HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Raise your hand if you’re tired of the Orlando Magic drama?
And feel free to raise both of yours. You can also tell the person next to you to get ’em up as well, because this Magic madness is starting to wear on all of us.
The latest twist to this seemingly never ending story has Magic star Dwight Howard demanding that his coach, Stan Van Gundy, be fired, according to WKMG Local 6 Sports Director David Pingalore. It’s a sordid affair that won’t stop anytime soon with this sort of stuff coming out:
Pingalore’s Magic sources confirm that Howard continues to convey to team owners that he wants a change in the coaching staff.
There was an ESPN.com report before the trade deadline that Howard told the Magic to fire Van Gundy. Both parties denied that rumor.
But as one league source told Pingalore, firing Van Gundy will not come as a surprise to people that work in the NBA and that it would come from the direction of Howard.
The league source did say this is pretty much a done deal based on Howard’s demands, and the Magic are already putting pieces together to make a decision after the season.
However, one Magic player who did not want his named used said that there is still is a possibility that Van Gundy could return.
“(I) do not think Stan leaving is a done deal yet,” said the player.
Van Gundy hasn’t changed his stripes. He’s still candid as ever after wins and losses (check this Orlando Sentinel Q&A after last night’s loss to the Pistons for some vintage Van Gundy). Again, this isn’t the first time this issue has been raised this season.
Stan’s brother, Jeff Van Gundy, weighed in on this whole mess last week, suggesting exactly what Pingalore is reporting. Jeff Van Gundy took direct aim at Howard and the Magic front office for what he believes is an agreement to oust his brother.
This is family drama — The DeVos family, the Howard family, the Van Gundy family and really the Magic family — that needs to play out in private. There’s no need to make the rest of us suffer through round after round of this incessant backstabbing and anonymously sourced bickering.
Someone needs to deliver the rest of us from this relentless evil (we have the stretch run of a regular season we’d like to tend to) and put an end to all of the speculation … if that is indeed all it is?