Friday's roundup: Magic welcome Skiles as coach

Associated Press

Orlando, Fla. — The next chapter in Orlando Magic basketball will be led by one of its most familiar faces.

General manager Rob Hennigan introduced former player Scott Skiles as the franchise's 12th coach Friday, beginning what they hope will be the turning point in their latest rebuilding project.

Skiles, 51, was a member of the Magic's inaugural team in 1989-90 and played point guard for five seasons in Orlando as part of his 10-year career. Before that, he starred at Michigan State.

Skiles replaces Jacque Vaughn, who was fired in February. After success in stops in Phoenix, Chicago and Milwaukee, the 13-year veteran NBA coach owns a 443-433 overall coaching record, his last season coming in 2012-13 with the Bucks.

His best season came with the Suns in 2000-01 (51-31).

But Skiles said he doesn't want to take too much credit for the successes he's had to this point.

"Because my ego's not that big," Skiles said. "You do that when you've got good people. People that work hard. Nobody's gonna convince me that in any walk of life, any profession you have that you can't outwork people. This is true. That's what we're out to do."

The Magic's front office was mostly mum during the coaching search, with Hennigan only acknowledging at the outset that they planned to interview interim coach James Borrego. Borrego led the Magic to a 10-20 record following Vaughn's dismissal.

But Henngian said it was clear that Magic wanted to find a veteran coach following three straight seasons of 25 or fewer wins under Vaughn, a first-time coach.

Hennigan said after sitting down with Skiles his philosophies on how to build and sustain a winning team made an impression on him.

"At the end of the day it became pretty apparent that Scott was a tremendous fit for us in a lot of ways," Hennigan said.

Though Skiles said he did enjoy returning to a team he has so much history with, it wasn't the only factor.

"The fact that I was gonna be here because Rob thought I was a basketball coach and not because I used to play for the Magic was very important to me," Skiles said.

"We found the right guy," Hennigan said. "We're completely enthused with Scott. We're excited about him. And I'll leave it at that. He's the guy for us."

Slam dunks

Two days after Golden State guard Klay Thompson got kneed in the head by Houston's Trevor Ariza, the Warriors said Thompson has a concussion and will not return to practice until he is symptom free.

The NBA Finals start Thursday against Cleveland. And while the Warriors are optimistic Thompson will be cleared before then, he must pass through the league's concussion protocol first.

... Rockets center Dwight Howard has been suspended without pay for one game after getting his fourth flagrant foul point in the postseason.

Howard will serve his suspension in the first game next season that he is physically able to play.


Golden State vs. Cleveland

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Thursday: at Golden State, 9 p.m.

Sunday, June 7: at Golden State, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, June 9: at Cleveland, 9 p.m.

Thursday, June 11: at Cleveland, 9 p.m.

x-Sunday, June 14: at Golden State, 8 p.m.

x-Tuesday, June 16: at Cleveland, 9 p.m.

x-Friday, June 19: at Golden State, 9 p.m.

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