Jacque Vaughn doesn't want to talk about the Magic rebuilding

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The Orlando Magic's new coach doesn't want to use the 'R' word when talking about his new squad.

First-year Orlando Magic coach Jacque Vaughn refuses to use the word "rebuilding" when talking about his new squad.

Do you agree with the "rebuilding mode" philosophy that this team's going to have to get bad before it gets good?:

"The one thing that my players have not heard me say is that word that you just said. So, for me, those words won't come out of my mouth. We will continue to get better every day. Our expectations, as an organization, haven't changed. We want to be great, and that's my ideal going forward."

The biggest move the Magic made this offseason was trading disgruntled star center Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers.

After the four-team trade was all said and done, Orlando received guard Arron Afflalo and forward Al Harrington from Denver, forward Moe Harkless and center Nikola Vucevic from Philadelphia, and forward Josh McRoberts and guard Christian Eyenga from the Lakers.

To get all the players and coaches on board, Vaughn said, "You kind of have to debug some of the old ways and introduce guys into the ways that's going forward for us."

Vaughn, 37, was named the head coach on July 28. He replaced Stan Van Gundy, who compiled a 259-135 regular-season record with the Magic. Van Gundy was fired in May.

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