Former Wichita East star Adrian Griffin could be one of the strong candidates to coach the Orlando Magic, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Orlando needs a replacement for Scott Skiles, who resigned on Thursday after one season.
“A former NBA player, Griffin, 41, worked as the Magic’s lead assistant coach under Scott Skiles. He’s highly regarded throughout the industry,” wrote Josh Robbins of the Sentinel when listing possible candidates.
Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said he is looking for a defensive-mind coach, which would seem to suit Griffin. He spent five seasons as an assistant with Chicago, working under coach Tom Thibodeau. Thibodeau, now at Minnesota, is regarded as one of the NBA’s top defensive coaches. Griffin also worked two seasons coaching in Milwaukee with Skiles.
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Griffin played nine season in the NBA with Boston, Dallas, Houston, Chicago and Seattle. He played at Seton Hall after earning All-State honors at East in 1991 and 1992, leading the Aces to a state championship as a senior.
The Sentinel also lists San Antonio assistants James Borrego and Ettore Messina, former Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek, former Indiana coach Frank Vogel, former Golden State coach Mark Jackson and Los Angeles Clippers assistant Mike Woodson as other possible options.