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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Orlando Magic senior vice president Pat Williams, who helped found the franchise in 1989, said Monday he would like to see star center Dwight Howard and coach Stan Van Gundy both remain with the franchise for a long time.
Williams said restoring the team's health and winning would do a lot to help the franchise move past recent turmoil, capped when Van Gundy last week said that Howard wanted him fired. The coach and the star later met with Magic general manager Otis Smith, agreeing to co-exist the rest of the season and put the team first.
"Finish well and then have a wonderful run in the playoffs -- that would probably cure most of the issues," Williams told The Associated Press before a scheduled speaking appearance at Michigan State University.
Howard is expected to sit out Orlando's home game Monday against Detroit because of back spasms. The Magic snapped a five-game losing streak by beating Philadelphia on Saturday.
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Stan Van Gundy believes Dwight Howard asked for him to be removed as head coach. Van Gundy came out and said this on Thursday, and it’s no surprise to me something like this happened when it did.
When The Magic’s owner came out before the trade deadline and said if Howard resigns with them he would have complete control over the coach and the general manager positions I knew...
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...
Dwight Howard has been in and out of basketball gossip all season and it just won’t stop. Despite all the recent Van Gundy/Howard drama…more rumors have now surfaced in the Orlando Magic organization.
The latest buzz surrounds two coaches in the league who Howard allegedly wants to replace Stan Van Gundy when he finally gets the boot:
Multiple sources close to Orlando Magic...
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard has been ruled out of Monday's game against the Detroit Pistons with back spasms.
Howard will miss his third contest in over two weeks with the ailment.
Coach Stan Van Gundy detailed that Howard was laboring during the fourth quarter of Saturday's win over Philadelphia.
Howard is averaging 20.6 points and 14.5 rebounds this season.
With all this drama surrounding Dwight Howard and his alleged desire to have his head coach Stan Van Gundy fired, people forget that Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos also put general manager Otis Smith’s fate in Howard’s hands.
And although Howard publicly washed his hands of those responsibilities in the press there is still the belief that he will have a big say so in whether...
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...
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Jason Richardson hit six 3-pointers and scored 22 points, J.J. Redick had 20 points and the Orlando Magic eased past the Detroit Pistons 119-89 Monday night.
Glen Davis added 16 points and 16 rebounds starting in place of center Dwight Howard, who missed his third game in two weeks with back spasms.
All five Orlando starters reached double figures in the Magic...
(29-26) vs. (31-24) Time/TV: 6 p.m./NBATVLine: Celtics by 4Tickets: $0-$0 on TiqIQMagic's Magic Number: 5
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Dwight Howard had 20 points and 22 rebounds, and Glen Davis had 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic to an 88-82 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.
J.J. Redick scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter to help the Magic snap a five-game losing streak. The Magic pushed aside the lingering rift between Howard and coach Stan...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Kevin Seraphin took advantage of Dwight Howard's absence from Orlando's lineup, getting career highs of 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Washington Wizards to a 93-85 victory over the Magic on Tuesday night.
Jordan Crawford scored 21 points, John Wall had 15 and Cartier Martin and James Singleton -- both on 10-day contracts with the Wizards -- added...
(21-35) vs. (33-23) Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSFloridaLine: Magic by 7Tickets: $11-$460 on TiqIQSeason Series: Lost 89-78 in Detroit on Jan. 2; Lost 102-95 in Detroit on April 3; Tonight in Orlando
The Detroit Pistons took advantage of the absence of Orlando's top three scorers last week to extend the Magic's misery, but they won't be catching them quite so short-handed this time.
Even if Orlando isn't completely at full strength, it may finally at least have everyone on the same page.
Coming off their first win in nearly two weeks, the Magic will have Dwight...
(34-23) vs. (13-44) Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSFloridaLine: Magic by 5.5Tickets: $9-$440 on TiqIQSeason Series: Won 103-85 in Orlando on Jan. 4; Won 109-103 in Orlando on Feb. 1; Won 102-95 in Washington on Feb. 29; Tonight in Washington, D.C.