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Frank Vogel was brought to Orlando two years ago with hopes he could get the Magic back to the playoffs http://www.falconsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-calvin-ridley-jersey , and stop the spinning of the revolving door to their coaches’ office.
Neither of those things happened.
Vogel was fired by the Magic on Thursday about 10 hours after the team wrapped up a 25-57 season, its sixth consecutive losing year. Vogel, who had one year left on his contract, went 54-110 in his two years with Orlando.
The Magic haven’t been to the playoffs since Stan Van Gundy’s final season with the team in 2012. Vogel, who had some successful years coaching the Indiana Pacers before going to Orlando, simply didn’t have the roster to change that.
”I have nothing but the utmost respect for Frank Vogel as a coach and a person,” said Magic basketball operations president Jeff Weltman, who met with Vogel to deliver the news. ”I know he’ll be a head coach again shortly.”
Weltman didn’t give a timetable for finding a new coach.
”We just have to find that right guy,” he said.
Clearly, another season of struggle was not all Vogel’s fault. The Magic used 27 starting lineups this season, none for more than 11 games, 18 for three games or fewer. There was no continuity to the lineup, and only three players appeared in 70 games. In all, injuries and illness robbed the Magic of 227 player games this season – thwarting key parts of Vogel’s plan.
”It was very hard to evaluate it and I’m not sure we were able to get the complete look that we wanted to Cheap Saquon Barkley Jersey ,” Weltman said. ”But that’s sports. … I wish we were blessed with more health this season, but that’s not the way it panned out.”
Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic were the team’s three leading scorers; they combined to miss 74 games, and Gordon will now become a restricted free agent. Bismack Biyombo was the only Magic player to appear in all 82 games, and most of those were as a reserve. And while the season ended with a win, the irony is that the victory hurt Orlando’s draft-lottery chances.
Vogel’s status has been the source of some speculation for weeks. Weltman is part of a new front-office regime in Orlando, and it’s expected that the big changes next season won’t be limited to the coach.
”It comes with the territory,” Vucevic told the Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday before the season finale. ”When a team struggles, obviously the front office is going to look at what’s been working, what hasn’t, what can be done for the team to be improved. So there’s a lot of possibilities. I try not to think about it too much. I try to focus on what you can control, which is on the basketball court.”
The firing came even though Vogel saw signs the team was headed in the right direction. He spoke often about the culture he thought the Magic were building, and after the finale indicated he was excited to add another lottery pick to a team that he insisted had promise.
”They made the best of a tough situation by playing with great effort, positive energy Alex McGough Color Rush Jersey , enthusiasm, all throughout a difficult season,” Vogel said.
The next step in Orlando will now be someone else’s task.
Vogel was the second coach fired Thursday, with the New York Knicks dismissing Jeff Hornacek.
The Magic will have no shortage of coaching candidates. Jerry Stackhouse is likely to get at least a real chance at an NBA job this offseason, after two successful years leading Toronto’s G League affiliate. And he and Weltman have history; Weltman came to the Magic as president 11 months ago after serving as the No. 2 in command of basketball operations under Masai Ujiri with the Raptors.
This will be the Magic’s fifth coach in just more than three years. The replacement for Van Gundy was Jacque Vaughn, who was fired in February 2015. Vaughn was followed by interim coach James Borrego (now a San Antonio assistant), then Scott Skiles (who lasted one season), then Vogel.
The Magic weren’t good enough to win under any of them. The team’s best record since Van Gundy left was 35-47 in 2015-16, and no NBA team has won fewer games over the past six seasons than the Magic.
”We’re not good enough,” Weltman said. ”We have a lot of areas to improve upon.”
Associated Press freelancer Dick Scanlon in Orlando, Florida, contributed to this report.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Teams fighting one another to grab one of the final couple playoff spaces in the Western Conference face off in Honda Center as the Ducks host the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.
Anaheim (40-25-13) comes in off a physical 2-1 overtime victory versus the Kings in the final game of this year’s Freeway Faceoff.
John Gibson made 28 saves in the win, including two in the final minute of regulation to force overtime. He made two saves in OT as well http://www.ravensauthorizedshops.com/authentic-lamar-jackson-jersey , including fighting off a puck launched toward his head.
The Ducks went 9-4-1 in March, including a disappointing loss to Vancouver on Tuesday to conclude their Western Canada road trip.
Colorado (42-28- defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5-0 on Friday night. Semyon Varlamov and Jonathan Bernier combined to make 33 saves. The Avalanche, who went 8-4-3 in March, have 92 points and need four to double last season’s point total.
Varlamov is out for the season after suffering a lower-body injury with just over six minutes remaining after Tomas Jurco crashed into him Friday. Bernier, who has defeated Anaheim — his former team — twice this season, has played sparingly of late because of injury issues to include a concussion and an infected cut.
Bernier talked about the cut that sidelined him last week: “It wasn’t much, but a couple of days later it got infected, and I spent the weekend at the hospital. It was pretty bad, but lucky enough, I didn’t need a surgery, and I (am) back with the team quicker than we expected, I guess.”
Colorado will also be without top defenseman Erik Johnson, who has a fractured patella and will be out six weeks.
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Depth scoring matters for the Ducks. Nick Ritchie notched the first Ducks goal, tying the game in the second period. He deflected praise after the game.
“When we’re in the offensive zone, go to the net,” Ritchie said. “We did a good job of that as a team. We got rewarded once. There were a lot of close opportunities other than that one.”
Gibson is 31-18-7 with four shutouts. Since the All-Star break, he is 14-4-2 and leads the league in goals-against average (1.93) while having a top-three save percentage in that time (.938). He has started the last nine Ducks games, posting six wins and gaining one other point.
The Avalanche power play scored three goals versus Chicago. Anaheim is among the most penalized teams in the league, though of late the Ducks have showed discipline. They have been penalized two or fewer times in four of the last five games, and did not give up a power play chance to Los Angeles.
Colorado’s offense is led by Nathan MacKinnon with 93 points. Four Avalanche players have 50 or more points, including Mikko Rantanen (82), Gabriel Landeskog (5 and Tyson Barrie (55). MacKinnon, Rantanen and Barrie’s totals are career highs.
Landeskog played his 500th career game against Vegas on Monday. He is the first player of his draft year (2011) to reach the milestone. For Barrie, the Vegas game marked his 400th career appearance.
The Avs have scored more goals than all but three Western Conference teams. However http://www.chiefsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-armani-watts-jersey , Colorado’s offensive output varies greatly from game to game. Over the last 11 contests, they have scored four or more goals six times, but notched two or fewer in the other five games.
After Friday’s win, Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said: “I’m not going to judge our team on results only, because we had lots of chances against Philly, and we had lots against Vegas. Sometimes the puck doesn’t go in for you. Sometimes you miss the net on your chances. … Tonight, we had as many chances as against Philly, only tonight we put them (Chicago) away.
“All we can do is take care of what we control, and that’s our games and trying to put points up every night. At the end of it, the chips will land where they do, and we’ll either be in our we’re out.”
Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle was quick to focus on the upcoming Avalanche game after Friday’s win over the Kings.
“Now we’re going to play a team that won big tonight at home against Chicago,” Carlyle said. “We’re going to have to park these emotions and the satisfaction we got out of it and get ready for the next one because the next one is the real big one.”
After encountering Anaheim, the Avalanche head to Los Angeles for a back-to-back versus the Kings. The Ducks await the Minnesota Wild at home on Wednesday.