Magic Fire Van Gundy and Smith
Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy and General Manager Otis Smith are fired.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: You got your wish Dwight. Now, let’s see you win.
Orlando took a long hard look in the mirror this off-season and didn’t like what they saw. They saw a team without a chance of challenging to win a championship, yet still shelling out big time money for players. They saw a team rebuild around a player (Dwight Howard) that wants out of Orlando. They saw a team were the franchise player attempts to leverage his position to get the coach fired.
Apparently, Orlando wants to wipe the slate clean and try again, so they canned coach Van Gundy and GM Smith.
Orlando’s season was basically DOA with Howard’s preseason trade request. This was only tempered by Howard’s father imploring the young All Star to stick around. This can’t last forever and the Magic are betting they need structural changes as well as personnel changes to make this team competitive.
CEO Martin stated “It’s time for a new leadership and a new approach,” Martins said at a news conference to discuss the moves. “We simply came to the decision that we were not on the right track.”
This came after the Magic’s second straight first round exit from the playoffs. Maybe Orlando do need a new coach? Maybe they do need a new GM? I can tell you one thing for sure though, Dwight Howard isn’t going to win any championships by himself in Orlando. His moaning and groaning is the new trend in the NBA, players believing they’re entitled to not only top dollar, but also the best teammates money can buy. Well, Dwight, you got your wish, Van Gundy is gone. Now, let’s see if you can win without him big fella.
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