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Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  17 responses

Dwight Howard, Stan Van Gundy Working Together to Help Florida Public Schools


The Dwight Howard/Stan Van Gundy basketball partnership didn’t end well in Orlando — in fact, it ended horrifically for all involved. Improbably, though, the two men have agreed to work together for a worthwhile cause. Reports the Orlando Sentinel: “Van Gundy is the chairman of a political group in Seminole County called Citizens for Preservation of Property Values. The goal of the group is to increase property taxes in Seminole County to help preserve the area’s traditionally strong public school system — a system that has been decimated by $73 million in budget cuts over the past five years. In the Nov. 6 general election, Seminole voters will decide whether to approve a 1-mill increase in property taxes for four years beginning a year from now. The increase would bring in as much as $25 million annually to the school district. Van Gundy says Dwight, who was recently traded to the Lakers, is going to lend some financial backing to the cause. ‘Dwight has pledged his support,’ Van Gundy said. ‘He’s a resident of Seminole County, and he’s keeping his house here. I think his history will show that he’s had great concern for kids in the Central Florida community. With him still living here, we asked him to help and he didn’t hesitate.’ Surprisingly to some, both Stan and Dwight say they are on good terms and have been communicating regularly over the last several weeks. Van Gundy even texted Howard and wished him good luck after he was traded to L.A. ‘We are on good terms and always were,’ Van Gundy says. ‘Whatever our disagreements happened to be, they were on the professional level — they were about basketball and our jobs. Personally, we never had a problem. We liked each other. I have great admiration for the things Dwight did in the community and for the way he involved himself with kids. I really do want the best for him, and I think that’s mutual.’”

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  • Mackenzie

    Not awkward at all? The way Dwight handled his Orlando situation with coaching and trades vaulted him into my top 5 tools and spoiled babies lists in one swift motion

  • Caboose

    I applaud the support, but man Dwight, that seems just so shallow.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    man i told you when he skipped his own basketball camp. he didn’t even want to be associated with the Magic after how they treated him. Now that he is a Laker, he’s trying to get back in the good graces

  • Caboose

    It’s funny, Dwight is a villain, paired with a villainous star, on a villainous team, but he doesn’t want to be. Dude’s gonna get exhausted if he keeps trying to look like the “good guy” that he no longer is.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ^ this comment is so damn on point.

  • LakeShow

    “the “good guy” that he no longer is.”
    Care to re-phrase?
    I for one don’t think Dwight became evil immediately upon donning a Laker’s uni…

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Dwight asked for Stan to be fired. I’m surprised Stan didn’t take that personally. That doesn’t sound like just a business matter to me. I still remember hearing about Dwight meeting with Stan a few seasons ago and asking him to be more positive with the team. Seems a little sensitive to me. I think a tough coach is exactly what he needs. Mike Brown might not be that good for him even though it will be the kind of coaching he wants. Not necessarily what he needs. Kobe and Nash will be tougher on him than Mike will. Dude would hate playing for a coach like Coach Thibs. You have to wonder how Dwight’s psyche will do being on a team with a guy who’s booed in every road game (until he does something incredible and people cheer). He’s not going to do well trying to be the nice guy while playing with Kobe and a guy like Metta World Peace.

  • Caboose

    Dwight donning a Lakers uni is the equivalent of the Joker donning the makeup for the first time. Doesn’t change the man, just amplifies him.

  • LakeShow

    So you were wrong about Dwight then?

    He has always been a villain and now you are able to see it.
    Right?

  • LakeShow

    Sorry didn’t mean to take your ^ away from caboose lol.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    LOL you didn’t bruh. It only looks like that when you first press submit.

  • Caboose

    He’s been a villain the past 2 years. Was it beneath the surface? Yeah, and it wasn’t terribly prominent early in his career. 2010-11, I tried to deny it, I’ll admit that. Last year, you know I turned vitriolic in my attack on him.

  • LakeShow

    Alright, I see your view.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Only in America do you need all this bullsh!t just to get the government to fund something that’s f*cking PUBLIC. LOL, what a joke.

  • roscoe

    anything to help students is always a great thing, not a good thing, but a great thing.
    imo I believe dh12 has a good heart.

  • roscoe

    Superman is a good guy in my comic books

  • LakeShow

    We like him here in LA too. Funny how perception changes everything.

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