Stan Van Gundy: Dwight Howard's Call for Dismissal 'Wasn't News to Me'

Ethan Sherwood StraussNBA Lead WriterApril 5, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 29: Head coach Stan Van Gundy of the Orlando Magic motions to his team from the bench during the second half against the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center on February 29, 2012 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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David Aldridge chimed into the TNT broadcast of the New York Knicks versus the Orlando Magic to add an interesting tidbit to this whole Dwight Howard mess.

Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy told DA that he had "known all year" that Howard wanted the coach fired. Van Gundy added, regarding Howard's intentions: “It wasn’t news to me.”

So this has been building and bubbling for quite some time. That Van Gundy is open about it now may reveal a commitment to honesty (this is the first time media members have asked), or that the exasperated coach has gone rogue, indifferent to organizational wants. 

While it is easy to feel badly for SVG and put all the blame at Howard's feet, I'm not sure if airing in-house concerns is the most professional way to handle this situation.

I love it as a media observer and as a reflexive defender of honesty, but it is difficult to argue that Van Gundy is revealing these facts in the best interests of his current employer. 

Stay tuned for more, "As the ORL Turns."