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Twitter reacts to Steve Clifford parting ways with the Orlando Magic

As always, the tweets speak for themselves

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What was expected to be a quiet June day in the world of the Orlando Magic turned out to be anything but.

Steve Clifford, after three seasons as coach of the Magic, parted ways with the organization on Saturday.

While not completely unexpected - given the Magic’s rebuild, Clifford’s contract situation, the Magic’s need for player development, and Clifford’s penchant for playing vets - it was still somewhat surprising.

Clifford guided the Magic to the postseason in his first two seasons as coach, ending a seven-year post-Dwight drought. He held players accountable, played those he felt gave the Magic the best chance to win, and refused to celebrate moral victory or empty stats. He also overplayed certain players (turning a blind eye to the high volume of ill-advised shots attempted by Michael Carter-Williams and Dwayne Bacon), while underplaying others (not allowing Mo Bamba to play through mistakes until he was left with no choice with Khem Birch out of the picture).

As a result, Magic Twitter was mixed on the news of Clifford’s departure. Some were disappointed to see him go, many thanked him for his contributions, others were excited for a fresh start, quite a few mentioned the name Penny Hardaway.

Regardless of how you feel, we are all appreciative of what Clifford brought to the Magic and wish him nothing but the best as he hopefully gets an opportunity with a winning team.

Here are some of the top Steve Clifford-related tweets we came across....

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