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By Rashid S. Umar
Orlando Magic star center, Dwight Howard, has reportedly refused to play for his current coach Stan Van Gundy.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Howard called team owner Rich DeVos in his suite during the Magic’s game against the Atlanta Hawks last Friday and told him he would no longer play for Van Gundy.
Howard is still upset that Van Gundy publicly said this month that Howard asked management to have him fired, sources told WKMG.
Van Gundy has since dismissed the reports of a feud telling the Sentinel, ““I make nothing of them and I have no comment.”
This is the latest development in what has turned into a soap opera-type season with Howard and the Magic.
Earlier this season, Howard had quietly demanded a trade out of Orlando, but moments before the trade deadline he had a change of heart. Several weeks later, “Superman” had reportedly demanded that Van Gundy and team president Otis Smith be fired, a report that the coach told members of the media. Howard denied such conversation had taken place. Recently, Howard has missed six straight games with back spasms and is now out for the rest of the regular season and his availability for the playoffs is still a question at this point.
What are your thoughts about this ongoing soap opera saga in Orlando?