Stan Van Gundy came out andÂ publiclyÂ declared that he knewÂ his star player was trying to get him fired. A month later, the Orlando MagicÂ relieved SVG of his duties. But according to Dwight Howard, this hadÂ nothing to do with Dwight Howard.
Â â€œOrlando Magic superstar Dwight Howard says he had nothing to do with the teamâ€™s decision to fire head coach Stan Van Gundy. â€˜I hate to see anyone lose their job.â€™ Howard â€” whoâ€™s still rehabbing from back surgery in L.A. â€” was out in Beverly Hills [Thursday] morning when we asked how he felt about his coachâ€™s recent termination. â€˜Me and Stan, we had our ups and downs but for the most part we had one goal, to win a championship in Orlando, but we fell short.â€™
When asked about speculation that he had a role in the decision to can Stan, Howard said, â€˜Iâ€™m glad [Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins] confirmed I had nothing to do with it.â€™ Howard is also concerned about an interview scheduled to air on ESPN [Friday] night â€” telling us it was shot back in April â€¦ and insists the content is â€˜old and inaccurate.â€™ Though Howard didnâ€™t say which part of the interview he was referring to specifically, he did warn, â€˜A lot of stuff has changed since then.â€™â€