Dwight Howard had several memorable moments in 2012, but the interview fiasco involving former Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy represented the tipping point for Howard.
In a he-said, he-said drama, Van Gundy told the media that Howard wanted him fired, which provoked Howard to deny the rumors, all in the span of five minutes. (h/t ESPN)
Howard quickly turned himself into public enemy No. 1 in the Association, going back and forth about his desire to be traded from the Magic with one year remaining on his contract.
In trying to please everybody, Howard ultimately enraged Magic fans and wound up making a bizarre decision when he waived his early termination option and opted into the remainder of his contract with Orlando.
When the 2011-12 season drew to a close it was clear the Magic wanted no part of Howard, as trade rumors involving several franchises (most notably, Brooklyn) cropped up throughout the summer.
Then, in one swift move, the Magic dealt Howard to the Lakers in a blockbuster deal that changed the NBA landscape.
Howard's time in L.A. has been brief, but that's not to say it hasn't been eventful. Through two months of the regular season Howard was been front and center in Laker land, where uncharacteristic losing and the firing of a head coach have raised serious doubts about the newly-formed super team.