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Magic prepared to sacrifice Van Gundy?

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08:21 AM ET 02.27 | Often, the machinations behind a trade run layers deeper than the public knows -- which may be at play in the case of Dwight Howard in Orlando. An acutely wired-in source says he has heard there may be a more ominous purpose to keep the status quo. It's no secret Howard (and others) is dying to distance himself from the sound of Stan Van Gundy's tedious screeching. Might management be willing to sacrifice a measly coach to accommodate their centrifugal force? It certainly wouldn't be a franchise first. Owner Richard DeVos approved Brian Hill's firing when Penny Hardaway led an uprising, ignited the previous season by Shaquille O'Neal, whose mantra to management was, "We can't get to the next level with this guy."

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February 27, 2012  08:39 AM ET

Live video from Altun Ha?

February 27, 2012  08:41 AM ET

Not his fault, firing him will not keep Dwight around so why bother? The team as currently constructed can not win a title, that's why he is leaving. Has nothing to do with SVG.

February 27, 2012  08:46 AM ET

P.Ewing !

February 27, 2012  09:14 AM ET

It's no secret Howard (and others) is dying to distance himself from the sound of Stan Van Gundy's tedious screeching.

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His annoying voice would irritate anyone after about 2 practices

February 27, 2012  09:15 AM ET

I could imagine SVG getting fired

Otis: Sorry stan, but it's just time for us to part ways
SVG: WHAT??? ARE YOU KIDDING ME, THIS IS BULL SPIT!!!!
Otis: (after wiping off Stan's spit) See, that's the reason we fired you....

February 27, 2012  09:16 AM ET

I could imagine SVG getting fired

Otis: Sorry stan, but it's just time for us to part ways
SVG: WHAT??? ARE YOU KIDDING ME, THIS IS BULL SPIT!!!!
Otis: (after wiping off Stan's spit) See, that's the reason we fired you....

February 27, 2012  09:16 AM ET

Damn Lag...

February 27, 2012  09:33 AM ET

So who are they gonna replace him with? I don't see a whole 'lotta options out there.

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February 27, 2012  09:39 AM ET

So who are they gonna replace him with? I don't see a whole 'lotta options out there.

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February 27, 2012  09:48 AM ET

centrifugal force?




Frank Zappa would approve this quote.

February 27, 2012  09:58 AM ET

Management Needs A Scapegoat, Bro.

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February 27, 2012  10:14 AM ET

Doesn't matter if they do ax Van Gundy, Howard is on his last leg in Orlando. He will be gone directly!!

February 27, 2012  10:39 AM ET

Otis should be the one on the block.

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