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Another day, more rumors Howard wants Van Gundy gone

Apr 4, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

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I’ve been slow to say there is a fire, but there sure is a lot of smoke.

Now there are more and more reports surfacing that Dwight Howard wants Stan Van Gundy gone at the end of the season, and in order to keep their star happy — and encourage him to sign an extension — he will get his way.

The latest is from David Pingalore at WKMG in Orlando (via Sekou Smith’s Hang Time Blog):

Pingalore’s sources confirmed the talk has been “amping” up in recent weeks. According to the sources, the probability of Van Gundy’s staff to be released from their final year of the contract is very high. The sources confirm that if Van Gundy and his staff are fired, the Magic will use the exclamation that they “just couldn’t win in a timely fashion.”

Pingalore’s Magic sources confirm that Howard continues to convey to team owners that he wants a change in the coaching staff.

Somebody in Orlando is clearly pushing this agenda. You can decide for yourself who might do that (who would benefit?) but this is all coming pretty hard from somewhere.

Van Gundy isn’t going to quit — the man wants to get paid the money on his deal next year. But that’s not my real questions here:

Who are the Magic going to get that is going to do a better job? What’s more, what coach is going to stand up to Howard like Van Gundy has if Howard’s wishes gets a coach pushed out the door?

Van Gundy shouldn’t be worried about work — television networks would line up to get him, as would teams who may be needing a coach from New York (Knicks) to Los Angeles (Clippers). He will have options because he is one of the better coaches in the game.

The Magic are in the same place now they were heading into the trade deadline and into the lockout last year — what they really need to do is make major changes to the roster, but that will be difficult to do. Changing (and blaming) a coach is easier. It’s just not the answer.

  1. jizzojames - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    If they do let him go, look for Larry Brown if they can convince him to come and sign a long term deal b/c it will take a while to fix that Magic roster, and the East is only getting stronger. If I were Otis Smith, I’d make a strong push towards Eric Gordon, and package a deal to get rid of Jameer, and JRich, for a legit “ball distributing” point guard who can also knock down shots, like Jose Calderon. Drastic roster moves always seem like long shots but if the Magic don’t make moves in a positive direction this off-season and next regular season the Dwight Howard era is officially OVER!!

    • jizzojames - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:13 PM

      After looking at that roster there’s only 1 other player worth keeping besides Dwight and that’s Ryan Anderson. Dwight might want to rethink his whole “new coaching” idea. SVG’s system is keeping them in play-off contention with a group of “NOBODIES’, just imagine what they could do with a decent roster.

  2. losangelasbasketball - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    I love basketball but I hate this side of it….NBA… where mutiny happens…
    It sets a bad precedence for the next generation… act like a whiny baby and get your coach fired… great.. anything else dwight?

  3. baron30 - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Stan Van should want to get out of the Orlando pit of despair…He is a great coach and deserves better than this perpetual D-Howard drama. Dwight is looking more and more like an overgrown child everyday that i read another story about where he wants to play/who he wants to play for. Bottom line is he is not a leader and probably will never win, as evidenced by the way his team quits and gives up on games more than any team i have ever seen

  4. cakemixa - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Inmates running the asylum?

  5. burnsy - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Other things that Pingalore’s “Magic sources” have confirmed this season: Dwight Howard was being traded to the Lakers, Dwight Howard was being traded to the Nets, the Magic were making a blockbuster deal at the trade deadline. Please don’t promote this guy’s shameless tabloid BS.

  6. dallascowboysfan101 - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    DAMN! Let me ask something different. What does D12 NOT WANT?! :)

  7. uhemi - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Honor your team, and honor your coach until your contract expires. Then get out if you so desire !

    • doctordunkenstein - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      isn’t that what LBJ did?

      • phaden27 - Apr 5, 2012 at 12:08 AM

        “Loyalty. Ha.” D-Wade.

  8. lakerluver - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Van Gundy may not be the second coming of Phil Jackson or Red Auerbach but he’s not the problem in Orlando. The problem is their star player is an immature prima donna! The Magic would be better off trading Howard for the best package they can get and just starting over.

  9. darealrandolph - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    i love Dwight Howard as a person and a player but i think he and the magic need a divorce maybe he need to go to a big market

  10. illegalblues - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Van Gundy is one of the better coaches in the league, I don’t think he’s worried about this situation. Dude will find work…and probably a better situation if he got canned.

  11. d214tx - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Looks like Dwight is running the show in Orlando..

  12. ezmagic - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Otis smith should of been fired after trading for Gilbert arenas and down grading every year since reaching the finals in 2009. Not the coach. Stan can only work with what is given to him. In 2009 the magic bench 6 thru 10 could of been starters or 6th men on most teams. Now well you see the team. I’m a true magic fan now and forever. It’s painful to see how Otis built and destroyed the magic roster in just 3 seasons. Fire OTIS!!

    • darealrandolph - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      i agree this coming from a true knicks fan but i think SVG will resign cuz he doesn’t want to be with this circus again also d12 will request a trade again weather to go to Brooklyn or Dallas in the off season to play with d-will. i blame the Orlando magic management and otis smith for destroying this team. deep down d12 wants to stay with the magic but looking at the roster he questioning himself including many people is this championship team and in reality they are not smh

      • drunkenjunk - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:44 PM

        As a Mavs fan, I don’t want to trade for him. Brooklyn can have him. I know he’s the best center in the league but, he acts like a child. I’d rather have Chandler back and some other good pieces for cheaper.

    • kinggw - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:46 PM

      What are you talking about? The Magic team that went to the Finals featured players like Anthony Johnson, Keith Bogans, Brian Cook, Courtney Lee, Pietrus and Gortat. Only Gortat is at the starter level and he obviously wasnt going to start in Orlando. As for the rest of that team you are complaining about, only Lee and Pietrus are rotational players. They wouldnt be sixth men on any team in the league. You say he should have been fired for dealing for Arenas. I guess you forgot who Arenas was traded for? Do you honestly believe the Magic would be any better with Lewis around? The Magic have plenty of problems, the least of which are the coach and the GM. While its easy to blame Otis Smith for demise of the Magic, the reality is that they were never that good. Turkoglu had an amazing playoff run in 09 and they rode it all the way to the Finals. That team wasnt built to make several championship runs. It was a one time chance and any objective Magic fan knows that.

  13. reupjosh - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Agreed! The fact that he’s not calling for Otis Smith’s head goes to show you poorly Howard can evaluate players and who he should be playing with. Van Gundy is a top coach, who doesn’t suck up to his “superstar.” Apparently, Howard needs a bunch of yes men and a lot of ego-stroking to make him happy.

    • darealrandolph - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      true but management is still at fault they need to open their eyes d12 didn’t sign long term now what makes them convince if he will sign long term later who knows maybe he pulls a trade request again in the summer or do a lebron route which leave the magic high and dry.

  14. jagwar73 - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Start the rumor now! Trade Dwight Howard for the number 1 pick in this years draft! Let Ish move up to backup Jameer and give Clark and Liggins more playing time. Big Baby, lose 20 lbs and go sit by Stan. We know what you can do (back up Dwight). You aren’t Ray Allen! Don’t shoot outside of 8 foot. Dwight, shoot at least 65% FTs please! I love Hedo but…. Jameer needs to take up jogging and drop a few pounds also and then attack and find the open man. Preferably Dwight under the basket or an open shooter. The whole team needs to speed up the tempo ala Mike D’Antoni.

  15. darealrandolph - Apr 4, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Dwight Howard will wear a Dallas Mavericks or a Brooklyn Nets in the off season because he request a trade when his team get bounce out in the first or second round book it ppl.

  16. hojo20 - Apr 4, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Pampers should pay D Howard to be its spokesman. The guy is such a baby.

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