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Report: Howard wanted Brian Shaw or Michael Malone to replace Van Gundy

Apr 7, 2012, 4:51 PM EDT

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From Bright House Sports Network’s David Baumann:

Multiple sources close to Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard told Bright House Sports Network’s David Baumann that prior to the season, Howard indicated that he preferred the Magic would have hired Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw or Golden State Warriors assistant coach Michael Malone to replace current Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy.

Shaw is a former NBA guard who was an assistant coach with the Lakers for 7 years, and hence has more experience with Tex Winter’s legendary triple-post offense than all but a few coaches out there. Shaw is currently an assistant coach with the Pacers. Michael Malone, the son of Brendan Malone, is one of the best-respected assistant coaches in the league, and has been an assistant coach with the Cavaliers and Hornets. He is currently an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors.

Kevin Samples, Howard’s manager and cousin, had this to say when asked about the coaching situation:

 “Dwight has nothing to do with the coach situation,” according to Kevin Samples, Howard’s manager.  When asked why a coaching change wasn’t made after the Magic were bounced in the first round of the playoffs last season, Samples said, “That’s a great question.  You’ll have to ask Otis (Smith).”

It certainly doesn’t seem like Dwight’s management team has a vested interest in Van Gundy keeping his job. We will, of course, continue to keep you updated on this soap opera as updates keep coming in.

  1. cured76 - Apr 7, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Howard and everyone in his entourage just needs to shut up, seriously.

  2. tampajoey - Apr 7, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    I heard Dwight Howard signed an endorsement deal with Kotex Tampons. The only product that can stop Howard’s whiny crybaby sloppy vagina.

  3. ezmagic - Apr 7, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Otis should of been fired for trading to get Gilbert arenas and down grading the team every season since 2009.

  4. perennialsinn21 - Apr 7, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    I love how the coach takes all the blame when he can only coach the players the GM gives him so oh I don’t know mabey the GM should be sent packing.

  5. darealrandolph - Apr 7, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    d12 is gone its just a matter of time.

  6. darealrandolph - Apr 7, 2012 at 7:33 PM

  7. darealrandolph - Apr 7, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    any body see d12 asking a trade in the off season i think i do cuz of this

  8. darealrandolph - Apr 7, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    “Dwight re-upped for another year, but what’s to stop him from asking to be traded (again) this summer?

    Howard was upset and humiliated by Van Gundy’s bombshell last week, although he denied telling the front office he wanted the coach pink-slipped.

    The embarrassing fiasco has all but put the Magic back to square one in their relationship with him. It might be easier to rebuild the old imploded arena.

    At least Dwight and Stan now have something in common: They’re disillusioned with the whole operation.

    Management not only violated Howard’s trust, but it didn’t rush to his defense after Stan’s disclosure, either.

    The Magic want an answer this summer from Howard about signing a long-term deal to avoid another trade-me drama next season. They’ll likely have to clean house first before approaching him on tiptoes and with a fruit basket.” – Orlando Sentinel

    • darealrandolph - Apr 7, 2012 at 7:59 PM

      D12 and D-Will in Brooklyn Nets Uniform book it

  9. eugenesaxe - Apr 7, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Sooooo, howard wants a coach who runs a complex offense (triangle) that requires specific types of players, and can take a year or two to fully implement. And that would guarantee he stays and plays the good soldier. Riiiiiight.

  10. drew990 - Apr 7, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    I would have traded him and gotten anything close to what the Knicks gave up for melo. This kid needs to grow up and do his job that he’s getting paid millions of dollars to do.

  11. thacloser86 - Apr 8, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Should’ve been fired master of panic

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