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Old 07-28-12, 03:06 PM
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Vaughn to Orlando: Spurs saw this coming

When Jacque Vaughn came looking for a job post-playing career in 2010, the Spurs did not have an opening for an assistant coach. So Gregg Popovich created one.

That’s how highly Popovich thought of Vaughn, Tony Parker’s former backup. Even then, Popovich knew Vaughn would be but a short-term rental.

His coaching career apparently strapped to a rocket ship, Vaughn is set to be named the head coach of the Orlando Magic after just two seasons as an NBA assistant.

The Orlando Sentinel first reported Vaughn’s impending hire to replace Stan Van Gundy.

Magic general manager Rob Hennigan, also a former Spurs protege, is expected to announce the decision in a news conference Monday.

Vaughn, 37, played 12 NBA seasons, mostly as a backup point guard. He spent his final three seasons, from 2006 to 2009, playing under Popovich with the Spurs. A first-round pick of Utah in 1997, Vaughn played his first four seasons under legendary Jazz coach Jerry Sloan.
In a bit of a twist, Vaughn spent the 2002-03 season playing in Orlando, where he started a career-high 48 games.

Considered a bright up-and-comer in most basketball circles, Vaughn’s resume is admittedly light. His only head-coaching experience came earlier this month in Las Vegas, where he guided the Spurs’ summer league squad to a 2-2 record in four games.

When Popovich hired Vaughn two summers ago, he drew comparisons to Avery Johnson, another former Spurs point guard who went on to land an NBA head coaching job.

“Jacque Vaughn is a star,” Popovich said then. “You can see the same qualities in him that you saw in Avery.”

Vaughn becomes the second Spurs’ assistant to leave this offseason. Don Newman, a longtime Popovich aide, was hired as Randy Wittman’s lead assistant in Washington.

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Old 07-28-12, 04:20 PM
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I think vaughn will be a better coach than Johnson is
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Old 07-28-12, 05:16 PM
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i'm happy for him and i believe that Vaughn will be a good coach, but him agreeing to be a head coach in his first year for a diva franchise player? don't know how smart that is on his part. Dwight might bury his career before it even begins.
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Old 07-28-12, 08:05 PM
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Not smart at all... good luck to him!
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Old 07-29-12, 05:21 PM
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He played under pop and Jerry sloan I believe. Dwight will be gone soon , and he can build a young team
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Old 07-29-12, 07:13 PM
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Stopped by one of the magic's fan forums truebluenation and for the most part folks are happy with his hiring, they're resigned to the fact that they're going to be in rebuilding mode and hope he can relate better to young players than SVG could....

It was weird reading all the posts that were giving major props to the magic for beginning to follow the lead of the Spurs and Thunder in the 'right' way to run a franchise.

Hope he has a great run in Orlando with his only losses coming to the Spurs
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