Stan Van Gundy said he knows his franchise player, Dwight Howard
, has asked that he be fired as coach of the Orlando Magic
, and get this: Van Gundy claimed his sources are better than any reporter's.
"I was told it was true by people in our management," Van Gundy said Thursday in the hours before the Magic hosted the New York Knicks
. "So right from the top."
In what had to be one of the most bizarre game-day scenes in NBA history, Van Gundy confirmed a WKMG-TV report that Howard is pushing for his ouster, and did so right before the center walked through a circle of news media members and embraced his coach. "They haven't told me anything," Van Gundy said of Orlando management, "and they don't need to. I'm the coach right now, and I'm the coach until they decide I'm not the coach. It's 12:02 right now. If they want to fire me at 12:05, I'll go home and find something to do. I'll have a good day."
Nobody has to go anywhere if they fire me," Van Gundy said. "I don't think (the players) are too worried about that. I don't take anybody with me&.When it comes out that one of the highest-profile players in the league has asked for his coach to be fired, it's going to be a story. ... But nobody needs to worry about me.
"I'll be fine. If I need to, I can get another job. I have money put away, so there's no concern about job security, and there shouldn't be any real concern about what Dwight wants right now, quite honestly. That's not what it's about."