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It’s not been pretty in Orlando and the current front office inherited Magic coach Frank Vogel.
That is likely bad news for Vogel. According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, a “widely held assumption” in coaching circles is that Vogel will be fired at the end of the season.
The Magic performed some tricks at the beginning of the season, including an 8-4 and even blowing past LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Cleveland.
But injuries, inexperience and a lack of chemistry caused the wheels to come off by midseason, and the Magic will miss the playoffs for the sixth consecutive year.
Jeff Weltman was hired as president of basketball operations prior to the season, with Vogel already in place. GM’s usually want to bring in their own coach, and with the Magic struggling, Weltman will now have an excuse.
Vogel had a nice run with the Indiana Pacers of the Paul George, Roy Hibbert and David West era earlier this decade, but those teams couldn’t get past the Miami Heat. Apparently, Vogel won’t get past this season with the Magic.