Despite being considered one of the elite coaches in the NBA and easily becoming the most successful coach the history of the Orlando Magic, Stan Van Gundy likely won’t be retained by the club.
In a now famous video, Van Gundy let it be known that superstar Center Dwight Howard wanted Van Gundy fired.
Although there have been persistent rumors Howard still wants out of Orlando and his preferred destination supposedly remains Brooklyn, the Magic will likely continue to try to persuade Howard to sign a long-term contract extension with the Magic. That likely means parting with Van Gundy (and General Manager Otis Smith).
Based on his attitude over the course of the season, if the Magic do want to get rid of Van Gundy, the feeling may be mutual. Van Gundy was fed up with the drama of this season and may want to take a year off or even look for another job – he’d clearly be the top coach on the market.
If Van Gundy is indeed fired, the question becomes who replaces him? We’ve got a few candidates.
Click here to see the list of potential candidates.
(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger, ESPN Florida’s Magic Insider (http://ESPNFlorida.com) and is the co-host of the ESPNFlorida.com Insiders Show Sunday mornings at 10:00 am EST. Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Facebook and follow him onTwitter to follow him daily. You can download the HTD app here)