Orlando Magic coach Frank Vogel says development is still the name of the game entering his second year with the organization –admitting in a wide-ranging interview with the Orlando Sentinel that the Magic “did not have a good year” last season.
“We have much of the same team back and we’ve got to have a lot of improvement from within,” Vogel told Josh Robbins of the Sentinel. “This is our task as a coaching staff: to develop these guys. It’s going to take a lot of hard work and a lot of sacrifice. But I do think we have the ability.”
The Magic finished 29-53 last season and will likely bring out the same starting five that finished the year — Elfrid Payton, Evan Fournier, Terrence Ross, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic.
Not a bad lineup for sure. While there are no true blue All-Stars, there are indeed some reasons for hope.
“You just have to play to your strengths. You don’t have to try to be somebody else,” Vogel told Robbins. “But our team in particular really has to play with the pass and equal opportunity — everybody sharing the basketball. That’s how it’s got to be done.”
Perhaps the best news for the Magic is the Eastern Conference again appears wide open when it comes to the final four playoff spots. And the new front office of Jeff Weltman and John Hammond, again, have plenty of assets with which to work.
“The good thing is we have a big group returning, and the system is going to be very similar to the way we finished the year last year,” Vogel told Robbins.
The Magic coach also discussed the early regular-season start date, the addition of former Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman, and other aspects of the teams philosophy. You can read Robbins’ entire interview with Vogel here.