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Report: Howard Wants Van Gundy Fired

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 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.


Home cookin’: Mmmmm, Dwight Howard

Hot dogs and burgers.

Turkey legs, chicken and spare ribs.

What could be a tastier item on a Memorial Day barbecue menu?

If you live in Orlando, how about an extra big helping of Dwight Howard?

The Orlando Sentinel’s Josh Robbins caught up to the first team All-NBA center at his holiday cookout (which he spread word of via Twitter) where Superman said once again he is not looking to fly the central Florida coop.

“I’m not trying to run behind nobody like Shaq or be behind somebody else,” Howard said, referencing Shaquille O’Neal‘s decision to leave the Magic following the 1995-96 season and sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.

“I want to start my own path and I want people to follow my path and not just follow somebody else’s path. I want to have my own path, and I want to start that here in Orlando. But I can’t do it alone. Not only do I need the right teammates, but I need the city behind me. That’s the only way it’s going to get done. We can change this small city that we have — this small market that we have — and we can make it a big market.”

In fact, according to David Pingalore of Local 6 in Orlando, Howard spent the weekend working on hammering out a new contract with the Magic.

“I just got tired of everybody asking me, ‘Where am I going to go? Are you going to stay?’ Everybody in Orlando is asking me,” Howard said. “So it was like, ‘You know what? I want everybody to get their minds off something that is not gonna happen.’ “

All season long, as the topic of his possible departure has been raised, Howard has insisted — sometimes angrily — that he wasn’t preparing to pull another ‘Melo-Drama type escape.

Talk about your home cooking. Howard putting his name in ink on a new deal would certainly be the way to end all the speculation.

But will it happen and, if it did, what would we have to talk about next season?

Hello, Chris Paul?