Scott Skiles resigned as head coach of the Orlando Magic today.
“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,” Skiles said in a statement released by the team. “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.”
He continued, “I sincerely apologize for any unintended consequences that may adversely affect anyone associated with this decision. The Magic are a world-class organization that employs world-class people. I wish them nothing but great success. I will always be thankful, especially to the DeVos family, for the opportunity.”
The team posted a 35-47 record in the only year under Skiles, a former point guard for the Magic and several other NBA teams. Though it represented a 10-game improvement over last season, the Magic still missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year.