ORLANDO, Fla. It wasnt long ago when the Oklahoma City Thunder found themselves going through what the Orlando Magic are now.
As rough as things have been for the Magic, at least they didnt have to endure a 1-12 start that prompted a coaching change in 2008. Rob Hennigan, the Thunders newly appointed director of collegeinternational player personnel, could have been forgiven at the time for second-guessing his decision to leave a perennial championship contender in San Antonio for a franchise that had just relocated from Seattle and seemed light years away from relevancy.
But by the time the Magic were in the market for a new general manager last summer, Hennigan had worked his way up to becoming the right-hand man to Sam Presti, who shaped the Thunder from a 59-loss non-entity in 2008-09 into Western Conference champions in 2011-12. As far as the Magic were concerned, that made him the right man for the job, even at age 30.
And Scott Brooks, who was entrusted by Presti to ta...