The Orlando Magic fired head coach Stan Van Gundy Monday in what many believed to be an attempt to appease all-star center Dwight Howard. Howard has yet to make any public comments on the firing, but reports have already surfaced that it hasn't helped.
It's probably best taken with a bit of skepticism until Howard issues some sort of statement -- he hasn't spoken to the media recently -- but former ESPN writer Chris Sheridan reports that "sources close to Howard" have indicated he wants out of Orlando ... regardless of the coaching staff.
But in fact, the source said, Howard wants out of Orlando more than he ever did before in order to start a new chapter of his career. And it is well-known throughout the league that the Magic do not want to endure another soap opera season like the one they just experienced.
It'll be interesting to see what kind of public stance Howard takes on the recent developments. It was made clear during the season that Howard and Van Gundy didn't get along, so one would assume a new coach would help matters in Orlando.