Magic coach Hill will reportedly not be fired

Updated: March 12, 2007, 7:12 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The Orlando Magic were one of the hottest team's in the league, but the key word is "were," and that has put coach Brian Hill on the hot seat.

Brian Hill
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Magic general manager Otis Smith gave his coach a vote of confidence on Sunday, however.

"We're not letting him go," Smith told the Orlando Sentinel. "I fully expect him to fulfill his contractual obligations."

The Magic jumped out of the gate quickly, putting together a 13-4 record, but Orlando has gone 16-31 since that time and now trails the New York Knicks by a half-game for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Still, Smith isn't ready to blame the coach.

"I don't think he's done a bad job," Smith told the Sentinel. "My coach has done a good job to this point. Our guys have just not played very good basketball."

With Dwight Howard emerging as a legitimate All-Star, the Magic had high hopes to make the playoffs for the first time since 2003. If they don't, Smith will look at everyone.

"I think we'll have to evaluate everything," he told the paper. "We don't make the playoffs, all of us will be evaluated."