One word: AWKWARD!
I think Van Gundy knows he is a dead coach walking, and I respect him for being real about it – consequences be damned. And by the way, I think the Magic would be making a terrible mistake if they did fire him.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not a Van Gundy apologist per se. I do think that he is a whiner. I do have a problem with his tendency to throw his players under the bus.
Having said that, I do think Van Gundy is one helluva coach who won’t stay unemployed for long. His record while coaching the Magic speaks for itself.
As for Howard, I think he is setting up the Magic for years of failure.
Let’s make something clear: he will NOT be with the Magic long term. Everyone – including Howard himself – knows that but Orlando. The Magic should have traded his ass at the trade deadline when they had the chance.
The only reason why Howard decided to keep his option for the final year of his contract is because he desperately wants to be liked. As I said earlier, he really wants to leave Orlando. He just doesn’t want to be hated for doing so.
And when he does leave after next season, the Magic will be in shambles. It will have lost Howard for NOTHING in return. The Magic would likely not have as good of a coach as Van Gundy. And who on that roster scares opposing teams?
This is why a sports organization should never, EVER let a star player dictate its next move. The Orlando Magic is going to get played big time.