Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Scott Skiles’ best seasons as an NBA player came with the Orlando Magic. The former point guard will now try to restore the struggling franchise back to glory as its new head coach.
The Magic have announced the hiring of Skiles, a former head coach with Phoenix, Chicago and Milwaukee who’ll be returning to the bench following a two-year hiatus.
Skiles, whose 2,776 assists in a Magic uniform ranks second in club history, owns a 443-433 overall record in 13 seasons as an NBA head coach. The fiery 51-year-old’s most recent stop came with the Bucks and ended when he and the team mutually agreed to part ways 32 games into the 2012-13 campaign.
Skiles’ teams have earned postseason berths six times, reaching the conference semifinals with Phoenix in 1999-00 and Chicago in 2006-07. Milwaukee made the playoffs only once in five seasons under his direction, however.
Prior to taking over the Suns in 1999, Skiles also served as a player-coach with PAOK in the Greek Basketball League.