Stan Van Gundy's Dismissal from Magic Would Be a Blessing for Embattled Coach

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistApril 6, 2012

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 19:  Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy reacts during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on February 19, 2012 in Miami, Florida. 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 Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Stan Van Gundy knows his time in Orlando is coming to an end.

When a coach speaks as openly as he did yesterday, intentionally fueling the fire of an awkwardly ongoing saga, things are never going to end well.

A lot of that is Dwight Howard's doing. The young superstar center has been selfish and immature beyond belief and has helped drive this situation into the ground time and time again.

It is truly remarkable that SVG held onto the ship for as long as he did.

Now it is quickly sinking, expedited by the coach himself, and sooner than later he's going to be out in Orlando.

The Magic lost their fifth straight last night and and fell to the No. 6 seed in the East. Only four games separate them and the eighth-seeded New York Knicks they lost to last night.

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 28:  Head coach Stan Van Gundy converses with Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on April 28, 2011 in Atlan
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They always say a captain is to go down with his ship, but the sooner Stan Van Gundy gets out of Orlando, the better.

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He'll have no shortage of suitors once the season ends, and Dwight Howard is actually doing him a favor by acting like such a lost child.

Some could argue that SVG has acted immaturely, but there isn't much wrong with telling the truth.

SVG and Howard's relationship has been rocky for a while now and there are few coaches that will ever win a battle against a superstar—especially one that was reportedly given license to make decisions regarding the future of coaches and executives.

Ultimately, this will end better for both parties.

Howard enjoys being coddled; SVG doesn't coddle. This team's future rides with Howard, not SVG.

They'll go their separate ways and none will be worse for wear. It is rare when a firing is the best move for both ends, but this is one of those rare cases.

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