Kind of saw this one coming. The Orlando Magic announced that they are firing coach Stan Van Gundy and general manager Otis Smith. Other NBA coaches take note this is what happens when you don’t make it to second round of the playoffs two years in a row. It’s also doesn’t help that Van Gundy and star Dwight Howard had been fighting. Howard really wanted Van Gundy gone and I guess he got his wish. Maybe a new coach will buy more the Magic more time with Howard.
The refs will be happy to see Van Gundy leave. He was voted as one of the most annoying coach by Sports Illustrated in 2011. He was fiery and often distracting force on the sidelines. Van Gundy leaves with a 259-135 record and 31-28 in the playoffs. To make things easier maybe Howard can just pick the new coach.