Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy revealed Thursday he is well aware his superstar player, Dwight Howard, asked management that he be fired.
"That's just the way it is. Again, I've been dealing with that all year. It's not anything real bothersome. You go out and do your job," Van Gundy said, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
As his team prepared to face the Knicks on Thursday night, Van Gundy said the request from the All-Star center has been confirmed to him "by people in our management right from the top."
With reporters stunned at the turn of events during what they thought would be a routine briefing, Howard then walked up to Van Gundy and put his arm around him, seemingly unaware of what had just happened.
Earlier this week, WKMG-TV in Orlando reported that Howard would refuse to sign a long-term contract with the team unless Van Gundy was dismissed as coach.
Howard walked over to the media intent on disputing the WKMG report.
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