Though the Magic might not have wanted to keep Scott Skiles long-term, his resignation yesterday truly seems like his decision. All accounts suggest this wasn’t the team firing him and framing it in a kinder way. Skiles walked way.
But not everyone in Orlando was sad to see him go.
Within the Magic organization on Thursday, there were some officials livid with Skiles for abruptly resigning his job one season into a four-year contract. Some guys really went to bat for him to get the job here, a source there told me today. Others in the Magic hierarchy, they were relieved Skiles was gone. Every day was a battle with him. He was more intrigued with the roster when he signed his contract than once he started coaching the team.
There were surely other fissures in an organization that appeared to be fractured.
The question now: Is it still fractured?
A mixed reaction to Skiles’ departure shows one issue where remaining members of the organization differ.
Disagreement can be productive, and Hennigan said he thought his debates with Skiles were healthy. Skiles clearly felt otherwise. (Hennigan might also feel otherwise, but he said what he said.)
So, there’s nothing inherently wrong with different people within the organization reacting differently to yesterday’s news. At best, they’ll come together, discuss what they liked and disliked about Skiles and gain perspective to use when hiring a new coach.
But at worst, this is a sign of deeper philosophical differences that will undermine progress.