There has been a black cloud draped over the 2011-2012 Orlando Magic this season, most of which can be attributed to the indeciveness of all-star Dwight Howard.
With Howard waffling back on forth on whether he wanted to sign an extension with the team or hit free agency, the overall temperament and play of the Magic has been inconsistent throughout the season. Many have speculated if head coach Stan Van Gundy was the main reason for Howard’s skepticism about staying with Orlando.
The temperature of Van Gundy’s head coaching seat in Orlando just shot up from hot to equator levels. Howard denying the claim is expected given his wavering this season, but Van Gundy himself confirming Howard’s request for his firing tells all we need to know about who is really running things in Orlando. And it doesn’t appear to be GM Otis Smith.
The Magic are currently 32-22 and sitting in the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Expect to see a new face on the sidelines coaching the Magic next season, if not sooner.
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