Magic coach Jacque Vaughn blocking out reports about job security
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Magic coach Jacque Vaughn is blocking out any talk about his job security and remains focused on helping his team turnaround its recent string of losses.
Vaughn said Friday morning before Orlando’s practice that he is taking his third season as the Magic’s coach "day-by-day" and that his approach hasn’t changed despite a season-high, seven-game losing streak. The Magic have lost 13 of their last 15 overall and given up 100 or more points in 11 straight games.
The seven-game losing streak is Orlando’s second such skid of at least five games since the start of 2015.
"Day by day," Vaughn said when asked about his approach to the remainder of the season. "That’s what I do, I’ve always done. I do my job the best I can that day. I went home, I watched film — nothing changed. I got up this morning, met with my group, ready for practice and ready for a game."
Asked if reports that his job could be on the line affected the way he did his job, Vaughn said he is blocking everything out. That includes choruses of boos that could be heard during the Magic’s 115-100 home loss to Milwaukee on Thursday.
"Do my job every day, partner," he said. "I don’t abide by the tyranny of other people’s attitudes and moods. I’m ready to rock and roll."
Magic team officials picked up a fourth-year option on Vaughn’s contract this past offseason. That was followed up by a major offseason roster overhaul that brought in eight new faces, including first-round draft picks Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton, as well as free agent acquisition Channing Frye.
But preseason injuries and a slow start have sunk the Magic’s hopes of improving upon the first two seasons under Vaughn, which produced just 20 and 23 wins, respectively.
Second-year guard Victor Oladipo said Friday that he thinks his coach remains confident that things can improve. Oladipo said Vaughn hasn’t mentioned anything about his job status or security with the team.
"No, I mean I don’t think he’s really worried about that," Oladipo said. "I think he’s worried about us going out there an winning games, and worried about our team. That’s the biggest thing. We just gotta go out there and perform at a high level."
"We have no room for error right now. So we just gotta figure it out."
Orlando hosts Dallas Saturday night.