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Stephen Curry career highlight reel? Stephen Curry career highlight reel (video)

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An average Stephen Curry game produces incredible highlights.

A video of the best plays of his career?

Thank you, NBA.

Other reported Magic coaching candidate: Frank Vogel, Patrick Ewing, Adrian Griffin, James Borrego

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 26:  Head Coach Frank Vogel of the Indiana Pacers shouts to an official in the first half of Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Toronto Raptors during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre on April 26, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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Jeff Hornacek isn’t the only known Magic coaching candidate.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com:

The other early candidates for the Magic include assistant Adrian Griffin; former assistant and interim head coach James Borrego, who was passed over in favor of Skiles and then joined Gregg Popovich as an assistant in San Antonio; former assistant coach Patrick Ewing, who was on Stan Van Gundy’s staff in Orlando; and Vogel.

Don’t be surprised if this list changes significantly. Scott Skiles just resigned. I’m not sure Orlando was prepared to conduct a coaching search.

Hornacek would be a nice hire, as I wrote earlier.

Vogel is the best coach mentioned, and he’d continue Skiles’ defense-first track with upgraded coaching creativity. It might even be ideal to go from the hard-driving Skiles to Vogel, because players would appreciate Vogel’s looseness by comparison. That won’t be the case everywhere for Vogel.

Ewing probably deserves a head-coaching opportunity at some point. I’m not sure this is it, but the Magic should make an effort to view him through a wider lens than their former big-man coach. He has more responsibilities in Charlotte.

I’m not sold on Borrego, but he served as the Magic’s interim coach after they fired Jacque Vaughn. If the team that saw him in this role up close wants him, that says something.

Report: Pacers strongly considering Jeff Hornacek, who’s also Magic coaching candidate

PHOENIX, AZ - NOVEMBER 18:  Head coach Jeff Hornacek of the Phoenix Suns reacts on the bench during the second half of the NBA game against the Chicago Bulls at Talking Stick Resort Arena on November 18, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Bulls defeated the Suns 103-97. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The early list of Pacers coaching candidates included Mike D’Antoni, Mark Jackson, Brian Shaw, Randy Wittman and Mike Woodson.

Another contender to replace Frank Vogel? Jeff Hornacek.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com:

The Pacers also are believed to be strongly considering former Suns coach Jeff Hornacek, who has emerged on the short list of early candidates for Orlando, according to two people in the coaching industry.

Hornacek did a nice job the previous two years with the Suns then just sort of fell all over himself this season. Feuding with Markieff Morris, not connecting with other players, strange lineups in response to a roster with too many similar players – the problems didn’t originate with Hornacek, but he didn’t overcome them. Hornacek could have done better this season, but falling short in particularly difficult circumstances doesn’t undo all his success the previous two years.

Either the Pacers or Magic would do well to hire Hornacek, who’s also a Rockets candidate. He could help liberate offenses that too often stagnate.

I’m not sure either team needed a restart, but Larry Bird forced one in Indiana and Scott Skiles forced one in Orlando. At this point, Hornacek would provide the breath of fresh air each team seeks.

Report: Scott Skiles was upset Magic didn’t pick up his option

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 22:  Scott Skiles of the Orlando Magic claps during the game against the Charlotte Hornets at Amway Center on January 22, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Scott Skiles stunningly resigned as Magic coach this morning.

He reportedly disagreed with general manager Rob Hennigan on multiple issues – including the coach’s contract.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

This makes sense. Everyone evaluates jobs on a sliding scale of how much they enjoy the work and the compensation. Maybe Skiles would’ve put up with more of Hennigan’s ideas if he had more job security. Maybe he would’ve accepted his option being declined if he and Hennigan were closer to the same page.

With neither the case, Skiles walked away.

Skiles got a four-year contract, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. It’s unclear how many of those years were guaranteed, but Skiles coached only one year of the deal.

Report: Zach LaVine joining USA Basketball select team

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 12:  BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge MVP Zach LaVine #8 of the Minnesota Timberwolves and the United States team holds up his trophy after defeating the World team during the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge 2016 at Air Canada Centre on February 12, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The list of known players on the USA Basketball select team is growing:

Add one more — Zach LaVine.

Jon Krawczynski

Another good choice.

LaVine suffered through a rocky rookie year in 2014-15, playing out of position at point guard. But that helped LaVine develop his playmaking skills, and he emerged the other side a more refined player. The dunk contest showed everyone his otherworldly athleticism. If he even nears the 44.3% 3-point shooting on 5.5 attempts per game he posted in March and April, watch out.

Just 21, LaVine could build on this experience helping to prepare the national team for the 2016 Olympics and make the senior squad himself one day.