Originally posted on Extra Pine Tar  |  Last updated 5/21/12

No wonder Dwight Howard hated him so much. Stan’s got serious handles!

Look, I would have understood if they had fired Stan Van last year when Howard was posturing for it to happen. Dwight Howard is a top 2 center in a league filled with power foward’s trying to be something they’re not. But to fire him now – after the team (sans Dwight) played their balls off for Van Gundy in the first round against an Indiana team that now is now giving Lebron and Co. all it can handle – is just stupid.

Lest we forget the most important fact of all: Dwight Howard still wants nothing to do with Orlando. No amount of drunk dials or personnell changes are going to fix that.

So now the Magic are left in their own Cleavland Cavaliers situation. You want to go out there and get a nice name + face to call your own, but who wants to coach a team starring Ryan Anderson? How are you going to get players to come and play with Dwight if there is no coach in place? Or – even worse – a puppet coach? What if Dwight forces himself out and all you’re only left with are picks and Brooke Lopez who is allergic  to rebounds?

Stan Van Gundy may have been one bad call away from a coronary at all times, but the guy can coach. He knows the game of basketball and more importantly, he cares. As the Magic head toward an era that will most likely not involve Dwight Howard – isn’t that the kind of guy you want coaching your team?

PS – Van Gundy is definitely going to get an offer to do porn, right? A buddy cop movie with him and Ron Jeremy called like “Double Trouble” or something like that. I just want something where the two of them play twins – it doesn’t even have to be porn. Do a “Twins” remake for all I care. Either way it would be GOLD.

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