Magic's Coach Davis fired

Head coach Johnny Davis is fired after leading the team to a 31-33 record this season.In the midst of a six-game losing streak, the Orlando Magic decided it was time for a shake-up.

Coach Johnny Davis was fired Thursday, with the Magic moving closer to falling out of playoff contention. Assistant Chris Jent was named interim coach.

Davis was dismissed along with assistant coach Ron Ekker hours after Wednesday night’s 110-102 road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, dropping the Magic to 31-33 and leaving them tied with Philadelphia for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Davis told the Orlando Sentinel he was “surprised and disappointed” by being fired with just 18 games left in the season and the club still trying to make the playoffs.

“It caught me completely off guard,” Davis said.

Davis was hired Nov. 17, 2003, replacing Doc Rivers when the team was 1-10 and on its way to losing 19 straight. Later in the season under Davis, the team lost 13 straight, including an NBA-record seven straight by at least 15 points, and finished 21-61.

In the off-season, the team traded all-star forward Tracy McGrady to Houston. Orlando showed improvement before its recent slump.

Davis’ overall record with the Magic was 51-84. He also coached Philadelphia in 1996-97, going 22-60 there.

Orlando is the seventh team to make a coaching change this season, following Memphis, New York, Denver, the Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota and Portland.

From Sportsnet

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