HoopsHype Otis Smith rumors


April 6, 2012 Updates

Van Gundy told reporters that he expects to finish the season in Orlando and said that he would be on the team flight to Philadelphia tomorrow. Van Gundy and Howard met with Magic general manager Otis Smith on Thursday afternoon and discussed the drama. “He and I met with Otis,” Van Gundy said. “Look, we’ve been together all this year. We’ve been together for five years. We know each other very well. Dwight will go out there and play and I’ll go out there and coach. That’s the understanding. We know that.” HoopsWorld

April 4, 2012 Updates

Both Van Gundy and Smith are under contract through 2012-13. Martins insists that he did not make any specific promises to Howard to convince Howard to waive his early-termination option. "Nothing specific has been pledged," Martins said. "The conversations all centered around wanting the same thing, and that's to win a championship, and the only pledge made is that we will do what it takes to win a championship. "Rumors happen in our league every single day, and coaches and players work through those rumors. I think, as I've said several times, that our coaches and our players have done an incredibly commendable job working through every rumor that we've had this season, every speculation that we've had this season, every concern about whether a specific player would be traded or not traded. For us to have the fifth-best record in the NBA [at the trade deadline] with all that swirling around, to me, is a great testament to our coaches and our players." Orlando Sentinel

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Although Dwight Howard may be having another stellar season -- headed for his fifth consecutive All-NBA first team honor -- Magic general manager Otis Smith made it clear that he still wants more from him. Smith wants more leadership from his star player, calling him out publically during a local radio show interview Thursday. "Whether he wants the role [as leader], or they want to give him the role, he has the role," Smith said. "There are no ifs, ands or buts about it, and unfortunately, it falls on your best player, and you're going to get from him whatever you're going to get." CBSSports.com

Smith has talked to Howard several times about assuming more of a leadership role, but Howard hasn't always responded. Although Howard usually leads by example -- he has been the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year the last three seasons -- Smith wants him more vocal and holding teammates more accountable. Howard, though, is not confrontational by nature, and he wants teammates to like him, which is not always in the team's best interest. "So whether he wants the role, or not, he has to assume the role. Now, everybody who has the role, it doesn't necessarily mean they know how to deal with the role. But it's his," Smith said. "And he has to learn how to do that." CBSSports.com

March 27, 2012 Updates

Sentinel: Last time you and I spoke for a Q-and-A like this, back in January in Sacramento, I asked you about Stan Van Gundy and his demeanor on the sideline. He still has not recorded a technical foul this season. Is that gratifying to you considering that he often credits you for prompting him to be less demonstrative? Otis Smith: I don't know if I'd measure the change by his technical fouls, because sometimes technical fouls are warranted; a coach needs to get a technical foul sometimes. However, with him and his demeanor on the sidelines and his communication with his players and those types of things, I think those are where I see the most improvement in him. I always say, "We kind of are what we are." And so all we can do is fine-tune some things, and that's all we really talk about: just fine-tuning. Orlando Sentinel

Sentinel: For months and months, one of the first things I and reporters like me would ask you about would be Dwight Howard's future. For now, at least, it seems like the focus is on basketball. Is that a relief? Is it refreshing? Otis Smith: It's about the same. Nothing really changes. You've got to remember I have to forecast beyond what you guys see. It's OK that you guys are shortsighted; so you only see one thing at a time. That's fine. But I have to forecast beyond that. The term "general manager" means something. It means you generally manage all of it. And that's what you kinda have to do. So I think things are going good. I think we're still having to forecast and try to put our team together not only for just this current [season] but moving forward. Orlando Sentinel

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Magic executives, including CEO Alex Martins, GM Otis Smith and owner Rich DeVos, were expecting Howard to lead off the conversation Wednesday night -- hours after Howard had informed a high-ranking team official that he wanted to sign the ETO waiver, commit to Orlando and not be traded. But when the Magic officials got on the call, the first voice they heard was Fegan's, according to a person who was briefed on the call. Fegan spoke for about 10 minutes, the person said, informing team officials that Howard was not willing to relinquish his ability to become a free agent after the season. When it was Howard's turn, all he could muster was a plea for DeVos and the Magic brass to "trust" that things would work out. "Then you're watching the game," a person familiar with the chronology of events said, "and you're thinking, 'Oh my God, this is his last game.' " CBSSports.com

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