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Dwight Howard, Stan Van Gundy team up to help schools

Sep 18, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT

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There are a whole lot of things in the world more important than the quibbles of NBA coaches and players. And at least some of the players and coaches get that.

No pair has had a more rocky relationship of late than Dwight Howard and Stan Van Gundy. What with Howard’s people telling the Magic to can Van Gundy then Van Gundy throwing Howard under the bus in front of press conference. It was a messy divorce from both of them from Orlando.

But the two are teaming up again to try and help Florida schools, reports the Orlando Sentinel (via SLAM). Because these two get the big picture.

If you read my column last week, you know Van Gundy is the chairman of a political group in Seminole County called Citizens for Preservation of Property Values. The goal of the group is to increase property taxes in Seminole County to help preserve the area’s traditionally strong public school system — a system that has been decimated by $73 million in budget cuts over the past five years. In the Nov. 6 general election, Seminole voters will decide whether to approve a 1-mill increase in property taxes for four years beginning a year from now. The increase would bring in as much as $25 million annually to the school district.

Van Gundy says Dwight, who was recently traded to the Lakers, is going to lend some financial backing to the cause.

“Dwight has pledged his support,” Van Gundy said Monday during an interview on our Open Mike radio show on 740 The Game. “He’s a resident of Seminole County, and he’s keeping his house here. I think his history will show that he’s had great concern for kids in the Central Florida community. With him still living here, we asked him to help and he didn’t hesitate.”

Getting people to vote to raise their own taxes — even for a worthwhile cause — is a tough sell anywhere. And I’m not familiar with nor am I going to get into the funding issues of Seminole County schools. (However, from a guy whose wife is a teacher I can assure you their issues are not because the teachers there are overpaid.)

Howard said in his recent interview with ESPN that he and Van Gundy still had a respectful relationship. Apparently those were not just empty words.

  1. lakerluver - Sep 18, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Let’s hear the Dwight haters spin on this story.

  2. superseahawk - Sep 18, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    lakerluver

    They’ll find a way, they always do.

  3. drewdatwit84 - Sep 18, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Here’s one way… He just admitted in an ESPN article that he didn’t want everyone to hate him. He brought up LeBron James’ name as if he wasn’t supposed to be hated like that. And now this??? The mark of a sad little big man desperate to be loved by all that he’s REACHING to the ppl that hate him for valid reasons he himself created. Some might buy this stunt he’s pulling, others like me will see right thru it. Pitiful.

  4. lakerluver - Sep 18, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    He’s pitiful? I beg to differ. You, and anyone else who could hate someone you don’t even know for leaving a sports franchise, are actually the pitiful ones. The only thing Dwight could’ve done differently is perhaps been more decisive. You’re a hypocrite. If Dwight had been traded to your fave team you’d cheer for him and probably drop down 100 bucks for a D12 jersey!!

  5. heathater4lifeson - Sep 18, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Lakerluver, u and superseahawk have some chemistry.

  6. paulhargis53 - Sep 19, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    Kinda like you did lakerluver?
    A person only has to type probasketballtalk and a posters name, in this case yours, to find out who the real hypocrite is.
    God, don’t you ever get tired of being proven wrong and looking like a fool?

    You bashed on Howard until there was an inkling he may make his way to L.A., then you reversed gears.
    You are a loathsome person with no redeeming qualities. Get of this website, nobody here likes you, nor would you be missed.

    You suck at posting and you suck at life.

  7. eerock41 - Sep 19, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    As a Orlando native, i think Howard should not be able to enjoy the no state income tax here in Florida. Let him move to LA and pay the state income tax there. If you don’t live and work in Florida, you should not get the benefits of the tax rules here.

  8. manchestermiracle - Sep 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    How about the property tax he pays on that mansion of his? How about he business he brings by being filthy rich and living there? Oh, never mind, I guess that doesn’t fit in your narrative….

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