Orlando Magic hire Scott Skiles as new coach

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando Magic have hired former player and MSU great Scott Skiles as their next head coach.

General manager Rob Hennigan announced the hiring Friday. The 51-year-old Skiles becomes the 12th coach in franchise history. He follows Jacque Vaughn, who was fired in February.

In a statement Hennigan lauded Skiles’s 13 years as an NBA head coach.

Skiles was a member of the Magic’s inaugural team in 1989-90 and played point guard for a total of five seasons in Orlando as part of his 10-year playing career.

He is 13-year veteran NBA coach, with stops in Phoenix, Chicago and Milwaukee. He owns a 443-433 overall coaching record, with his best season coming with the Suns in 2000-01 when they went 51-31.

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