If the Magic want to be successful during the fast-approaching NBA season, it will take perhaps the best coaching performance of Stan Van Gundy’s career. Dwight Howard wants out. It’s looking more and more like the Magic won’t be able to keep Howard after this season and his request to be traded still stands. If he is not traded before the season begins, Van Gundy is going to have to find a way to coexist with a frustrated superstar — one who the coach didn’t exactly get along with in the first place.
Searching for assistance on how to improve his coaching techniques, Van Gundy met with Stanford University psychology professor Carol Dweck over the summer.
“I’ve got to set the standards, and I’ve got to make sure that they’re adhered to in terms of guys playing hard and playing together and doing what we’re supposed to do,” Van Gundy said according to the Orlando Sentinel. “If our players can take most of the leadership in that regard and police each other in terms of effort and thi