The Magic have officially hired Mavericks assistant Jamahl Mosley as their next head coach.
Mosley replaces Steve Clifford, who parted ways with Orlando on June 5. The news of Mosley’s hire was first reported by The Athletic‘s Shams Charania.
The 42-year-old Mosley has been with the Mavericks for the past seven seasons, and most recently served as Dallas’s associate head coach under Rick Carlisle. Prior to his time with the Mavericks, Mosley was an assistant in Denver (2005-2010) and in Cleveland (2010-2014).
Mosley played collegiately at Colorado, where he scored 1,000 career points, before a brief international playing career.
In taking the Orlando job, he is inheriting a franchise in the midst of a rebuild. The Magic went 21–51 last season, finishing with the league’s third-worst record.
They have two lottery picks later this July, including the fifth pick, and have a number of former first-round picks on their roster, including Cole Anthony, Chuma Okeke, Mo Bamba and Wendell Carter Jr.
The Magic are also expected to have Markelle Fultz and Jonathan Isaac back next season after each former lottery pick suffered a season-ending injury in January.
Instant Reactions to Orlando Magic Hiring Jamahl Mosley as Head Coach
ORLANDO — The Orlando Magic completed one of the most important aspects of their offseason checklist on Sunday when they officially announced that Jamahl Mosley would become the 15th head coach in franchise history.
Although this stint will be his first as an NBA head coach, he comes to Orlando with plenty of experience in the league. Mosley has spent 14 seasons in the association as an assistant coach, most recently with the Dallas Mavericks for the past seven campaigns. Prior to that, he made stops in Cleveland (2010-14) and Denver (2007-10).
Before being elevated to an assistant coach with the Nuggets, Mosley worked for the team in a player development role (2005-07). His time there overlapped with current Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman, who served as Denver’s assistant general manager from 2001-06.
Arriving to Orlando with a coaching path rooted in player development and a reputation as a great communicator and competitor, Mosley’s resume makes him an ideal fit for a young Magic roster with much of their young core at or under 23 years of age.
By the instant reaction to his hire, it’s clear that Mosley has made an immense impact on players he’s mentored, coaches he’s served under and others who’ve spent time around him.
Take a look at some of the Twitter chatter surrounding the news that Mosley had taken the reigns as the head coach of the Magic:
One of the best assistants I worked with in my 17 years!!!! https://t.co/RS7VJDLSk1
— Richard Jefferson (@Rjeff24) July 8, 2021
Yessir!! Perfect fit too!! https://t.co/hCB2QBUMMg
— Andre Roberson (@FlyDre21) July 8, 2021
Love this!! https://t.co/rsMCxAbwej
— JJ Redick (@jj_redick) July 11, 2021
Congrats my guy https://t.co/IJLhUY4ohJ
— Luka Doncic (@luka7doncic) July 11, 2021
— Jalen Brunson (@jalenbrunson1) July 11, 2021
If this is true this is amazing. So happy for him. One of the best dudes out there and someone that changed my basketball life. https://t.co/OCceKdxdRZ
— James White (@Flight8) July 11, 2021
— Baron Davis (@BaronDavis) July 11, 2021
ready to work! https://t.co/W5igJbDAOh
— RJ (@RjHampton14) July 11, 2021
This makes me very happy!!@CUBuffsMBB https://t.co/eOO7hHUI3i
— George Karl (@CoachKarl22) July 8, 2021
Jamahl Mosley is a great communicator and teacher.
He’s got a lot of passion, he’s honest and demanding. He’s Old School with New School techniques!
Comps are Duane Casey and Monty Williams! https://t.co/mYRaA2ED6z
— George Karl (@CoachKarl22) July 9, 2021
I’m excited to see how young studs in Orlando, like my UNC guy @The_ColeAnthony, grow with Coach Jamahl Mosley!
Coach is an elite teacher, communicator and worker.
— George Karl (@CoachKarl22) July 9, 2021
Shot out to Jamahl Mosley who is finally landing his first job as a head coach in the NBA with the Orlando Magic after paying his dues for FOURTEEN years as an assistant coach & working in the league since 2005. Ex-Nuggets, Cavs & Mavs assistant paid enough dues for two coaches.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) July 9, 2021
The Magic got it right pic.twitter.com/ybiwCnxCUN
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 11, 2021
Not sure who is second, but Mosley vaults to the top of the list of head coaches you’d least want to fight. He stays in phenomenal shape by doing MMA training.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 11, 2021
Shout out to former Titans and Giants player Jamahl Mosley who will reportedly be named the new head coach of the @OrlandoMagic
He’ll have two #NBLxNBA connections at his disposal in RJ Hampton + James Ennis pic.twitter.com/2sS8SHmb1V
— The NBL (@NBL) July 10, 2021
— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) July 11, 2021