Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 11/20/14
Players and coaches from the San Antonio Spurs surrounded first-year head coach Jacque Vaughn with hugs and congratulations after the Magic beat the Spurs in the preseason meeting on Oct. 21. It was in the Spurs organization where Vaughn was given the opportunity to realize his coaching ability as he learned under mentor and friend, Gregg Popovich. Vaughn said the Spurs collective greeting after the game meant the world to him. On Friday, when the Orlando Magic open the regular season against the Denver Nuggets, Vaughn will yet again be reminded of another lasting relationship he has built on his way to becoming head coach. In 1993, Roy Williams came knocking on Vaughns door in Pasadena, Calif., hoping the young point guard would leave the sunny skies of California to come play for him at the University of Kansas. Vaughn had become a rising star and had college offers from many elite programs in the country, including the hometown college: UCLA. But it was Williams genuine care...
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