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Jamahl Mosley appointed Orlando Magic head coach as longtime assistant takes first top role

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Jamahl Moseley has first full-time NBA head coaching role in Orlando
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Jamahl Mosley has agreed to become the new coach of the Orlando Magic, the team announced on Sunday, giving the long-time NBA assistant his first chance at running his own team.

Mosley becomes the 14th coach in Magic history. He replaces Steve Clifford, who left Orlando by mutual agreement after three seasons and two playoff appearances.

The 42-year-old Mosley has spent the last 15 years as an assistant in Denver, Cleveland and Dallas. The last seven seasons were with the Mavericks, and his name has been discussed as a candidate in coaching searches for some time.

Most recently, Mosley was with USA Basketball last week in Las Vegas as an assistant coach for the national Select Team - the group brought in to practice against the team that will represent the U.S. at the Tokyo Games. Mosley worked in Las Vegas under Miami coach Erik Spoelstra; they will now become division rivals in the NBA with Mosley taking over the Magic.

"We would like to welcome Jamahl and his family to the Magic family," said Jeff Weltman, president of basketball operations. "Within the NBA coaching community, Jamahl is considered a rising star. His coaching path is rooted in player development. He is a communicator and connector, and we look forward to him leading our group."

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Mosley will oversee a rebuilding project in Orlando. The Magic finished 21-51 this season, trading away Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier during the season to acquire young players and draft picks, and they hold two of the top eight picks in this year's draft.

Mosley's hiring gives the NBA 11 Black coaches out of 28 filled jobs right now, with Washington and New Orleans still vacant. Orlando is one of nine teams that has changed or will change coaches since the start of the 2020-21 season.

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He also is the fifth Black coach to be hired in recent weeks, joining Boston's Ime Udoka, Portland's Chauncey Billups, Dallas' Jason Kidd and Atlanta's Nate McMillan - who was promoted from his role as the Hawks' interim coach.

The Magic said they plan to introduce Mosley formally on Monday.

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