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Scott Skiles resigns as Orlando Magic coach

By The Sports Xchange
Scott Skiles resigns as Orlando Magic coach
Former Milwaukee Bucks Head Coach Scott Skiles. UPI/Terry Schmitt | License Photo

Scott Skiles gave the NBA coaching carousel an unexpected spin Thursday, abruptly resigning as head coach of the Orlando Magic.

"After much thought and careful consideration, I and I alone, have come to the conclusion that I am not the right head coach for this team," said Skiles in a statement issued by the Magic, "Therefore, effective immediately, I resign my position as head coach of the Orlando Magic. I realize this type of decision can cause much speculation. The reality though is in the first sentence. It is simple and true. Any other rumors are pure conjecture. I sincerely apologize for any unintended consequences that may adversely affect anyone associated with this decision."

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General manager Rob Hennigan hired Skiles in May 2015 after previous stints with the Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks. Orlando finished fifth in the Southeast Conference with a 35-47 record.

"While we understand it was a challenging season, we reluctantly have accepted Scott's (Skiles) resignation," said Hennigan. "We appreciate Scott instilling a culture of accountability and certainly wish him and his family well."

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Skiles, 52, had six playoff appearances in his previous 13 seasons as a head coach.

The Magic missed the playoffs but mad a 10-game improvement from the 2014-15 campaign, the fifth-largest increase season-over-season in franchise history.

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