Stan Van Gundy, Otis Smith Both Parting Ways With Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic have announced that both Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith are out as head coach and general manager, respectively.
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Van Gundy was relieved of his duties today by Magic CEO Alex Martins -- a somewhat unsurprising development, considering that the coach had clashed all season with superstar big man Dwight Howard, to the point where Howard reportedly demanded his ouster. Van Gundy departs with a 371-208 career record as a head coach, including 259-135 in his five seasons in Orlando. He led the Magic to five postseason berths.
Smith was with the team for a decade -- after serving as director of player development for two seasons, he was promoted to assistant GM in 2005 and then GM in '06. He was promoted to president of basketball operations on July 28, 2010.
"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," Martins said in a statement. "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. 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."