Friday, April 13th, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  16 responses

Dwight Howard Claims He Didn’t Ask for Stan Van Gundy to Be Fired

Dwight Howard once again faced the press and denied having gone to Orlando Magic management and asking for his coach to be canned (an opinion not shared by Stan Van Gundy.) From the Orlando Sentinel: “Howard made his denial [Thursday] in a one-on-one interview with ESPN’s Hannah Storm. Clearly, the Magic and Howard hope that the interview will start to repair some of the damage to his reputation [...] : Storm: ‘Tell me about that day when Stan Van Gundy told the media that you had gone to upper management and asked for him to get fired — from the moment you walked into the room unaware of what had taken place.’ Howard: ‘Totally unaware; you know, I didn’t know what was going on. To be honest, the day before I saw some stuff come out where it was said, from sources, that I demanded that Stan get out of there. And I was like, ‘That’s crazy’. I never even said anything about it.’ Storm: ‘So you never asked for him to be fired?’ Howard: ‘No, no. So when it was said, I was just like, in shock, I was in shock.’ Storm: ‘How does something like that happen? If you never made the request, then who told him that the request had been made?’ Howard: ‘I have no idea. I have no idea. You know, but …’ Storm: ‘Did that bother you?’ Howard: ‘Did that bother me? You know, it did, it did. I got a lot of negative press out of the whole situation. You know, ‘Coach killer, this or that.’ And it was just bizarre how the whole thing happened. You know, but, I haven’t said anything this season — to anybody in management about, you know, you need to do this with Stan, or vice versa; they never said we’ll do this for you.’ Storm: ‘Have you said it in past seasons?’ Howard: ‘Have I said it before? Ahh … Being upset, yea, I’ve said it, you know, but I’ve always come back and said I’ll do a better job, I’ll take more of a hit, I’ll lead better, I’ll do everything I can to get better.’ Storm: ‘What is it about the dynamic that is difficult?’ Howard: ‘I think me and Stan, we both have just strong, strong personalities. And at the end of the day we both want the same thing; we’ve sat in the office, we’ve had talks, and our goal is to win a championship.’ Storm: ‘What did he say to you?’ Howard: ‘Um, well he felt like what he did was out of line. And like I told him, after everything that went down, whatever was said was said. That’s over and done with; from this day forward let’s try to be on the same page so we can lead our team.’ Storm: ‘If you could look back over the last year and do anything differently, would you?’ Howard: ‘The only thing I could probably say that I could have done better is probably just keep my mouth shut more.’”

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  • FLIGHT 9

    Shut the f^^K up Dwight Coward and just expand your game!!! Stan u suck though….

  • Marc

    Easy to call someone a coward over the internet. lol

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    I am tired of Howard, should have stayed with his demand for a trade. Still would love for him to be a Laker, with his defense, but man he talks to much.

  • AsadSaleh3

    Just stop, Dwight. It’s out now. If he was smart, he’d be with Deron Williams in New Jersey.

  • Chris

    Why won’t anybody just ask him the one question he doesn’t want: “So, if you never said you wanted Stan fired, are you saying that STAN is lying, or that Stan was lied to by management? If you’re not lying, one of them has to be, right?”

  • Detroit Dave

    I HATE this ni99a…cant he jus NOT talk to the media???

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/39910/knicks-will-miss-lin-during-playoff-push Paul H

    It’s offficial DWIGHT COWARD IT IS.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-ray

    Ah so now we have a way to make fun of Howard’s character by using a play on his last name. Very original I like it.

  • @boweezy24

    Me Too ^_^

  • FLIGHT 9

    Thanks GUYS!!!! hahahaha

  • greg

    language is an interesting thing. might say he never asked them to fire stan, but it could have been a question like ” would you prefer we go forward with or without svg?” and he said without. he could have said it via text message… didnt technicly say anything. why didnt they just trade him for bynum when they had the chance?

  • FLIGHT 9

    They ain’t gonna win when both are still together next year….

  • robb

    ‘ …Just keep my mouth shut more.’ Make it happen Dwight!

  • Bawse

    Stan Vangundy was a jerk for going to the media with this. It was only to make his case in the public courts. What is Dwight suppose to say? Yes I asked to get him fired? Then go back to practice with him there and ohhh play games with him coaching? I use to like Stan but he is too much into the theatrics of “coaching” and not doing his job. If he would shut up more his players would like him.

  • http://slamonline.com p

    just shut up!!!!!!!

  • shuttlesworth

    the most hated player(MHP)of the year-dwight howard or lamar odom?