joined Jonathon Isaac and Evan Fournier in that capacity. Still the Magic held the Wizards to 5-25 from the field in the fourth quarter, which thereby dropped their odds of a top three pick from 43% to 29%.
So now the Magic are without a successful NBA coach, and have in all likelihood begin having conversations behind closed doors of who will succeed the carousel of Jacque Vaughn, Scott Skiles and Frank Vogel. It’s hard to believe many high profile coaches will seek to follow in their footsteps. Some names to be mentioned: Jerry Stackhouse, David Fizdale, Nick Nurse, David Blatt, Jason Kidd and Darrell Armstrong, among others.
However, the Magic may seek to wait until May 15th when they’ll have a better idea of their lottery odds, as well as the freedom to speak with playoff assistants (Nurse) at length.
Join Aaron Goldstone (@aarongoldstone), Will Ogburn (@geauxsohard), as we discuss all of this, as well as the Magic’s upcoming decisions on Aaron Gordon, Shelvin Mack, and much more!