On the day the
On Thursday night, in his home preseason debut, Vaughn radiated serenity.
Years from now, few people will remember that the
No yelling. Little play-calling. An occasional pat on the back when players exited the game.
"They say it's all about the delivery," Magic big man
At the start of each full-length timeout, Vaughn and assistant coaches James Borrego, Wes Unseld Jr. and Brett Gunning huddled about five yards in front of the Magic bench and spoke with each other. A short while later, Vaughn returned to the bench and brought his players together.
What did he say?
Tough to tell. Even at the far left end of the scorer's table, the side closest to the Magic's bench, observers couldn't hear Vaughn's voice at any point in the game. That's a distinct — but not necessarily more effective — contrast in style with his predecessor, Stan Van Gundy.
Van Gundy compiled a 259-135 regular-season record, and his .657 winning percentage ranks as the best in Magic franchise history. He excelled at anticipating opponents' plays even as opposing point guards crossed midcourt. He often would call out to his players in a raspy voice to alert them to what would happen, and he almost always was correct.
Thursday night's Magic team didn't play much differently from the squad that finished last season and without injured star
As Nicholson walked off the court early in the second quarter, Vaughn met Nicholson on the sideline, placed one hand on each of Nicholson's hips and spoke quietly.
Vaughn played 12
He took a steam, shaved, ate lunch and worked out.
Late in the afternoon, he walked onto the
If he felt nervous, he didn't look that way. He intermittently downed Halls cough drops.
Vaughn, a former point guard, expects to continue his hands-off approach during the regular season. When he played, he thought he performed best when coaches permitted him to run the offense.
It will be interesting to see if Vaughn will maintain the same demeanor during the regular season.
"I might complain a little bit about a few more calls for my guys, but my approach with my players won't change," Vaughn said. "I introduced myself to them with this demeanor and I don't see that changing. I think it's an effective way to approach guys and a respectable way to approach guys."
With 2:52 left in the fourth quarter, after Philly went ahead 95-91, Vaughn called a timeout.
He did it quietly.
It was difficult to envision him doing it any other way.