Report: Malone Viewed as Favorite for Magic Coaching Vacancy

Bill DiFilippo@bflip33Contributor IIIJune 12, 2012

With all of the speculation regarding who will be the new head coach of the Orlando Magic, there now appears to be a frontrunner for the position.

According to Yannis Koutroupis of HOOPSWORLD, Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Malone is viewed as the favorite to land the job. This contrasts the report from Sports Illustrated from three days before that claimed former Magic player and current Pacers assistant Brian Shaw was the frontrunner for the position. Koutroupis also mentions current Magic assistant Steve Clifford as a possibility.

Malone has never been a head coach but has coaching experience as an assistant for Golden State, Cleveland and New Orleans.

Malone's father Brendan may be familiar to Magic fans: He is currently an assistant coach for the Magic and has been with the team as an assistant to former coach Stan Van Gundy since 2007. Also, he was the first head coach in Toronto Raptors history, leading them to a record of 21-61 in the franchise's first year.

While Malone is the apparent favorite now, there is no certainty that this will be the case once the team hires a general manager in the coming weeks. However, it should be noted that according to Koutroupis, Malone is the favorite among the front office regardless of who is named GM.

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