Published On: Sat, Apr 7th, 2012

Power Play Between Stan Van Gundy and Dwight Howard

So who is telling the truth?

Head coach Stan Van Gundy of the Orlando Magic said on Thursday that team officials have disclosed that Magic superstar center Dwight Howard wanted him out of the team.

Van Gundy insists that he already knows that his star big man wanted him dismissed.

However, Howard denied that he wanted Van Gundy fired. “Whatever happens at the end of the season is not under my control. I am a player for the Magic. I am not the GM. I am not (owner) Rich DeVos I am not (Magic CEO) Alex Martins. So that’s not my job. So you guys should stop … every other week … trying to find something, because there’s nothing.”, Howard told reporters.

“I haven’t said anything to anybody about anything. Our main concern is winning. So all the other stuff should stop.”  

The soap opera within the Orlando Magic has not ended despite the passing of the trade deadline that saw Howard choosing to stay with the Magic at least for another season. The six-foot-eleven center has been known for his power play inside the lane but is now being accused of power play in the board room by no less than the head coach.

We may not know who is telling the truth but the team has been suffering from a five-game losing skid. This so-called power play may ultimately lead to self-destruction of the team.

One has to give in order to save the season… Howard is not our likely candidate to play hero this time.

About the Author

- is a former Entertainment News Editor at The University of Tennessee's independent student newspaper, the Daily Beacon. She acts on her passion to improve citizen journalism through various initiatives such as the OJO, Citizen Journalist League, the World Journalists Summit, and InterJOURN. Leslie is co-author and creative director of various citizen journalism books that is sold in the United States and the U.K.

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