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Report: Dwight’s Van Gundy Replacement Wish List Revealed

2012 April 7
by Brian Serra

In an exclusive report earlier today, David Baumann of the Bright House Sports Network reported that Dwight Howard revealed prior to the start of the season who he wanted to replace Stan Van Gundy as head coach.

Baumann’s report stated that, “Howard indicated that he preferred the Magic would have hired Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw or Golden State Warriors assistant coach Michael Malone to replace current Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy.

The key point in the story, other than the names, is that Dwight discussed his wishes prior to the start of the season and with former CEO Bob Vander Weide.

“BHSN has learned that a discussion of a hypothetical head coaching change took place between Howard and recently resigned Magic CEO Bob Vander Weide.” – More from Baumann

Brian Shaw, a former Magic player and Lakers assistant coach for 6 seasons, left his job in L.A. and headed to Indiana as the associate head coach after being bypassed for the Lakers head coaching job. Shaw played 3 seasons in Orlando and was a member of the 94-95 Finals team, famously throwing Shaw-Shaq alley-oops to Superman V.1.

Michael Malone is the son of current Magic assistant coach, Brendan Malone. He currently serves as the lead assistant coach under Mark Jackson in Golden State after holding the same title in New Orleans the season before. You can read his bio here.

Stan Van Gundy’s fate heading into the summer is not exactly promising. Rather he resigns or is fired, it’s unlikely at this point that he will return to coach the team for his final season. Fair or not,  the writing is on the wall after this drama-filled season and Dwight Howard unhappy. The #HereWeStan campaign can only go so far.

If Stan is out, there should be no doubt that Brian Shaw will be the favorite to replace him.

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