ESPN: SVG and Otis Smith Out in Orlando

The Orlando Magic have parted ways with head coach Stan Van Gundy and general manager Otis Smith, the team announced in a statement Monday afternoon.

Van Gundy had a 259-135 regular season record in five seasons with Orlando. The Magic made the playoffs all five seasons with Van Gundy at the helm including three Southeast Division titles and a 2009 Eastern Conference title.

Otis Smith had been general manager since 2006 and also added the title of president of basketball operations in 2010. During his tenure, Smith presided over the longest extended period of success in the franchise’s history.

Interesting, but not totally unexpected.  I believe that Mike Woodson will be the Knicks head coach next season, but if not, I would expect SVG to be in the mix.

I have said this before, but I like SVG as a coach.  Not only has he been successful, but he is willing to be outspoken when the time calls for it.  SVG was out of line when he called out Dwight Howard to the press, but without knowing the inner workings of that situation, I cannot give a definitive judgment on the situation.

There were reports last week that Mike D’Antoni would be interested in the Magic job – so perhaps that is where they will turn next.  The team is built to shoot, so maybe the D’Antoni circus act can work down in Orlando.