Orlando Tragic: How Will This Season End?
When Dwight Howard signed on to play with the Orlando Magic for at least another year, it seemed like Florida’s other NBA team had its troubles behind it and was ready to move forward and make a playoff push. Next thing we knew, things were more awkward than Katy Perry performing Watch The Throne cuts. They’ve gone from awkward to absolutely disastrous now, and there are no signs of stopping the decline.
It all started with rumors that Dwight wanted head coach Stan Van Gundy fired from the team. Instead of simply denying those rumors, Van Gundy did the unthinkable. He confirmed them and got it all off his chest.
Check this out.
Many pundits and personalities (including the Inside The NBA crew) think that Van Gundy’s career in Orlando will have to end immediately. They expect that he has lost the respect of his players at this point and that the relationships in the locker room are irreparably damaged. Furthermore, this is expected to translate into a lack of trust and cooperation on the court. Are they right?
Is Dwight, who wanted for so long to get the heck out of Disney World, now the Brett Favre of the NBA? More importantly, is he hurting his reputation as the gentle, fun-loving giant of the league? If he still wants to get out of dodge, it may be a bit tougher now that the guy is known as a failed puppet master who can’t stand up and make his requests known in public.
The victory in all of this goes to one Mr. Stan Van Gundy. If you thought he was grandstanding in the video above when he said he doesn’t care about getting fired, you’re wrong. Fact of the matter is that if they fire him, they’ve got to pay him a nice chunk of change for the amount of time left on his contract. We’re talking millions. Plus, the Van Gundy name still carries weight in the world of basketball. He’d have a coaching job very soon.
Take this as a lesson, Dwight. Stick to playing basketball on the court and let the guys in the offices handle the direction and staffing of the team. That doesn’t mean you can’t provide input, but there’s a difference between recommendations and serious ultimatums.
To think we had the nerve to call you Superman…