- David Thorpe, NBA
When Stan Van Gundy revealed two weeks ago he was told by Orlando Magic "management" that Dwight Howard had requested that he be terminated, Van Gundy verified what many had already long suspected, despite Howard's repeated denials. The charade appeared to be over.
This drama resurfaced Thursday after an Orlando-area TV station WKMG reported Howard called Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos to tell him he will not play for Van Gundy anymore. ESPN has not confirmed the report. Multiple league sources also have disputed the report, as have Howard's representatives.
Whether or not Howard did call DeVos, it is troublesome to see a player and coach associated with this kind of public back and forth.
The news was not nearly as shocking as much as Van Gundy's candor two weeks ago. The idea that players can possess the power to have their coach fired flies in the face of conventional wisdom. However, it does happen from time to time in different manifestations. But should it happen?
David Thorpe says Dwight Howard's credibility has taken a massive hit and it will be hard for him to recover.