ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- 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 Gundy started a circus on Thursday morning when he revealed he was told by high-ranking team officials of Howard's request. Howard walked up and hugged Van Gundy during that media scrum, unaware what Van Gundy had just said. After the coach walked away, Howard was blindsided that reporters knew the truth about his firing request.
Hours later, the Magic lost their fifth straight game, 96-80 to the New York Knicks, and dropped to sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
Van Gundy spoke to reporters for more than 30 minutes after practice Friday, with most of the questions focusing on his relationship with Howard. Van Gundy used the te...