The Orlando Magic have announced that coach Stan Van Gundy & general manager Otis Smith are both out.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) May 21, 2012
This isn’t much of a shocker, but the timing is a bit weird. The Orlando Magic have officially fired head coach Stan Van Gundy and parted ways with GM Otis Smith. Of course this means the team has decided to side with their superstar center Dwight Howard after the big man refused to play until the team fired Van Gundy.
Orlando Magic Chief Executive Officer Alex Martins announced the news on Orlando Magic’s official website.
“On behalf of the DeVos Family, we sincerely appreciate and thank Otis and Stan for all that they have done on and off the floor for the Orlando Magic,” said Martins. “These are the days you dread in this business, but we feel it’s time for new leadership and new voices.
“They both brought die-hard dedication and an unmatched work ethic on a daily basis,” added Martins. “Their success is well documented, as the Orlando Magic has had the fourth best record in the NBA over the last five years, and entering the playoffs this year the third most playoff wins over that period of time. The disappointment of getting eliminated in the first round of the playoffs these past two seasons played a primary role in our decision, as we feel our momentum towards winning a championship has paused. We wish Otis and Stan all the best and we look forward to taking the next step towards winning that championship.”
While he has had trouble getting along with NBA superstars, nearly everyone agrees that Stan Van Gundy is a great NBA coach. Nobody expects him to be without work for too long.
As you can see, almost every team would like to have Van Gundy as their head coach. Heck, even fans of the Miami Heat would love to have him back!
Well, okay. Maybe just ONE fan.
Still, you almost have to feel sorry for the coach.
Stay strong, Stan! Hopefully you’ll find another job soon.