ORLANDO, Fla. (CBSMiami) – The Orlando Magic is looking to take the mantle of most dysfunctional NBA team to an entirely new level.

Thursday, Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy admitted to the media that the team’s superstar, center Dwight Howard, has asked management to fire him.

“Do you believe that Dwight has asked that you be fired?” a reporter asked Van Gundy. “Yes, I know he has,” the coach responded.

Van Gundy continued saying that he knew the claim was true based on what management had told him, “so you know, right from the top,” the coach said.

Van Gundy said management doesn’t have to tell him anything about who they will stand behind because, “I’m the coach right now and I’ll be the coach until they decide I’m not the coach.”

Howard himself walked into the interview room where Van Gundy was speaking and denied the rumors were true.

“The only thing we’re concerned about is winning a championship. Whatever happens at the end of the season is not under my control. I’m a player on the Magic. I’m not a GM. I haven’t said anything to anybody about anything.”

Unfortunately for Howard, his credibility has been eroded by a season full of will he or won’t he return to Orlando. Howard kept the Magic at arm’s length all season before agreeing to play out the contract through this season and at least until the trade deadline of next season.

Ironically, Howard reportedly got cold feet about leaving Orlando because of what happened to LeBron James when he joined the Miami Heat, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports. Now, he may be viewed in a worse light than LeBron by most NBA coaches, fans, and even some players.

Between the Van Gundy comments and Howard’s action, Orlando has become dysfunction junction for the NBA. The Magic can’t bring in players to surround Howard until the coaching situation is set. The Magic will keep Howard in the end, which makes Van Gundy a dead coach walking.

Van Gundy has been down this road before though. He was fired by the Miami Heat before the team made a run for the NBA Championship just a few years ago.

If Van Gundy is fired, former New York Knicks star center Patrick Ewing could be in line to be the interim coach.

Comments (6)
  1. J Pinder says:

    I live in orlando and am a magic fan. This whole Dwight scenario just needs to go away. Dwight doesn’t like Stan because if a player does something wrong, Stan lets them hear about it. Boo Hoo, Dwight doesn’t like to be yelled at. What a prima donna. Dwight is by far the best center in the league but he better be careful for what he asks for. Stan is one of the top coaches in the league and has done wonders with the players he has been given. None of which outside of Dwight and Ryan Anderson would even be starters on any other team. Who out there is available that is a better coach than Stan. And don’t say Phil Jackson because he won’t even look at orlando. You want a college coach? A retread that was unsuccessful somewhere else? If they let Dwight fire Van Gundy, I will lose all respect for this team. No player should ever be given that control. And what coach in their right mind would want to coach a team where a player has that power? I know Dwight sells tickets so it’s easier to get rid of Stan but if they do it this way, they will lose my ticket purchases!

  2. Jeff Brosman says:

    Dwight may me good but now he’s bad for Orlando basketball so I say get rid of him, keep Van Gundy and build the team around the talent they could get for the big baby. The grass always looks greener somewhere else doesn’t it I’m sick of these players that make demands that affect the team…it’s still a team sport. I wish we could go back to the 60’s & 70’s when the game was pure and the players were prima donas.

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