With one former Bulls head coach beginning the next chapter of his career in Minnesota, another has brought his most-recent chapter to a startling end in Orlando.
Scott Skiles resigned from his post as the head coach of the Orlando Magic on Thursday, a move that surprised many considering he hadn't been on the job for a full year.
"After much thought and careful consideration, I and I alone have come to the conclusion that I am not the right head coach for this team," Skiles said in a statement released by the Magic. "Therefore, effective immediately, I resign my position as head coach of the Orlando Magic. I realize this type of decision can cause much speculation. The reality though is in the first sentence. It is simple and true. Any other rumors are pure conjecture.
"I sincerely apologize for any unintended consequences that may adversely affect anyone associated with this decision. The Magic are a world-class organization that employs world-class people. I wish them nothing but great success. I will always be thankful, especially to the DeVos family, for the opportunity."
The Magic missed the playoffs this season, but in his first season Skiles improved the team's win total by 10 from the previous campaign, finishing with 35 victories, the most since the franchise's last playoff apperance in 2012.
Skiles has spent parts of 14 seasons as an NBA head coach, including five with the Bulls, during which he posted a 165-172 record.
Check out the SportsTalk Live panel's discussion on Skiles' abrupt departure from the Magic in the video above.