Magic management has informed Van Gundy that Dwight wants him fired? Stan says yes.
Quote of the day comes via Stan Van Gundy: “The only thing that I’m ever uncomfortable with, is bullshit.”
I bet you all thought that once Dwight agreed to waive his Early Termination Option that the crazy drama surrounding the team would slow down. It was reasonable to expect it to stop until the offseason. Nope. Nope. Not at all.
When speaking with the media today after shootaround, Stan Van Gundy addressed reports that Dwight Howard has asked for him to be fired.
“I know he has,” Van Gundy told reporters after the Magic completed their shootaround. “That’s just the way it is. Again, I’ve been dealing with that all year. It’s not anything real bothersome. You go out and do your job.” - Quote via Josh Robbins and the Orlando Sentinel.
Continuing, Stan on how he knew the info to be true, “I was told it was true by people in our management right from the top.”
No word on if the person that shared the information with Stan was Magic CEO Alex Martins or President of Basketball Operations, Otis Smith. Keep in mind, Otis Smith probably isn’t feeling real secure in his position with the team heading into the summer either.
Almost immediately after Stan’s rather stunning, brutally honest comments, Dwight Howard appeared -without knowledge of what Stan said- and shared his opinions on the reports out there. Media pandemonium then commenced.
SVG says mgmt told him Dwight wants him fired but Dwight interrupted interview with svg and said that’s not true.
— Christian Bruey (@cbruey) April 5, 2012
Stan Van Gundy said he’s been informed by #Magic management that Dwight Howard wants him fired. Dwight just denied it all. Shocking stuff.
— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) April 5, 2012
Howard comes in hugs Stan and doesn’t realize Stan just confirmed story
— Ian O’Connor (@Ian_OConnor) April 5, 2012
Coincidentally, Stan chose to be at his most honest on the day that the New York media contingent is in town for tonight’s Knicks-Magic game. Make no mistake about this, Stan is honest to a fault and is absolutely the significantly more credible source after all of the Dwight-drama that has taken place over just the last 4 months.
Was it the right time to say it? Probably not. Should he have bit his tongue? Probably yes. Can you blame him, after being screwed out of a job in Miami and now facing a similar fate in Orlando, for being frustrated and venting his thoughts? No. Not at all.
You can watch the full video of Stan’s comments – and I HIGHLY encourage you to do so- here.
More to come…