Stan Van Gundy's status as head coach of the Orlando Magic has been up in the air for quite awhile, fair or not, due to his relationship with Dwight Howard among other things. It seems that whether the affable coach returns to Orlando's sidelines next year will be a hot topic going forward.
For the time being, though, Van Gundy says he isn't worried about what happens next. The best part is that he addressed the questions surrounding his future in the most SVG way possible.
"I want to come back, but that's not up to me," Van Gundy told reporters at the press conference following his team's loss in the first round of the playoffs at the hands of the Indiana Pacers. "As far as the speculation, I would say the same thing I've been saying all year: Who gives a damn?
"They'll make a decision when they make a decision. I'm not going to worry about it, I'll tell you that."
His attitude regarding the future seems a bit out there, but it's become par for the course, as he's been jerked around the last couple of seasons in Orlando. The always-excellent David Aldridge went into a bit of detail regarding what's going to happen next with the Magic, in a column posted at NBA.com on Wednesday morning.
But Van Gundy's demanding, relentless style soon became an issue for Howard and other players. General manager Otis Smith told Van Gundy he had to ease up and be more positive, and Van Gundy made a great effort to do so the last couple of years. But Orlando has not been able to get back near the top, losing in the first round each of the last two seasons.
The Magic traditionally take time after the season to make major decisions. Smith does not conduct the postseason "exit interviews" with players that most teams have, figuring everyone knows what happened during the year and needs time away from one another to decompress.
It'd be pretty unfortunate if Van Gundy were run out of the building just because the players don't like his style, but when teams are paying quite a bit more in salary to those on the court rather than the guys on the sideline directing them on what to do, it makes sense that ownership's loyalty doesn't always stay with the head coach.
Considering some of the antics around Dwight Howard this season, however, there are probably quite a few people on Team Van Gundy in this situation. After a second consecutive exit in the first round of the playoffs, though, it's not hard to see both sides of the coin.