Remember when Dwight Howard told us all how happy he was to have made a decision to stay in Orlando through next season?
It's almost hard to believe that only a few short weeks ago, Howard was meeting with the media in Orlando to announce that he would be staying in a Magic uniform for another season. Here we are at the beginning of April and rumors are starting to fly all over again. This time, they're about the status of coach Stan Van Gundy.
According to ClickOrlando.com, Howard wants Van Gundy out as coach.
In order for Dwight Howard to sign a contract extension this summer with the Orlando Magic, team owners will have to fire head coach Stan Van Gundy, as well as his coaching staff, sources close to the team and the NBA told Local 6 Sports Director David Pingalore.
Pingalore's sources confirmed the talk has been "amping" up in recent weeks. According to the sources, the probability of Van Gundy's staff to be released from their final year of the contract is very high.
Well, this is awesome.
While there are a lot of problems with the Magic roster, Van Gundy is not one of them. In fact, he's the best thing they've got going outside of Howard. Letting him go would be silly. It would mean bending over backward to please a player who was wobbling back and forth about staying and leaving all season. It would mean giving up power, but even more importantly, giving up power while also going against common sense.
Van Gundy has been a professional through all of the hoopla that has surrounded his team this year. He is tough on his players, honest with them and takes an extremely no-nonsense approach when dealing with the media.
There should be more Van Gundys in the league.
Instead, what will likely happen here is that the star will win. They usually do. That's unfortunate. Unfortunate for the Magic, because Van Gundy's talent will be recognized elsewhere. If they choose to part ways with him, he will be scooped up in no time. The Magic can get rid of their coach, but they've got a lot of work to do to revamp a roster that doesn't really make sense.
Van Gundy has said he doesn't worry about job security. He gets to say this because he's in the rare position of not having to. If he's let out of this situation, he'll find a better one. Sometimes people who are good at their jobs are rewarded. After dealing with Howard's flip-flopping this season and knowing there is likely to be more to worry about next season, being let out of Orlando would be a bit of a reward in itself.