Friday, December 23rd, 2011 at 10:40 am  |  8 responses

Dwight Howard on Stan Van Gundy: ‘Relationship Has to Grow’

As if the Orlando Magic didn’t have enough problems this season with the Dwight Howard trade situation, now they gotta deal with the continuing tension between the superstar center and head coach Stan Van Gundy. Reports the Orlando Sentinel: “Howard and Van Gundy spoke for over an hour last week, and while the full details of that conversation remain unclear, they hope the talk will help change how they interact during games. Howard and co-captain Jameer Nelson want more freedom to police teammates during games, and Howard also wants Van Gundy to be less negative. Van Gundy insists he would ‘love’ that. ‘Our job is to lead the guys on the court,’ Howard said Thursday, referring to himself and Nelson. ‘We both have our ways that we lead the team, and they follow. The main thing is that people have to see that me and Stan are on the same page and we’re not bumping heads. Then everything else will fall in line.’ [...] ‘I’ve got to set the standards, and I’ve got to make sure that they’re adhered to in terms of guys playing hard and playing together and doing what we’re supposed to do,’ Van Gundy said. ‘If our players can take most of the leadership in that regard and police each other in terms of effort and things like that, that’s all the better. I would love that. I think that’s an ideal situation. And then when I see things I don’t like, I’ve got to step in.’ [...] Howard often has said he likes Van Gundy as a person, but he has contended that Van Gundy’s coaching style can have an adverse effect. ‘One thing I told Stan is that our relationship, we have to have a great relationship,’ Howard said. ‘Our relationship has to grow in order for this team to go to where we want to get to.’”

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  • T-Money

    man… dwight is kinda b-tch made. either you bounce or your stay. what’s with this i-want-to-lead-this-team-but-my-trade-request-is-still-on-the-table BS?!

  • Mike

    Not sure about everybody else but to me this guy is the biggest whiner in the league. He expects everything to be catered to him 100%. “Stan has to coach to my liking, Otis has to get the guys in that I want…”He also thinks he should be getting all the shots to when he isnt even a very good offensive player. Oh and the fact that him and Jameer are best friends is what kills that team. Jameer Nelson is a horrible, small point guard who thinks he’s a shooting guard. I think it would be funny to see Dwight go to the lakers just so that Kobe could tell him to shut the hell up and get in line.

  • bull22

    d12, what you need to do is focus on winning ball games and continuing to
    improve as a player, all your crying and whining is a distraction that will have your team distracted and finishing as a 7th seed in the conference or out of playoffs.

  • Ldub20

    Make the trade. He will be gone next year anyways..regardless of who they bring in. I dont think what D12 is saying is wrong, I just think the way he is saying it is rubbing ppl the wrong way. I want to stay (which i believe)…but i want to leave (which i also believe). Dude is still young, and I dont feel he really knows what he wants. Its like he wants everyone to love him, but if he goes to another team, he wont have that love. So I think personally hes just stuck right now. And being young doesnt really help.

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com yada

    dwight is trying to find reason to stay there. i HONESTLY believe regardless of what a guy who is an up and coming free agent does ppl will find wrong in his decision or the “way he handled things”

  • Allenp

    He is trying to avoid getting LeBroned because he is soft. That is the problem.
    to be honest nobody wants.to.get lebroned and lebron is still shook that it happened to him.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    cosign ^^ He has to just make the trade tho

  • Justin G.

    I can’t believe how much of a whiner this guy has turned into. Agree with T-Money and Mike 100%