Multiple sources close to Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard told Bright House Sports Network’s David Baumann that prior to the season, Howard indicated that he preferred the Magic would have hired Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw or Golden State Warriors assistant coach Michael Malone to replace current Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy.
Magic assistant coach Brendon Malone is the father of Warriors assistant Michael Malone. “No, Michael was never asked,” the elder Malone said, when asked recently if his son had any contact with the Orlando Magic about coming aboard this offseason. “But, he’s a great young coach and there are a lot of teams that want him.”
Baumann also has interesting quotes from Howard’s manager, Kevin Samples:
“Dwight has nothing to do with the coach situation,” according to Kevin Samples, Howard’s manager. When asked why a coaching change wasn’t made after the Magic were bounced in the first round of the playoffs last season, Samples said, “That’s a great question. You’ll have to ask Otis (Smith).”
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