Thursday , Mar , 17 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Magic make Davis disappear

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – The Johnny Davis era is over in Orlando after
the Magic fired their head coach Thursday morning. The move comes on the heels
of Orlando’s season-high sixth straight loss.

General manager John Weisbrod also announced that assistant Chris Jent will
serve as head coach on an interim basis. In addition, the team also released
assistant coach Ron Ekker.

“We will continue to do everything possible to make this team better and feel
at this time that we need a new voice and direction,” Weisbrod said in a
release. “The organization is grateful to Johnny for his work and loyalty, and
I wish he and his family the best.”

The Magic are currently tied for the eighth and final playoff spot in the
Eastern Conference with the Philadelphia 76ers. Both teams are 31-33.

Davis was named the sixth head coach in franchise history on November 17, 2003
and finished with a 51-84 record. The former NBA player owns an overall head
coaching mark of 73-144, including one season with Philadelphia (1996-97).

Jent, meanwhile, joined the Magic as an assistant last summer. A member of
the 1993-94 NBA Champion Houston Rockets, Jent spent the 2003-04 season with
the 76ers as assistant coach/player development.

“In a relatively short period of time as part of our organization, Chris has
earned a great deal of respect,” said Weisbrod. “He brings a great work ethic,
excellent X’s and O’s knowledge, and has been a part of winning teams as a
player.”

Jent will make his debut Friday, March 18, against the Seattle SuperSonics.

ORL