|Magic Fire Stan Van Gundy, Part Ways With GM|
For all the drama that has occurred in Orlando this season, the firing of Stan Van Gundy comes as no surprise. It seemed the coach was on borrowed time since reports emerged that Dwight Howard claimed Van Gundy had to go. Orlando made two key moves today, firstly firing their coach of five-years, and mutually parting with six-year General Manager Otis Smith. Magic CEO Alex Martins said the search for replacements for both would begin immediately and that they hope to have the positions filled by the NBA Draft in late-June.
Van Gundy did not comment on the matter other than to say he was proud of his time in Orlando.
"Don't really want to comment except to say that I am really proud of what we accomplished over the past five years and I look forward to whatever comes next," Van Gundy said in a text message to the Orlando Sentinel.
In early April, Van Gundy claimed top-ranking team officials had told him that Howard had asked management to fire Van Gundy as a condition of the center signing a long-term contract beyond 2013. Howard denied it, but not before an awkward press conference the day of the breaking news that made headlines.
Smith was the man behind the moves that helped the Magic reach the Finals in 2009 but has made many questionable moves since then, including trading for Vince Carter and Gilbert Arenas. Both are no longer with the Magic.
|Last Updated ( Monday, 21 May 2012 23:53 )|