Van Gundy: Magic Handled Howard Poorly
“Our organization didn’t handle it very well.”
That was Stan Van Gundy talking to 790 The Ticket in Miami about the Dwight Howard saga.
Ya think, Stan?
Van Gundy was fired after the season from his job as head coach of the Magic, largely because of the completely messed up situation with Howard. We all know what happened. Howard wanted to be traded, then he wanted Van Gundy fired, then there was that awkward interview where Van Gundy told everyone he knew but Howard didn’t know he knew, then Howard waived his early termination option, then had back surgery and missed the playoffs, then Van Gundy and general manager Otis Smith were indeed fired.
And then Howard didn’t back off his trade request finally getting his ticket out of town in a four-team deal with the Lakers.
How does Van Gundy feel about the whole thing?
“Well I’d like to have a job. That’d be nice. That’s not a great feeling. We just got caught up in a bad situation and our organization didn’t handle it very well. Because of that I would say we probably deserve a lot of what happened as an organization and certainly not the other players. I thought those guys…I felt badly for them, a group that worked hard and was very professional all year long and didn’t deserve everything that happened, but from our organization especially the people at the very top it just wasn’t handled very well, so you get what you deserve.”