After having the league’s worst record last season, the Orlando Magic are 18-43 and are again near the bottom of the league this season.
Although head coach Jacque Vaughn says he is more worried about his players improvement than the team’s record, constant losing gets to every competitor.
Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe has the scoop.
“It tests your patience and your resolve,” Vaughn said of the losing. “At the end of the day the small efforts add up. It’s where you find your success. We want guys to get better. We want the right guys in the locker room. Part of this is figuring out the right guys to have in our locker room.”
When asked how his players remain motivated despite constant losing, Vaughn said, “The good thing is twice a month they receive something in their bank account and they’re professionals and the good thing is I’ll continue to push them. These guys want to be coached. And they want to be pushed to greatness and that’s what you tap into, and that’s what you push them toward each single day.”
Most pundits agree the Magic are rebuilding the right way – they’re acquiring young players and assets, but eventually, that has to turn into wins.