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Magic deny report Howard can decide fate of coach, GM

Mar 13, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

Dwight Howard Stan Van Gundy Getty Images

It’s nothing new for a star player to have sway over who gets chosen as coach or in the front office. Magic Johnson pushed Paul Westhead out to door after they had won a title, and the Clippers were rumored to make that pitch to LeBron James a couple of years ago (but I’m sure Vinny Del Negro would have been LeBron’s first choice… yea, right).

So it was not inconceivable when ESPN reported that Howard was told he could decide the fate of coach Stan Van Gundy and GM Otis Smith if he stayed with the Magic.

However, the Magic quickly have come back and shot that down, as reported in the Orlando Sentinel.

Magic officials released a statement from Chief Executive Officer Alex Martins that read: “The only person(s) who have the final say on coaches and management is the Orlando Magic ownership.”

You can choose which side to believe. But the fact of the matter is it is much harder to come by one of the handful of genuine franchise players in the NBA than it is a good coach or GM. Simple rules of supply and demand.

  1. myktuggle - Mar 13, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Lets offer this disgruntled player the world so maybe he won’t break up with us. Just ridiculous. This obviously looks bad because it was leaked NOT because it’s true! Its happened before in Cleveland. That player “still took his talents to South Beach.” Good luck with that Orlando.

  2. jumbossportsblog - Mar 13, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog and commented:
    What an odd way to try to keep Howard.

  3. narlo00 - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    And the wheels are finally coming off.. Took a little longer then expected.. And go ahead and A) keep him and then him walk for nothing, setting back your franchise for years or B) take the horrible package that the nets have to offer (look at what Lopez and those fillers have accomplished in new jersey). Put your stupid pride aside and trade him to LA and take back the second best center in the league in Bynum. Having the second best is better then having nothing.

  4. juanandonly24 - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Otis Smith should be fired anywas

  5. juanandonly24 - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Otis Smith should be fired anyways

  6. myktuggle - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Bynum is untouchable in LA. They are NOT willing to trade him even for D12

    • raidmagic - Mar 13, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!! You go right on thinking that!! I bet LA answers the phone with YES!!!! Everytime it rings just in case it’s Orlando willing to make that trade.

    • narlo00 - Mar 13, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      with the way things are going.. you’re probably right.. and that’s the new course management has taken and it very well could be the downfall.. if orlando called and said bynum and fillers for howard and LA said no, i’ll be the first to jump off a bridge.. everytime bynum jumps, i cringe hoping he lands safely.. although now odom is out of LA, bynum shouldn’t get hurt anymore.. seems like he always landed on mr. kardashian

  7. loungefly74 - Mar 13, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    this is getting ugly. it’s “2010 Cleveland” all over again.

  8. goforthanddie - Mar 13, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    If this turns out to be true, I would be very negative on ever working for that organization in any capacity.

  9. lakerluver - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    This is utterly ridiculous!! Albeit a great player we’re not talking about Kareem leaving Milwaukee. Or even Shaq leaving Orlando. Dwight is NOT on their level!!

  10. imaduffer - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Send Howard to Sacramento and don’t ask for anything in return.

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