For a player to be part of management to the point that he has not only as much authority as the coach but also the authority to change the coach is frightening.
We've had players depicted as selfish in the past, notably Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson and Shaquille O'Neal in the past. All have publicly said things that weren't in the best interest in their teams, and all probably had too much say on what happened on the court and even off of it.
But none have done what Howard has done in the past year. To have reports come out not once, but twice, that he wants head coach stan Van Gundy gone—a coach who has done an amazing job keeping the team toward the top of the Eastern Conference even after what Howard put Orlando through—is something none of those other players did.
The only other great player in recent history I can think of to demand a switch coaching-wise was Magic Johnson; but he was a far better player, and, more importantly, he also didn't say he would leave if that change wasn't made.
Johnson didn't, like every other NBA player, put his team through the sort of limbo that Howard has done. The whole first half of the season he demanded trades left and right, even publicly listing the teams he would cherish being trading to must make for an extremely poisonous locker room. That is evidently never something easy for the coach, management and even his teammates to work with.
And then Howard signed an extension that is guaranteed through next season, meaning one thing: This exact same fiasco will produce itself once again next year.
As much as I think the Magic should seriously consider moving on with life past Superman, if they want to keep him, here are five off-season moves they should make to avoid another fiasco.