Magic fire coach Stan Van Gundy; GM also gone For months the Orlando Magic have been trudging through the aftermath of a preseason trade request by Dwight Howard that sapped the life out of the franchise as internal team issues quickly affected the product on the floor. Stan Van Gundy Fired By the Orlando Magic Dwight Howard finally got his way. Stan Van Gundy out in Orlando The Magic fired coach Stan Van Gundy and split with general manager Otis Smith on Monday, the culmination of a season in which Orlando was ensnared in a long-running soap opera with Dwight Howard and made another first-round playoff exit. Stan Van Gundy Firing Will Leave Orlando Magic As Only Losers in Dwight Howard Saga BOSTON -- In a public quarrel between an NBA player and an NBA coach, the player will almost always win. Stan Van Gundy surely knew this, which is why he seemed unsurprised on that April day when he disclosed that a source in the Orlando Magic front office had informed him that star center Dwight Howard wanted him fired. Van Gundy was just as unmoved Monday, when the team dismissed him, along ... Magic fire coach Stan Van Gundy; GM Otis Smith also leaving The moves came Monday after the team's second straight first-round playoff exit. Orlando went 37-29 in the regular season, but stumbled in the Eastern Conference playoffs following a rash of late-season injuries. Stan Van Gundy fired by Magic The Magic fired coach Stan Van Gundy and split with general manager Otis Smith on Monday, the culmination of a season in which Orlando was ensnared in a long-running soap opera with Dwight Howard and made another first-round playoff exit. Magic fire coach Stan Van Gundy Franchise has also mutually agreed to part ways with general manager Otis Smith With Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith Gone, Who Should Orlando Cut Ties with Next? - Fan Perspective After a tumultuous and lackluster season that cumulated in Orlando being ousted from the playoffs in the first round, it should have come as no surprise that the franchise would part ways with Head Coach Stan Van Gundy and GM Otis Smith. Both Van Gundy and Smith had a problematic relationship with superstar Dwight Howard this year which reverberated throughout the whole team in a negative way ... Stan Van Gundy Fired: A Letter from the City of Orlando Dear Stan, We've come a long way, haven't we? Nearly five years ago, you were brought in with the hopes you could lead our perennial bottom-dwelling team to the playoffs. You were a coach just forced out by the Miami Heat brass due to executive Pat Riley's decision to give coaching another try. We were a city with a franchise that was still reeling from the absences of Darrell Armstrong and ... Orlando Magic fire coach Stan Van Gundy, GM Otis Smith The Magic lost in the first round of the playoffs for the second straight year.
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