Thursday , May , 24 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Brian Hill & Orlando Magic Part Ways-Again…

The Orlando Magic have once again parted ways with coach Brian Hill … Apparently, he wasn’t fired and was simply offered another position within the organization … Read why Hill may be better off as a lead assistant …. Click here …

You can’t always go home. Brian Hill proved this on Monday when he parted ways with the for the second time in a little over a decade.

The Magic handed Hill his first pink-slip in 1997. The players, led by Penny Hardaway, revolted.

Ten years later, there was no player revolt, but Hill’s squad lacked consistency and direction.

It was enough for the Magic to send the fiery coach packing.

Oh, I know. It wasn’t supposed to end this way. Two seasons ago, when he was brought back, Orlando admitted they were wrong to appease the players and fire Hill.

They apologized. They serenaded Hill at the press conference, playing Welcome Back, the theme song from the television show Welcome Back Kotter.

On paper, Hill seems like a great head coach. I live in Vancouver, Canada.  And I saw Hill up-close when he was the sideline boss for the Grizzlies.

He’s bright. He’s hardworking. He’s also competitive.

And that’s the problem. Hill’s so intense that he seems to rub the modern player the wrong way. This was also Eric Musselman’s undoing in .

I don’t know see this as Hill’s fault. It’s more a reflection on the current state of the NBA, where players rule the day.

Disciplinarians like coach Sam Mitchell are few-and-far between. And Mitchell’s mellowed the last few years.

Because of his passion, Hill’s destined to be a great lead assistant. After all, he was a great senior capo for Lawrence Frank in .

Other coaches have struggled as The Guy, but make great lead assistants. P.J. Carlisimo’s a great right hand for Gregg Popovich in . Del Harris is a great resource for Avery Johnson in . And Alvin Gentry keeps Mike D’Antoni loose with his sense of humor in .

Brian Hill will do exactly the same. He’ll bounce back as a lead assistant for another NBA team.

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