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For now there is détente in Orlando, at least through playoffs

Apr 6, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

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It looks like everyone is going to have to deal with each other through the end of the season in Orlando. But you can bet changes are coming this summer.

Thursday coach Stan Van Gundy said Dwight Howard had gone to management and asked that he be fired. After practice Friday Howard told the press that he and coach Stan Van Gundy agreed to keep everything between them, not talk through the media.

Magic coach Van Gundy met with the media for nearly 30 minutes and used his new favorite word “irrelevant” at least a dozen times, according to the Associated Press.

Basically, Van Gundy is going to be the coach and Dwight Howard the coach through the end of the season and however long they last in the playoffs. Which, by the look of their ugly performance Thursday night against the Celtics after this story broke, is not going to be long.

Really, this all falls on the management up the ladder at Orlando. They went to Howard and said, “What do we have to do to keep you?” They virtually begged him. Howard for his part was honest and he has long not been a fan of the negative coaching style of Van Gundy. He said he’d like a new tone, which got translated to getting a new coach but never executed.

At the end of the day, it’s much easier to get a new coach — even a good one like Van Gundy — than it is an elite player. But most likely, after the botched handling of this, Magic management will have neither.

  1. glink123 - Apr 6, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    …and this is why you trade your conceited, egotistical, arrogant “superstar” when you had the chance. friggin’ morons.

  2. cured76 - Apr 6, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Howard said he won’t let all this negativity from allangles affect him as a person. I suggest he lets it. Maybe lookin the mirror and realize he is accountable for what happened, too.

  3. lakerluver - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    What a mess of an organization. They have a lame duck coach AND a lame duck star on the same team. The Magic are gonna regret not trading Howard for Bynum, a player who ultimately will be better than Howard. I just hope the LAKERS don’t trade for that prima donna in the offseason. If they do it better be another deal for D. Will right behind it.

    • david8726 - Apr 7, 2012 at 5:12 AM

      I know you’re a Lakers fans and you love your own players, but come on. Dwight Howard is a better (and much more durable) player than Andrew Bynum and that will almost certainly be the case for the rest of their careers.

      If you have the chance to trade for him, you should absolutely do it. Getting Dwight Howard might be the only chance you have to win another title during the Kobe Bryant era, and he’d be your franchise player after Kobe retires.

      Yes, Dwight is a prima donna. But that shouldn’t stop you from trading for him. Talent is king in this league. Shaq was one of the most egotistical divas to ever set foot on an NBA court, and I seem to remember you winning 3 straight titles with him.

  4. david8726 - Apr 7, 2012 at 5:49 AM

    I feel bad for Stan. He’s a good NBA coach and deserves better than to be thrown under the bus like this.

    Stan isn’t the reason why Orlando never won a title. They didn’t win because their GM hamstrung their franchise by doing stupid things like overpaying Rashard Lewis (tying up their cap space) and trading for Gilbert Arenas.

    And Dwight bears some of the blame too. The guy never has become the truly dominant #1 option on offense who you can trust in the 4th quarter. He SAYS he wants to be that guy, but he isn’t yet.

    Stan will probably do TV for a year or two like his brother. Then he’ll have no trouble getting another NBA head coaching job.

  5. Gordon - Apr 7, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    This guy is more interested in being “the man” and a celebrity, not winning. If he really wanted to win, he would have agreed to a trade to the Lakers or Bulls.

  6. mungman69 - Apr 7, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    So they trade Howard after the season. They should get some real good players in return and have a real team. How can you win a championship with a center that shoots foul shots at 40%?

    • david8726 - Apr 7, 2012 at 5:32 PM

      He’s having a down year at the free throw line. But for 7 straight years he hovered right at 60%.

      Shooting between 50-60% at the line didn’t stop Shaq from winning plenty of titles. Dwight has already taken one team to the finals. He can win.

  7. darealrandolph - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    not a nets fan but it obvious Dwight Howard will join Deron in Brooklyn next year

  8. darealrandolph - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:36 AM


  9. darealrandolph - Apr 7, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Deron Williams would love to play for his home town team but it not going to happen cuz their no young star that going to join him Dallas therefore i see Deron Williams staying in Brooklyn and also you will see Dwight Howard leave Orlando through a trade in the off season cuz Orlando newspaper,fans will blame him for SVG and Otis smith firing which he wants no involvement and Brooklyn Nets will have young prospects to give Orlando (Brook Lopez, if the land him in the draft Anthony Davis,Marshon Brooks plus take Hedo Turkgolu of there books) in that case you will see Deron Williams and Dwight Howard opening up the new arena in Brooklyn not Dallas or even LA.

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