Magic head coach Skiles resigns

Reuters/The Sports Xchange

Posted at May 13 2016 05:15 PM

Former Orlando Magic coach Scott Skiles. Photo by Reuters

Scott Skiles gave the NBA coaching carousel an unexpected spin on Thursday, abruptly resigning as head coach of the Orlando Magic after one season.

"After much thought and careful consideration, I and I alone, have come to the conclusion that I am not the right head coach for this team," said Skiles in a statement issued by the Magic.

"Therefore, effective immediately, I resign my position as head coach of the Orlando Magic.

General manager Rob Hennigan hired Skiles in May 2015 after his previous stints coaching the Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks.

Orlando finished fifth in the Southeast Conference with a 35-47 record.

"While we understand it was a challenging season, we reluctantly have accepted Scott's (Skiles) resignation," said Hennigan. "We appreciate Scott instilling a culture of accountability and certainly wish him and his family well."

Skiles, 52, had six playoff appearances in his previous 13 seasons as a head coach.

The Magic missed the playoffs but made a 10-game improvement from the 2014-15 campaign. (Editing by Larry Fine)

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