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08:14 AM ET 08.02 | Considering all the moving parts involved, the exact details of the Orlando Magic's long-range plan remain unclear. But whatever path the team follows, it will bear the imprint of the San Antonio Spurs' model. This past offseason, the Magic hired two products of the Spurs' wildly prolific tree, and Magic executives have said publicly that they hope to replicate the Spurs' success. On June 20, the Magic hired Rob Hennigan as their new general manager. Hennigan started his post-college career as a Spurs intern in 2004 and spent a total of four seasons with the organization. ... On Saturday, the Magic hired Jacque Vaughn as their new coach. Vaughn spent the last three seasons of his playing career in San Antonio and spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach.

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August 2, 2012  08:48 AM ET

lol

August 2, 2012  08:48 AM ET
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It is any worse than another Dwight story?

August 2, 2012  08:51 AM ET

Are they going to teach the Magic how to tank a season so they can draft a once-in-a-generation talent? :)

August 2, 2012  08:57 AM ET
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Are they going to teach the Magic how to tank a season so they can draft a once-in-a-generation talent? :)

I was thinking the same thing. Tim Duncan stands alone in modern sports, not just for his skill, but his loyalty and dedication to his team.

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August 2, 2012  09:10 AM ET
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Are you SD's alter ?loltimmy is special- but loyalty and dedication is relative.Had the spurs management started making boneheaded moves....timmy would've been outta there. But because the spurs made SMART choices, timmy staying was in the best interest of HIM and his career....

agreed

August 2, 2012  09:11 AM ET

The Spurs model of success is also seen with OKC (Presti/Hennigan). The idea that you build your teams through the draft, with international players and with superstars that are committed to winning and willing to take fewer $$ to get there is something all small market teams should adopt. Trouble is, not as many organizations that are as smart as the Spurs.

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August 2, 2012  09:19 AM ET

Are the Magic signing Ganobili & Parker too?

August 2, 2012  09:24 AM ET

LA's Blueprint Produces Better Results, Bros.

August 2, 2012  09:27 AM ET
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LA's Blueprint Produces Better Results, Bros.

It does if you are a team that can afford to go over the lux-tax limit by $15mil or more each year. Not that I'm saying that's bad. LA is a big market team and should do as such.

August 2, 2012  09:30 AM ET
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Are you SD's alter ?loltimmy is special- but loyalty and dedication is relative.Had the spurs management started making boneheaded moves....timmy would've been outta there. But because the spurs made SMART choices, timmy staying was in the best interest of HIM and his career....

Yes, exactly. Without a competent FO that is dedicated to winning, any superstar would leave.

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August 2, 2012  09:57 AM ET
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The Spurs model of success is also seen with OKC (Presti/Hennigan). The idea that you build your teams through the draft, with international players and with superstars that are committed to winning and willing to take fewer $$ to get there is something all small market teams should adopt. Trouble is, not as many organizations that are as smart as the Spurs.

the problem with this is, that there are very few players that view loyalty over money. The majority will take an extra 10k and follow the money rather than take 10k less and stay in a city. Duncan and durant are the exception, not the rule..

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August 2, 2012  10:05 AM ET
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The Magic just hired a 38 year old rookie head coach. On the surface that seems questionable but the last time the Magic hired a 38 year old rookie with no head coaching experience he won Coach of the Year and went on to win an NBA championship within 10 years.

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