It seems that Scott Skiles might be back in business.
The former Phoenix, Chicago and Milwaukee coach might be on his way to the Orlando Magic, according to Yahoo! Sports.
If the rumour though becomes reality, it could bring together a frosty relationship from the past.
Via Yahoo! Sports:
Skiles, 51, has been the preferred choice of Orlando ownership, which has been fond of him since his playing days with the Magic in the 1990s. Skiles fits the candidate profile that Hennigan privately outlined for the coaching search: a successful head-coaching résumé that includes strong emphasis on upgrading Orlando’s defense and accountability.
In head-coaching stops in Phoenix, Chicago and Milwaukee, Skiles developed a reputation for turning bad teams into competitive ones, and tightening porous defensive units. Nevertheless, Skiles also built a reputation for burning out teams and wearing out a path to his exit.
Skiles didn’t have a good relationship with Orlando forward Tobias Harris while they were together in Milwaukee. Harris is a restricted free agent this summer and could command a $12 million-$14 million annual salary on the market.
Orlando had interest in discussing its opening with Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, but the Magic haven’t wanted to offer draft compensation for the chance to acquire him. Chicago management has been waiting for a team to offer a draft pick to hire Thibodeau, but so far that hasn’t happened. The Bulls seem determined to hold on to Thibodeau until the league’s job vacancies fill, and a firing in Chicago would likely leave him out of coaching next season.
BARKLEY: SOMEONE HAS TO TURN THE LIGHTS OUT IN THE ATL
NBA legend and TNT analyst Charles Barkley believes that the Atlanta Hawks played their last home game of the season on Saturday.
The Hawks have dropped their first two home games in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by an inspired LeBron James.
And Barkley does not think that Atlanta will take a game in Ohio.
“I hate to be the bearer of bad news but the last one here has to turn the lights out,” Barkley said, according to local journalist Chris Vivlamore, who put it on his Twitter feed.
To make matters worse: three-point specialist Kyle Korver will miss the remainder of the Playoffs with a right ankle sprain.
So it’s up to the Hawks to respond now.
PISTONS HIRE SHOOTING COACH
So the Detroit Pistons have hired a shooting coach.
And nothing else.
The Detroit Pistons will expand their coaching staff by hiring a shooting coach for next season, head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy said.
The job will be as a full-time traveling assistant and Van Gundy said he hopes to have the specialized coach in place by early July.
Van Gundy said the new shooting coach will have no other responsibilities.