Mike D'Antoni & The Magic?


Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel says he’s “hearing whispers that Mike D’Antoni would be very interested in a vacant Magic coaching job.”

Before anyone flips out, let’s go over a few things.

For one, current Head Coach Stan Van Gundy had not been fired yet.

Also, why wouldn’t D’Antoni, a coach who recently “resigned” be interested in this job? Why would he not be interested in any job?

D’Antoni has been the head coach of the Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks. In 10 years as a head man, he’s compiled a record of 388-339  (.533), has made the playoffs five times with a career playoff record of 26-29 (.473) and twice led the Suns to the conference finals (in 2005 and 2006).

D’Antoni resigned as Knicks coach on March 14. The Knicks were 18-24 at that time.

(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger, ESPN Florida’s Magic Insider (http://ESPNFlorida.com) and is the co-host of the ESPNFlorida.com Insiders Show Sunday mornings at 10:00 am EST. Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Facebook and follow him onTwitter to follow him daily. You can download the HTD app here)

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  • Glenn Liming

    Did any one get Dwight’s approval yet? Is there a short list of coaches that Dwight is willing to play with? Getting rid of Stan is not going to appease Dwight but it may make Stan a happy guy. I think Stan should submit his short list of demands for next season. At least there won’t be a lock out. I’m sure that was at the top of everyone’s list.

  • Howard the Dunk

    lol