Jacque Vaughn is generally composed and stoic on the sideline, his demeanor generally existing as the antithesis of former Magic coach, Stan Van Gundy. However, last night Jacque Vaughn was ejected after receiving two technical fouls in the the third quarter at the 4:47 mark. He was arguing a double technical foul called on Roy Hibbert and Kyle O’Quinn. After staying on the court to give referee David Jones a piece of his mind, Vaughn was eventually tossed. Vaughn only received two technical fouls during his career as a player and the two technicals he received last night were his first as a coach. Only Byron Scott has managed to avoid any technical fouls as a head coach during this season.
While composure is a very important quality in a coach, it is nice to see this kind of passion out of Jacque Vaughn. Nobody would accuse him of not caring about the Magic’s abysmal 18-50 record, but actually getting to see him fired up was actually really refreshing.
The Orlando Magic are currently holding the second-worst record in the league, barely beating out the Charlotte Bobcats. This isn’t exactly a surprise, considering the events that transpired during the off-season with the departure of Dwight Howard, but it is still a little deflating for fans that had become accustomed to rooting for their team in the post-season. A high position in the draft order seems imminent for the Magic, which is all a part of the plan for rebuilding a successful team. The development of young players like Maurice Harkless and the acquisition of the surprisingly capable Tobias Harris has continued to spark hope among Magic fans.
Jacque Vaughn getting tossed was a really great moment for Magic fans. Not because we are blood thirsty or starved for drama, but because we want to know that people on the inside of the organization are not satisfied with the status quo.