It's a bit of an understatement to point out that the Orlando Magic have been through their fair share of controversy this season, what with a franchise player clearly wanting to don another uniform and/or fire his team's celebrated head coach at the same time. There's another minor controversy brewing down in Florida, though, with the demotion of backup point man Chris Duhon. Duhon, who is just seven years removed from acting as the starting point guard on a 47-win team, is one of the worst rotation players in the NBA. And, for some reason, he's compounding this by clashing with head coach Stan Van Gundy.
Battling with SVG is a time-honored NBA art, but it's only NBA-legal if you have the ability to drop 30 points and collect 20 rebounds on any given night; as Shaquille O'Neal and Dwight Howard can. But when you're a point guard that struggles to score, and only manages 4.4 assists for every 36 minutes of playing time? The patience isn't as thick. Unlike Duhon, according to some Orlando observers.
Steve Kyler, a Florida-based NBA scribe who founded Hoopsworld (nee BskBall), wrote on Wednesday that Duhon has "quit" on Van Gundy, but even if the pair had the healthiest of relationships, replacing Duhon in the rotation with second-year guard Ish Smith is a positive step for a Magic team that has been dealing with nothing but negative juju all season long. The latest culmination of which came in the form of Duhon's suspension for Monday's game against the Pistons, amid rumors that he had blown off two Magic practices.Read More »from Chris Duhon has been banished in Orlando, amid reports of missed practices