Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 5/21/12
Two months ago, Magic center Dwight Howard sat at a podium at the Amway Center, with CEO Alex Martins to his right and GM Otis Smith to his left, and reveled in nearly an hour of praise for his decision to waive his early termination option and stay in Orlando for one more season. Shortly after the announcement, head coach Stan Van Gundy blindsided Howard, the team, the fans and the media when he deviated from the team's pro-Howard script and told reporters in no uncertain terms that his star center -- the man upon whom so much praise was heaped just weeks earlier -- had asked to have him fired. It was the beginning of the end for Van Gundy, who essentially signed his own pink slip during the brief post-practice interlude, and now, in the wake of a 4-1 first-round playoff exit at the hands of the Indiana Pacers, the team has made the inevitable official. The Magic fired Van Gundy on Monday afternoon in a move that had nothing to do with basketball and everything to do with the un...
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