the odd couple
For those that were not following along with the action over twitter, here's the latest drama in the NBA. Dwight Howard asked for the Magic management to fire their coach Stan Van Gundy. That alone wouldn't be all that big of a news story if it was just a rumor from an unnamed source. The source, however, was far from unnamed.
A well-placed Orlando Magic source claims that center Dwight Howard has asked the team to fire Coach Stan Van Gundy. The well-placed source? Stan Van Gundy. "I know he has," Van Gundy said Thursday, in a moment of jaw-dropping candor hours before the Magic played the Knicks at the Amway Center. Asked how he knew that the long-circulating rumor was true, Van Gundy said: "I was told it was true by people in our management. So, you know, right from the top."
What happened next was just plain surreal.
"It’s 12:02 right now," Van Gundy said. "If they want to fire me at 12:05 I’ll go home and find something to do. I’ll have a good day." Then Howard appeared, apparently unaware of what his coach had just said. Some awkward small talk ensues and it’s clear that Howard still doesn’t know what just happened, setting up the walk-off line as Van Gundy throws Howard to the wolves: "Are you guys done with me? You can talk to him now."
When the press asked Howard about it, apparently he demanded to know the source, ...which of course was his coach.
"I said that?" Howard said, a look of bemusement on his face. "Who'd I say that to? I'm asking you, since you guys got so many sources." "Your coach said he heard it from management," a reporter replied, as Howard bobbed his head back and forth, thinking he had his audience right where he has the Magic, in the palm of his hand. "I didn't hear anything," Howard said.
Crazy times in Orlando.