Sunday, April 8th, 2012 at 8:50 am  |  13 responses

Report: Dwight Howard Wanted Brian Shaw or Michael Malone to Coach Orlando

Well, we found out that Dwight Howard wanted Stan Van Gundy out of Orlando, so perhaps it was just a matter of time before we found out who Dwight wanted to replace his (still current) head coach. His requests? Pacers assistant Brian Shaw or Warriors assistant Michael Malone, according to a report from Bright House Sports Network. More from BHSN: “Multiple sources close to Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard told Bright House Sports Network’s David Baumann that prior to the season, Howard indicated that he preferred the Magic would have hired Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw or Golden State Warriors assistant coach Michael Malone to replace current Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy. Magic assistant coach Brendon Malone is the father of Warriors assistant Michael Malone. ‘No, Michael was never asked,’ the elder Malone said, when asked recently if his son had any contact with the Orlando Magic about coming aboard this offseason. ‘But, he’s a great young coach and there are a lot of teams that want him.’ BHSN has learned that a discussion of a hypothetical head coaching change took place between Howard and recently resigned Magic CEO Bob Vander Weide, however, no offseason coaching change was made, which led to part of Howard’s growing frustration with the team. A phone call to Vander Weide was not immediately returned. ‘Dwight has nothing to do with the coach situation,’ according to Kevin Samples, Howard’s manager. When asked why a coaching change wasn’t made after the Magic were bounced in the first round of the playoffs last season, Samples said, ‘That’s a great question. You’ll have to ask Otis (Smith).’”

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  • thetalkingcomb

    Man, I’m sick of all this crap. I mean, it’s not even real scandalous, making the mess all the more sad. I miss Shawn Kemp! Gotta stick with KD now for likeable, talented, 6’10 and above athletes.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    will this drag on for a whole nother year?

  • http://www.blogspot.com LLC#12

    A year ago howard was one of my favourite NBA players, now I just can’t stand the guy.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Cosign LLC#12

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    I still love Dwight.

  • Justin G.

    What’s to love about him anymore? I agree with those that have been saying Lebron has to be loving this, with all of the negative attention this prima donna brings to himself. Just a classless, clueless, selfish jackass of a boy in a man’s body

  • http://www.starting5.com.au NM30

    Who cares about this diva ass girl and his excuses trade him to the wizards or bobcats

  • Clydesays

    The Magic are responsible for this mess. Once it was clear that Dwight wasn’t going to sign an extension, they should have worked a sign & trade. Just bad managment.

  • Jerome

    I’m sorry Clyde, the Magic org. Is not responsible for Dwight’s lack of everything it takes to be a man.

  • IamYOU

    Dwight Traveled!

  • RedRum

    I have to admit, Brian Shaw is a really good option. If he install the Triangle Dwight will thrive in it. Remember, the Triangle was first called Triple Post Offense and it is designed to take advantage of bigs. We best know it form the MJ and Kobe years, but its best implementation was running it with Shaq’s Lakers

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance DFrance21

    The Magic and Dwight are both to blame. Like Clyde says, they should have tried everything in their power to trade him, instead of trying to keep him when he obviously wanted out. Then Dwight should have stuck to his guns instead of caving into the pressure and staying another year.

  • J-Rod

    Give us a break…… Get rid of Dwight….. Immature mind in a man body. Grow up Dwight, remember you are an employee and the coach is your supervisor. It’s simple….get with the program.