Former Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Jamahl Mosley was hired by the Orlando Magic as the team’s new head coach on Sunday morning.
Mosley emerged as the front-runner candidate for the position on Thursday, but it wasn’t until Sunday morning that the 42-year-old coach agreed to a four-year deal with the Magic to help guide the franchise through a rebuild.
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Mosley opened up to head coaching jobs after the Mavericks passed on him to hire Jason Kidd. His role within the Mavericks organization has notably included his close connection to players over the past seven years. The most publicized relationship is one with All-NBA guard Luka Doncic, who, during the season, offered high praise of Mosley after a win over the New York Knicks.
“He’s got the things needed for a head coach,” Doncic said.
Aside from the Magic job, Mosley had emerged as a finalist for the head coaching position with the Washington Wizards. During the past two years, Mosley became a serious candidate for head coaching positions around the league. And early on in the Mavericks coaching search, it was believed that he was a strong candidate due to his relationship with Doncic.
Prior to his seven years under Rick Carlisle, Mosley also worked for the Cleveland Cavaliers (2010-14) and Denver Nuggets (2005-10). Mosley’s coaching philosophy is shaped by two distinct Hall of Fame coaches in George Karl and Carlisle.
He brings that wealth of experience to Orlando as he aims to shape and mold this roster to the way he’d like them to play.
With young and talented players like Markelle Fultz, Jonathan Isaac, Cole Anthony, and R.J. Hampton, finding a coach that connects to the players was Orlando’s primary concern. The organization has that in Mosley.
He’s paid his dues, now Mosley has the opportunity to shine in the NBA – specifically in Orlando.
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