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Report: Dwight Howard not expected back for playoffs

Apr 18, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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First, this report is believable because it’s hard to see how Dwight Howard could bounce back from a herniated disc in his back quickly enough to be a force in the playoffs.

Second, it comes from WKMG’s Dave Pingalore, the guy that said Dwight Howard wanted Stan Van Gundy out the day before Van Gundy confirmed it and the entire situation blew up. (Via Ball Don’t Lie.)

Pingalore says that Howard will not be back, and he still doesn’t like Van Gundy.

Local 6 Sports Director David Pingalore has learned through NBA and Orlando Magic sources that Dwight Howard does not want to play for head coach Stan Van Gundy any longer. According to his sources, Howard is still upset with Van Gundy confirming Pingalore’s report from earlier this month that Howard went to Magic management asking for Van Gundy to be fired…

Howard would also likely sit out the postseason, according to the source.

First off, this story is just oddly written — somebody clearly wrote it for Pingalore, but next time just have him write it nor ghost write it for him. If he hadn’t already broken a story, we would have discarded.

But like I said, it’s believable — nobody thinks Van Gundy lasts the summer because Orlando is desperate to keep Howard (and teams that bend over backwards like this for their stars always get… oh, wait). Secondly, it just seems very unlikely that Howard can come back in any condition that is really going to help the Magic. But the back injury and Van Gundy are not necessarily related issues for Hoard.

Right now, every team in the East is trying to figure out if there is a way they can play the Magic in the first round.

  1. willcoop - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Dwight you may be an all star, but you will never reach the stars. Give Tim Duncan a call and find out how real pros act.

  2. fm31970 - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Trade this crybaby while you can still get good value, Orlando. He’s already peaked in his career- see Amare Stouemire.

  3. fm31970 - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    err, Stoudemire

  4. football58 - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    @fm31970 Learn how to spell moron!

    • davidly - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      M-O-R-O-N. There. Now you learn how to use a comma.

      • sellahh - Apr 18, 2012 at 4:56 PM

        Or get a comma, for that matter.

      • sellahh - Apr 18, 2012 at 4:56 PM

        Or get a comma, for that matter.

      • football58 - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:29 PM

        Davidly, what kind of dumbshit name is that. “there” isn’t a complete sentence either, MORON!

    • davidly - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:05 PM

      Awww, how cute! It knows how to to insult on the Internet.

      It’s my actual name, there, Sweety-Pie.

      And, yeah, “there” is a complete sentence. Interjections don’t have to have exclamation points, nor do they require any more than a simple word. You’re out of your league.

      Remember, I didn’t start this little smartypants discussion. You did. If you’re gonna nitpick somebody’s spelling – and on the Web, no less – you better dot your i’s and cross you t’s, there Buddy Boy!

  5. magicfanintn - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Word to the wise. Ping is right on his rumors about as often as a broken clock is right on the time. Ping is notorious for throwing controversial stuff at the proverbial wall to see what will stick. Almost always wrong. FYI.

  6. phaden27 - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Lol, Kurt getting onto someone for writing….

    • mytthor - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      “Lol” and you’re criticizing others’ writing? Thanks, Twain.

      • phaden27 - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:46 PM

        I’m not paid to comment. :)
        Thanks A$$hole.

      • mytthor - Apr 20, 2012 at 4:31 AM

        You’re not paid to edit either. Give it a rest.

  7. jpietrefesa - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    So Dwight Howard is upset with Van Gundy for confirming what Howard said? Its always somebody elses fault right?

  8. illegalblues - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    if i’m orlando, i trade this guy before the draft and start to rebuild. they aren’t going to win with dwight leading this team. he doesn’t have it.

  9. willcoop - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    The problem with guys like Dwight, or guys that leave early is they have no savvy when it comes to dealing with the press. The maturity level compared with the athlete that stays for 3 plus years is almost night and day. The NBA has to do a better job at the rookie symposium in teaching these guys how to deal with the press and how to handle situations of adversity. It’s a joke how athletes handle things through the press thinking that’s how they can get their way, that’s what the press wants, a nice fat juicy story and they keep coming back because dummy athlete will keep coming back giving spurts writer all they want. Dwight could have handled this crap way better, not to mention he has become a cancer on the team he claims he wants to be with.

  10. thesportgenius - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    They could have had Andrew Bynam who’s putting up better numbers than DH with Kobe out…now with a bad back, his Diva routine, & throwing his coach under the bus there’s no way the Lakers make that deal. Dude used to be likeable but his dumb act is wearing thin. Oh and learn to make a free throw.

  11. loungefly74 - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    …and there goes any chance of Orlando making any noise in the playoffs.

  12. thebigkahuna23 - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Next season is going to be absolutely unbearable. Dwight made a huge mistake not forcing the deal to the Lakers and and even bigger mistake by waiving his opt-out clause. Even with a healthy Dwight this year and next year they had no shot at the championship, or even the eastern conference championship.

    To make matters worse big men who get up like Howard can’t continue that style of play with a bad back. It’s just as bad as a knee injury.

    • mytthor - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      Yeah Dwight, if you’re pissed you were going to be the third option, maybe someone needs to remind you when your team went to the finals, YOU WERE THE THIRD OPTION. And Jameer Nelson and Hedo Turkoglu aren’t exactly Kobe and Pau.

  13. davidly - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Kurt, I agree with your first reason why it’s believable, but your second reason why it is believable is questionable, to say the least: Just because Van Gundy “confirmed” that rumor, doesn’t make it true. The only thing Van Gundy confirmed is questionable motivation in responding to the rumor, and the way he went about it would seem to call the whole thing into question, in my mind.

    Now I am not one of those to come and troll at you about proper use of the English language. (I reserve my pedantry for those pedants who make mistakes in their criticisms thereof.) In other words, I nearly always like your posts, Kurt, but I cannot let this go:
    “…nobody thinks Van Gundy lasts the summer because Orlando is desperate to keep Howard.”
    The sports-writer’s conditional clause is one thing, but come on, using the colloquial present tense for a future reference just makes the brain ache!

  14. baron30 - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    they really need to trade him before the draft…otherwise it will be the same dwightmare over and over again up to next years trade deadline.

  15. willcoop - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Now that Diva Dwight has given every GM a reason to offer the crappiest players, the Magic will never be able to even get decent value for him now. His back is cracked and his personality is whack! Can you imagine him trying to pull that crap with Thibs, Doc, or Pop? Bynum is playing at a better level than DD and the Lakers are getting the last laugh now.

  16. lakerluver - Apr 18, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Idiots!! They should’ve traded him to my LAKERS when they had the chance. I’m actually glad they didn’t because in the next season, or two, Bynum will undoubtedly be the best center in the NBA. Of course, that’s barring injury.

  17. passerby23 - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    With or without Howard, they aren’t beating the Pacers. With Howard, Pacers in 6. Without Howard, Pacers in 5. I am really looking forward to Knicks-Heat in the first round if everything holds to form.

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:52 PM

      Without Howard, Pacers in 4.

      • passerby23 - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:26 AM

        I only say Pacers in 5 because I think the Magic can play well enough for one game where they shoot well and hit 12 or 13 threes. That’s a big IF though.

  18. ezmagic - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    Hey Kurt, every team in the east? Only 8 teams in the east make the playoffs. Every “playoff” team in the east is how it’s supposed to be written. C’mon Kurt. You get paid for this? How can I get hired.

  19. asublimeday - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:12 AM


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