Thursday, May 31, 2007
It is flooding the airwaves. The Magic reportedly offered Billy Donovan a contract for 6 million/year and they EXPECT HIM TO SIGN!
ESPN News reporting it is a done deal. 6 years/36 million.
Great day to be a Magic fan
Edit: ESPN is now reporting he is still thinking it over. Something tells me this is going to be a huge 24 hours.
Another fan favorite for consideration is Rick Carlisle. Yes, his style of play really doesn't fit Otis' 'run and gun' technique...but the fact remains that he still is a great coach who is still relatively young. He also could help develop Dwight's game since he seemed to work wonders with Jermaine O'Neal. More than anything, like Stan the Man Rick Carlisle has been a great evaluator of talent over the years and would at least ensure we put the best product on the floor.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Well, the Magic finally did it. They contacted Billy Donovan to gauge his interest.
Posted by Jordan Geary at Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Stephen A Smith, the king of punctuating his sentences with "How-EVA"s, said on ESPN yesterday that the names he hears most often with the Orlando Magic open coaching position are Stan Van Gundy and Larry Brown.
Posted by Jordan Geary at Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Since my last post on Friday, the Magic announced they will interview one of my top choices for coach: the giant zombie creature known as Marc Iavaroni. For the most part, fans have been happy with this news as Iavaroni's name has been bounced around as a possible replacement since the speculation began that Hill might not return. The Grizzlies seemed poised to extend Iavaroni a contract offer, so the Magic needed to act fast before he was swept away. At the very least, the hope is that this will delay Marc's decision to go to Memphis, seeing as how most people figure us to be a more desirable coaching location.
"Magic blow huge lead, choke under pressure"
While the Magic have not contacted PJ yet, I think they most likely will get their chance to do so once the Spurs knock the Jazz out of the playoffs and proceed to the Finals. Gregg Popovich previously has used the gaps in playoff series to allow his assistants to interview for positions.
One one hand I would say that it is pretty good that the Magic are leaving no stone unturned in the coaching search, giving an experienced assistant a look. On the other hand I have to ask: What is the best way to recover from Brian Hill's unbending coaching style, 298-315 regular season record, and 18-22 post season record? Is it with PJ's unbending coaching style, 183-222 regular season record, a 3-9 postseason record? At first glance I would say no, and at second glance...yeah, still not really feeling it.
But that's just me, what is the voice of the fan saying on this fine day?
"I'd be willing to consider it, but at first glance, he doesn't really seem to fit into the mold we are looking for." -TheFalcon on MagicMadness.com
"I don't want PJ. I remember him as a slow down coach and have heard he's not very flexible ala Brian..." MagicFan32 on RealGM.com
"I'll choke Otis if we actually get PJ as head coach with Marc and SVG very viable options." -Adamosthegreek on MagicMadness.com
Ah well. It is a long coaching process and there are sure to be other candidates brought in. If Iavaroni signs with Memphis, Stan Van Gundy leaves for Hawaii to film a porn, Rick Carlisle decides to permanently abandon coaching to work 24 hours a day on parting his hair, we might be left with PJ. Even if that is the case, hopefully PJ's time in San Antonio has taught him something that could benefit the Magic.
Worst case scenario, PJ fails and we hire a new GM to deal with him:
Posted by Jordan Geary at Monday, May 28, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Brian Hill was dumped by the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, a move that most sports writers predicted and most fans hoped for. While Hill accomplished what he was put there to do, namely getting the team back to the playoffs and remind fans of 'the good old days', the fact remained that many people thought his substitutions made no sense and his offensive game plans were very basic and ineffective. Towards the end of the season, I was quite certain that Brian Hill had resorted to showing the players stuff that he had scrawled on a bar napkin the night before:
I think Stan, 'stache and all, would be a great choice to help our young players develop and would tailor the offense to its strengths.
On to my next preference, Marc Iavaroni. Marc is an ace at developing young talent and big men, something he did with Cleveland, Miami, and the Suns. If there was anyone available that would be a surefire help to Dwight Howard stepping up his game it would be him. He is a bit more of a question mark than Stan, primarily because he has already been interviewed by the Memphis Grizzlies and could accept a job with them any day now. To SVG's short, stout Mario, Iavaroni is the tall and lanky Luigi. He is 6'8'', balding, and the closest thing I could compare his looks to are a zombie.
There are also some other candidates out there:
Mr. "I don't care what you say, the game hasn't passed me by" Lenny Wilkins,
Mr. "Hairpiece of Hate" Mike Fratello
and of course Mr. "Those red finger marks on my neck are just going away" PJ Carlisimo.
It stands to be an exciting summer, and it's all just begun.
Posted by Jordan Geary at Friday, May 25, 2007