May 2, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy (center) draws up a play for point guard Jameer Nelson (not visible), small forward Hedo Turkoglu (15), power forward Glen Davis (11), shooting guard Jason Richardson (23) and power forward Ryan Anderson (33) during the third quarter of game three in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Amway Center. Indiana defeated Orlando 97-74. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

Orlando Magic Fire Coach Stan Van Gundy, GM Otis Smith


 

The Orlando Magic announced today that head coach Stan Van Gundy and General Manager Otis Smith have been relieved of their duties effective immediately. 

The Magic went 37-29 during the regular season under Van Gundy but were eliminated in 5 games by the Indiana Pacers in the playoffs. Franchise player Dwight Howard did not compete due to a recent back surgery.

During his 5-year tenure with Orlando, Van Gundy went 259-135 during the regular season and 31-28 in postseason games.  He took the Magic to the playoffs every single year and won the Eastern Conference championship in 2009.

“On behalf of the DeVos Family, we sincerely appreciate and thank Otis and Stan for all that they have done on and off the floor for the Orlando Magic,” said [Magic CEO Alex]Martins. “These are the days you dread in this business, but we feel it’s time for new leadership and new voices.

“They both brought die-hard dedication and an unmatched work ethic on a daily basis,” added Martins. “Their success is well documented, as the Orlando Magic has had the fourth best record in the NBA over the last five years, and entering the playoffs this year the third most playoff wins over that period of time. The disappointment of getting eliminated in the first round of the playoffs these past two seasons played a primary role in our decision, as we feel our momentum towards winning a championship has paused. We wish Otis and Stan all the best and we look forward to taking the next step towards winning that championship.” (NBA.com)

 

Christopher Walder is a sports blogger and lead editor for Sir Charles in Charge. You may follow him on Twitter @WalderSports

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