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Mark Price Hired as Player Development Coach

December 5th, 2011 at 11:31 AM
By Billy Bischof

The Orlando Magic have hired former NBA guard Mark Price as a special player development coach. Known for his all-time leading free-throw accuracy, Price will focus on helping the Magic players improve their shooting.

When asked to comment, Otis Smith said, "He'll work a lot with guys on their shooting. That's big for us. Hopefully, he can help Dwight with his free throws and get his free-throw percentages up."  

Price brings career numbers of 90.4 percent from the free-throw line and 40.2 percent from beyond the three-point line to a Magic team that showed some difficulty shooting from the line last year.

Stan Van Gundy said, "To be able to add someone like that, we thought, was a great opportunity for us. I was grateful that, at a time when a lot of people around the league are looking to cut their staffs, that our organization was willing to add somebody like that."

We'll see what Price is able to do for the Magic in the shortened training camp. Overall, Price bringing his dedication to teaching shooting techniques will surely be a welcomed addition in Orlando. The Magic's 71.4 percent from the free-throw line was easily the worst in the league, and have been an area of concern for a while. Although a small one, the addition of Price is certainly a step in the right direction to improving the overall performance of the Orlando Magic for the upcoming season.

Tags: Mark Price, NBA, Orlando, Orlando Magic, Otis Smith, Stan Van Gundy

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