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LIES, LEAKS, AND LETDOWNS
With little or no emotion, he stood firmly in front of an array of microphones, as if he was saying “Et tu, Brute?” (Even you, Brutus?)when the 3-time Defensive Player of the Year cautiously placed his long arms around him with a silly smirk on his face.
Then, slowly, metaphorically, Van Gundy removed “the knife out his back” before slipping away, leaving Howard standing uncomfortably alone in order to face a firing squad of questions.
The happy-go-lucky Howard, unfortunately, did not know that proir to him coming out of the locker room to meet his head coach that Van Gundy had “thrown him under the bus.”
THE THREE STOOGES
For that reason a only, it looked like a comedy scene from the Three Stooges.
Van Gundy was Moe.
Howard was Larry.
And Otis Smith was Curly.
Yes, Howard (Larry) had just gotten slapped with a handful of unexpected truth from (Moe) Coach Van Gundy, who slipped out leaving him looking like a “deer caught in the headlights.”
And afterwards, while rubbing his head, (Curly) Otis Smith was stuck with the difficult tasks of trying to make sense of it all.
“We are, where we are.” Smith explained.
This was just another strange espiode in a season filled with shennigans.
It all started with the long, drawn out trade-talk, in which Howard held the Magic hostage before professing his loyalty to the organization and staff.
But now many fans question Howard’s loyalty, especially with this last incident.
As a result, many sports columnist feel that Van Gundy’s and Howard’s relationship has been tainted forever and can’t not be repaired.
FIRE OR TRADE
Therefore, the only solution for the Magic’s management is to fire or trade someone.
And with this being a player’s league, Van Gundy’s job is in danger, despite having the fourth best winning percentage in the NBA amongst active coaches.
If Van Gundy is fired, it won’t be the first time a player has gotten his head coach cut from the team.
For instance, the most infamous player-coach firing involved Michael Jordan and Doug Collins in 1989.
Then, there was Deron Williams, who allegedly got Jerry Sloan fired in Utah.
And recently, Carmelo and D’antoni in New York.
In Howard’s immaturity, however he must realize that it really doesn’t matter who is coaching him, if he is not playing to his fullest potential every night.
But if Van Gundy is fired, maybe assistant coach Patrick Ewing will get an opportunity to make a difference in Orlando as a head coach.
BACK TO BACK
Ironically, with all of the alleged backstabbing taking place in the locker room, Howard, almost on que, has been sidelined by a lower back injury as the Magic cliched a postion in the NBA playoffs.
Howard, who is suffering from a herninated disks, could possibly be out of the starting line-up for six to 12 weeks.
With Howard injured, his trade stock could be diminishing and Van Gundy’s days could be numbered.
Stay tuned, there’s more drama around the corner.