After numerous defeats and a weak performance in the 2011-2012 season, the Orlando Magic fired coach Stan Van Gundy and general manager Otis Smith on Monday. The team is struggling to regain their stability and hopefully win a championship.
The Orlando Magic’s past evolution hasn’t been as good as some might have expected. The team’s last season could only be described as dysfunctional because they scored 371 victories and 208 losses. In the past five years, the Magic has had only two appearances in the Eastern Conference finals and only five playoff competitions. Given these circumstances, fans think CEO Alex Martins was right to fire coach Stan Van Gundy and general manager Otis Smith because they could no longer make the team work.
Despite their recent misunderstandings, there was a time when the former coach and his players used to function as a perfect unit. Yet, Alex Martins could no longer neglect the growing need of change that his team displayed. His main priority at present is to find another coach and GM for the Orlando Magic. In addition, the CEO would like owner Richard DeVos, who is 86, to watch his team win a championship. As a consequence, Martins feels the responsibility of choosing a new coach for his team is very big. The players are equally stressed because they don’t know how this change is going to affect their careers.
Gundy, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to care that he has lost his job. As a matter of fact, he previously declared that he would be very happy if the CEO fired him because he would thus be able to spend more time with his family. Besides, he can always become a TV analyst whether the team agrees to pay for his remaining season or not.
There are numerous other plans that Martins has prepared for his team. One of them is to keep Howard as long as possible at the Magic. This is, according to the CEO,. the secret ingredient that will help the renewed Orlando team get the much-desired championship.