Source: Van Gundy didn’t Want to Lie
Only (Stan) Van Gundy wasn’t about to laugh along. He got out of there as quickly as he could, and left (Dwight) Howard alone to absorb the same kind of sucker punch he threw at his coach behind closed doors.
“Stan just didn’t want to lie anymore,” said one league source close to the situation. “Letting this linger has already ruined the season, and there’s so much more beyond this that’s going on behind closed doors. If nothing else, by exposing Dwight, Stan did the next head coach a huge favor. Now Howard has to be on his best behavior in Orlando, at least until he leaves.”
And yes, after all that opt-in, opt-out, opt-back-in drama, Howard will almost certainly leave the Magic sometime next year, probably for the Nets. Most superstars get to kill off only one coach, “and Dwight was also in on Brian Hill,” the league source said. “People forget that. Stan is the second coach he’s running out of there.”