(Image Source: Dwight Howard Official Website)

BY ANDREW CARTER

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

New details have leaked — turning yet another juicy page in the Dwight Howard drama. WKMG has the details.
 

“Magic Center Dwight Howard called Magic owner Rich Devos Friday night telling the 86-year-old that he will no longer play for Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy.”

Howard reportedly made the phone call while sitting in a hotel room during the Magic-Hawks game. Howard is currently nursing a herniated disk in his back — and may be out for the playoffs.

But CBS Sports writer Gregg Doyel isn’t so sure. He says Howard’s back injury may just be his way of quitting on coach Stan Van Gundy.

“Dwight Howard says he might not be able to play again this season, even into the playoffs, because of his back. That's what he says, so I guess we're supposed to believe him.”

Why doubt it? Van Gundy publicly stated last month that Howard wanted him fired. This coach-and-player feud has sparked debate amongst sports analysts. Here’s ESPN’s First Take.

“I can’t be on the side of someone who ultimately may be quitting on their team.”

“I would not blame him right now for quitting on that coach. You wouldn’t blame him? Nope, I would not. This is no little beef, this is no little coach riff.”

NBC Sports says, whether or not Howard sits or plays, makes all the difference in a playoff draw.

“Right now, every team in the East is trying to figure out if there is a way they can play the Magic in the first round.”

If it is a feud, and not injury sidelining Howard, an analyst for Fox Sports Network says it wouldn’t be shocking.

“Bill Fitch. Captain Video. We are video Sessions and Larry Bird got fed up with that. he was gone. Doug Collins and Michael Jordan. So, Carmelo and Mike D’antoni. We’ve seen this movie before, we’ve seen this before, it’s happened before in the NBA.”

When the Orlando Sentinel asked Van Gundy about the new reports of Howard’s rumored phone call to ownership, Van Gundy said he had -- no comment.

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Apr 20, 2012

Howard Allegedly Asked Owner to Fire Van Gundy

(Image Source: Dwight Howard Official Website)

BY ANDREW CARTER

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

New details have leaked — turning yet another juicy page in the Dwight Howard drama. WKMG has the details.
 

“Magic Center Dwight Howard called Magic owner Rich Devos Friday night telling the 86-year-old that he will no longer play for Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy.”

Howard reportedly made the phone call while sitting in a hotel room during the Magic-Hawks game. Howard is currently nursing a herniated disk in his back — and may be out for the playoffs.

But CBS Sports writer Gregg Doyel isn’t so sure. He says Howard’s back injury may just be his way of quitting on coach Stan Van Gundy.

“Dwight Howard says he might not be able to play again this season, even into the playoffs, because of his back. That's what he says, so I guess we're supposed to believe him.”

Why doubt it? Van Gundy publicly stated last month that Howard wanted him fired. This coach-and-player feud has sparked debate amongst sports analysts. Here’s ESPN’s First Take.

“I can’t be on the side of someone who ultimately may be quitting on their team.”

“I would not blame him right now for quitting on that coach. You wouldn’t blame him? Nope, I would not. This is no little beef, this is no little coach riff.”

NBC Sports says, whether or not Howard sits or plays, makes all the difference in a playoff draw.

“Right now, every team in the East is trying to figure out if there is a way they can play the Magic in the first round.”

If it is a feud, and not injury sidelining Howard, an analyst for Fox Sports Network says it wouldn’t be shocking.

“Bill Fitch. Captain Video. We are video Sessions and Larry Bird got fed up with that. he was gone. Doug Collins and Michael Jordan. So, Carmelo and Mike D’antoni. We’ve seen this movie before, we’ve seen this before, it’s happened before in the NBA.”

When the Orlando Sentinel asked Van Gundy about the new reports of Howard’s rumored phone call to ownership, Van Gundy said he had -- no comment.

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