Magic to Announce New Erie BayHawks Head Coach Soon
The Orlando Magic are close to announcing the hiring of a head coach for the team’s new NBDL single-affiliate, the Erie BayHawks, according to John Dudley of the Erie Times-News. Below is a quote from BayHawks team president Matt Bresee.
“Right now, as I understand it, (the Magic) have a finalist and they’re in the process of going though the necessary background checks and other final steps that the NBA requires,” Bresee said.
This makes sense because you would hope Erie’s coaching staff would be finalized considering BayHawks player tryouts are occurring September 14th and the 21st.
Orlando and Erie are entering their first year of a D-League hybrid agreement in which the Magic organization is making the decisions on who will be part of the coaching staff, what player transactions occur between the Magic and BayHawks, and what type of basketball system will be put in place. Orlando has never had a strong affiliation with the D-League until now and this is an opportunity to develop their talent in whatever manner they choose.
Whoever the Magic name as head coach will be replacing Gene Cross who coached the team starting in 2012. Orlando didn’t keep Cross once the New York Knicks transferred over their D-League operations from Erie to Westchester County, New York. The BayHawks were 16-34 last season and have missed the past two playoffs.
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