Remember the big smiles Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy gave us at the press conference announcing Dwight Howard's intention to waive his early termination option, and sign with the Magic for the 2012-13 season? No? Because Van Gundy wasn't there for that joke of an "announcement"? And have you read the news spiraling out of the sources of a small pond's big fish down in Orlando, about how Howard wants SVG and his staff gone this summer, once this miserable season ends? Yes?
Do a healthy portion of reputable Orlando folk want to disabuse us of the notion of listening to "Local 6 Sports Director David Pingalore" when he tells us that in "order for Dwight Howard to sign a contract extension this summer with the Orlando Magic, team owners will have to fire head coach Stan Van Gundy, as well as his coaching staff"?Sure. Are we guilty of believing that where there's smoke, there's fire? Of course.
But does it make sense that Howard wants absolutely nothing to do with Van Gundy, his staff and his expectations? Definitely. SVG has been Howard's coach for nearly five years now, and while the two have never openly feuded, Van Gundy's exacting style can wear on a soul. A soul that doesn't want to be held accountable. Howard wants to be liked, as much as he wants to win, and it's becoming clearer that the Orlando Magic and Dwight Howard don't deserve a coach as great as Stan Van Gundy.Read More »from Does Dwight Howard want Stan Van Gundy out as Magic coach?