Found April 07, 2012 on PRO HOOPS CENTRAL:
Two days after telling reporters that if the Orlando Magic fired him he would still go home and have a good day, Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy in an exclusive interview with the “Orlando Sentinel” on Saturday, said he wants to return as the bench boss for Orlando next season. The veteran head coach created headlines on Thursday morning when he confirmed an earlier report that All-Star center Dwight Howard wants him fired at the end of this campaign. Van Gundy told reporters Thursday that he had been informed of Howard’s request by members of the team’s upper management. The Magic bench boss is under contract through next season, however his actions on Thursday may cause Team Owner Rich DeVos and CEO Alex Martins to bid farewell to Van Gundy and bring in a new coach next season. The coach told the paper “They’re going to have to make decisions. But I’m a basketball coach and I know this: I don’t want to go anywhere else. I mean, I love Orlando, and this is where I want to be. And ...

Van Gundy wants to return to Magic

Stan Van Gundy said Saturday he wanted to return as Orlando Magic coach next season despite the recent turmoil concerning All-Star center Dwight Howard. Van Gundy revealed Thursday he was informed that Howard had asked management to fire him, sparking speculation he would not want to be back at the helm in 2012-13. But on Saturday, Van Gundy told the Orlando Sentinel that he did...

Van Gundy-Howard drama noticeable in loss

ORLANDO Stan Van Gundy left the Amway Center on Thursday night still the coach of the Orlando Magic. That could change by the weekend and the weekend starts now. With 11 regular-season games remaining and his team spiraling out downward, Van Gundy backed his management into a corner and further alienated his franchise player Thursday, almost daring the ax to fall. He started...

Magic coach Van Gundy expects to finish season

Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said he expects to finish the season as the team's coach. Van Gundy's remarks came one day after he told the media that superstar center Dwight Howard asked team management to fire him. Howard denied the accusation and then had one of his worst efforts of the season with eight points and eight rebounds as Orlando lost at home to the New...

Van Gundy, Howard agree to focus on team's play

One day after Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy disclosed All-Star center Dwight Howard wanted him fired, the two agreed it was time to move forward and focus on the team's play on the court. ''There's nothing for me to say,'' Howard said at practice Friday. ''We just have to play basketball. That's the only thing that matters.'' Van...

Magic try to snap out of streak against 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers have fallen out of first place in the Atlantic Division and are sliding down the Eastern Conference standings. Their problems, however, pale in comparison to the drama surrounding the Orlando Magic. With the ongoing rift between coach Stan Van Gundy and All-Star center Dwight Howard intensifying, the scuffling Magic try to avoid losing six straight games...

The Interview: Stan Van Gundy

Tonights Orlando Magic vs. New York Knicks game just got a little more interesting, a report out of Orlando claims star player Dwight Howard wants head coach Stan Van Gundy out, after the season. Take a look at the awkward interview with Van Gundy and Howard.  Van Gundy is saying he knows Howard wants him fired while Howard claims he never said anything.  Supposedly Howard will...

Stan Van Gundy Tugs on Superman’s Cape

      DATELINE: HUMOR! Management of the Orlando Magic informed their coach that superstar Dwight Howard wants his head on a platter. During a press conference when asked about the duplicity and rumors of duplicity of Dwight Howard, the coach threw the superstar under the bus (as the saying goes). Of course, in a tit-for-tat world, Howard had already thrown Van Gundy under the...

Stan Van Gundy, Dwight Howard Agree To Focus On Team's Play, Not On Their Relationship

When it seemed as if the Orlando Magic -- as a whole -- would fall apart due to the beef between head coach Stan Van Gundy and Dwight Howard, it appears that both men have come to an understanding about working together through the drama.According to USA Today, the two agreed that the focus needs to be put on the team's play on the court and not on their broken relationship.During...

Stan Van Gundy Breaking 'Code' of Locker Room Hardly Relevant in Dwight Howard Saga

Keep it in the family, Stan. Two days after Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy shocked reporters and, more importantly, Dwight Howard by claiming that a source in the Magic front office had told him that Howard wanted him fired, it is the coach who appears to be losing the battle of public opinion. If Van Gundy cares what anyone thinks, of course, he has done an amazing job of hiding...

Howard-Van Gundy: Superstars Out of Control?

The recent feud between Stan Van Gundy and Dwight Howard, which has been all over ESPN recently, is highlighting a major issue that has started to develop in all professional sports.  Superstar athletes are using their own contracts as blackmail to influence coaching decisions that should be made by the front office.  Many of these players’ wishes are not granted and usually...

NBA4Life 52: Celtics on a Roll & the Heat is On!

Pat and Awall take to the airwaves to talk about who’s hot coming as we near the NBA playoffs.  And more…. Stan Van Gundy blockbuster – on Dwight Howard The ‘Real” LOB City – might surprise you Miami beats OKC Lebron taken down by Westbrook on Flagrant Lebron rolls ankle on phtographer Will Derek Rose [...]

Orlando has 99 problems and Dwight is one

Dwight Howard has called for the firing of Stan Van Gundy since the summer of 2011, according to a source close to the coach. “The organization has allowed Dwight to set up the coach,” a league source close to management and the coach said. “They have to have a reason to blame someone. If they win, and he gets fired, everyone will know it’s on the player. Losing...
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