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Stan Van Gundy's gone, so Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic can live happily ever after, right? Not so fast. A report from, a blog operated by former ESPN basketball analyst Chris Sheridan, indicates that Howard still "desperately" wants out of Orlando. In fact, Howard reportedly "wants out of Orlando more than he ever did before in order to start a new chapter of his career." Whether Howard eventually gets his wish and is able to start a new chapter in his career remains to be seen, but for Van Gundy and former Magic GM Otis Smith, it's a...

Magic's fate now rests with Howard

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...

Dwight Howard wins – Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith are gone

It was just a formality at this point, but Stan Van Gundy is out as head coach of the Orlando Magic, as is GM, Otis Smith, according to a report from the Orlando Sentinel. Van Gundy spent the last 5 seasons with the Magic, compiling a 259-135 regular-season record, and leading the Magic to the [...]

Which Team Will Dwight Howard Play for Next Season?

The Orlando Magic cleaned house on Monday afternoon, making a couple of the most predictable moves in the history of offseason moves. The Magic announced that neither head coach Stan Van Gundy nor general manager Otis Smith would be back next season. Naturally, everyone assumed that this was the work of center Dwight Howard, but that may not be the case. Chris Sheridan reported that...

Stan Van Gundy is out as Magic head coach, Otis Smith most likely next

We knew this was going to happen.  Hoopsworld breaks it down for us: In a much-anticipated move, the Orlando Magic today fired head coach Stan Van Gundy. The move follows a very public falling out between Van Gundy and All-Star center Dwight Howard, and may be aimed at keeping Howard with the team long-term. Sources close to the situation tell HOOPSWORLD that the team is...

Au Revoir To “The Master Of Panic”

No wonder Dwight Howard hated him so much. Stan’s got serious handles! Look, I would have understood if they had fired Stan Van last year when Howard was posturing for it to happen. Dwight Howard is a top 2 center in a league filled with power foward’s trying to be something they’re not. But to fire him now – after the team (sans Dwight) played their balls off for Van Gundy...

Ten Moments With Stan Van Gundy

The Orlando Magic fired coach Stan Van Gundy Monday, part of a managerial shakeup that also included the exit of general manager Otis Smith. Whether Dwight Howard gets traded before or during next season or leaves after as a free agent, the friction between those two and Howard boiled over this season, with the Magic losing to the Indiana Pacers in just five games in the opening...

Sweeping Change in Orlando

The Orlando Magic have chosen to part ways with head coach Stan Van Gundy and general manager Otis Smith. In five seasons at the helm in Orlando, Van Gundy posted a 259-135 (.657) record, and made the playoffs every year. A highlight was the Magic’s 2009 NBA Finals appearance, where they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games. Smith was named Orland0′s full-time general...

Shaq to discuss GM job with Orlando Magic

In what would be the worse idea of all time, the Orlando Magic are reportedly willing to discuss the general manager job with Shaquille O'Neal. Orlando is looking to retain the services of Dwight Howard and think that maybe O'Neal could help keeping Howard in town.   O'Neal stated his career in Orlando but has no front office experience whatsoever. It has worked out...

Source: Dwight Still Wants Trade

Executives from the Magic are expected to meet with Dwight Howard soon and will accomodate his trade request should he ask for a trade.

Superstars need structure, not appeasement

The Orlando Magic didn't just bet everything Monday on the idea that there's more value in retaining Dwight Howard than in keeping Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith. The Magic also wagered that massive talent accompanied by an out-of-control ego outweighs order and leadership in the battle for an NBA championship. There are no easy answers when a player's greatness comes...
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