Archive for Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Magic GM, Van Gundy contemplate changes

June 12, 2007


— New Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy huddled Monday at his South Florida home with general manager Otis Smith, formulating plans to hire a staff and move forward with revamping his roster through the upcoming draft, potential trades and next month's free-agency period.

Van Gundy spent the weekend contacting many of the current players by phone, introducing himself while soliciting their ideas and input.

Van Gundy will begin interviewing the current assistant coaches this week in Orlando before deciding if any of them will join him for the coming season. All of the current assistants from Brian Hill's staff have a year left on contracts.

"I like what I heard from coach (Van Gundy)," said Magic guard J.J. Redick, who was at the RDV Sportplex doing a promotion with NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Jeff Burton. "He told me he wanted offense. He wanted shooters on the floor. I told him all I want this season is an opportunity."

Redick and Burton played a promotional game of H-O-R-S-E, trying to drum up support for next month's race at the Daytona International Speedway.


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