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Orlando Magic hire Steve Clifford as head coach

Steve Clifford was there the last time the Orlando Magic were a playoff contender.

He's being asked to make them one again.

Clifford was announced Wednesday as the new coach of the Magic, a team that has missed the playoffs in each of the last six years. Clifford — who spent the last five seasons as coach of the Charlotte Hornets — was an assistant coach on Stan Van Gundy's Magic staff for five years, including during the team's most recent playoff run in 2012.

"I've had 18 great years in this league and I've enjoyed every year, but none more than the five years here," Clifford said.

Magic president Jeff Weltman said the team used a...

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