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Four years can be a lifetime in the NBA; as the Orlando Magic can attest to after seeing their fortunes radically altered since they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2009 NBA Finals. The club that represented the Eastern Conference in the big dance that season is now a team in transition; looking to fill the voids at the General Manager and head coach slots. Former G.M.Otis Smith decided the time was right for him to leave the organization while the Magic fired former coach Stan Van Gundy earlier this month.
The logical assumption by many observers of the Association was that the dismissal of Van Gundy would lead to All-Star center Dwight Howard signing a long-term contract extension with Orlando this summer. For those of us who have covered the NBA for a long enough period; we realize that logic is not always the defining force in making decisions in the NBA and this appears to be one of those situations.
Although the “Orlando Sentinel” reported earlier this week that source...
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Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard said Thursday he did not try to get Stan Van Gundy fired. "I hate see anyone lose their job," Howard told TMZ.com in Beverly Hills, Calif., in his first public comments since Van Gundy was dismissed. The Magic fired Van Gundy and general manager Otis Smith on Monday. It ended a tumultuous season that included a trade demand by Howard...
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The Magic are planning to begin scheduling interviews to fill the team's vacant GM position and the team reportedly would like to speak to current Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak.
There are two theories regarding the firing of Stan Van Gundy: the Magic are looking to start fresh, or they know their only chance of keeping Dwight Howard was to fire their head coach. With rumors floating around that the Magic are looking to deal Howard around draft time, the former is a definite possibility. However, Jeff Van Gundy fully believes Howard drove his brother out...
Probably not the worst idea ever assuming Sheridan's report is the one you choose to believe. With this past season feeling like a uber-slow removal of a band-aid that tears out as many arm hairs as possible on its way to exposing the ugly wounds that the Dwight Howard trade saga has inflicted on the Orlando Magic franchise, it just might be time to turn the page completely....
Over the next few weeks Orlando Magic Daily will be taking a look at the things that went right and wrong this season as Orlando ended its season with a disappointing first-round loss to Indiana.
The Magic made two major signings in the shortened offseason. Both were controversial. Neither may yet workout. Only one played well enough to endear himself to fans.
The other had his...
The Orlando Magic have targeted Thunder vice president and assistant general manager Troy Weaver and Spurs assistant general manager Dennis Lindsey in their search for a new general manager, Yahoo! Sports reported Saturday, citing sources.
The pair have emerged as serious candidates to replace Otis Smith in the Magic's front office, and Orlando has already been granted permission...
As we discussed yesterday, people were a bit perplexed when TNT NBA analyst Shaquille O’Neal was suddenly mentioned as a candidate for the vacant Orlando Magic GM position, because he’d spent the last decade completely pissing all over the franchise that drafted him No. 1 overall in 1992. Eventually, though, it made perfect sense when it was revealed that Shaq was being considered...
Dwight Howard insists that he had no role in the decision to fire Stan Van Gundy.
Looks like the Magic organization is finally getting serious about finding a suitable GM replacement as this would help in getting away with the tomfoolery that was associated with. Via Y! Sports: Thunder vice president and assistant general manager Troy Weaver and Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey have been targeted, and Orlando has been [...]
The Magic hope the new general manager will convince Dwight Howard to sign a long-terme extension with the teams.
There is only one word to describe the Orlando Magic season “drama”. On Monday the Magic fired Coach Stan Van Gundy and parted ways with general manager Otis Smith. Now Stan’s brother and NBA broadcaster Jeff Van Gundy is ripping the Magic.
The Magic were a cirrus this season mainly centered around star center Dwight Howard. It seemed there were trade rumors everyday...
Lots of negativity around the Magic (I have some more coming later). Rumors are flying. Everyone is trying to guess who the next coach and GM will be. Everyone is trying to figure out what Orlando is going to do with Dwight Howard.
Yeah... we will get to those. We have a whole summer (or until the Draft, if you believe some reports) to deal with that.
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After eventful year in Orlando where he admitted Dwight Howard wanted him fired despite Howard denying it, Stan Van Gundy was eventually fired. And with open jobs in Charlotte, Portland, and possibly Los Angeles (Clippers), Van Gundy was obviously a candidate for at least one, if not all of those jobs.
But according to the NY Daily News, Van Gundy won’t be coaching any of those...