Stan Van Gundy Rumors

Let’s go back to your decision to fire Stan. You speak of him in very respectful tones that can be rare when it comes time for change. How difficult was that decision? Tom Gores: “It was tough — one of the tougher ones I’ve made in a lot of years. It was emotional because Stan’s a good man. He’s not only a good man, he was a hard-working guy. He also made progress for us. We lost momentum at the end.”
Tom Gores: “Stan and I took a couple weeks and we met. It was clear that we had lost momentum and we had some front-office dynamics that I think complicated things. Because of all that, it just pointed to let’s make a change. It was the right thing for both of us, but I don’t take away what he helped us establish — or him as a person — at all.”
Stan Van Gundy had just confirmed a report that Dwight Howard wanted him out in the midst of Orlando’s losing streak. That’s when Howard, he said on ESPN’s The Jump, was advised to go show support for the embattled coach. “The first question is like ‘Dwight, they said you wanted to get Stan fired.’ I was like ‘Oh, my God,’ ” Howard recalled. “That was literally the worst day of my life. We had a game that night. And that was the worst game I ever played. Like, I could not hit the basket for nothing. And you would have thought – I don’t know what was going on that night, but it was the worst ever.”
The problem was, Van Gundy had confirmed to the gathered pack of media a report that Howard had sought his firing from the Orlando Magic. On Thursday, six years later, Howard recalled the moment in a guest appearance on ESPN’s The Jump, repeatedly calling it part of “the worst day of my life.” “The first question is like ‘Dwight, they said you wanted to get Stan fired.’ I was like ‘Oh, my God,’ ” Howard recalled. “That was literally the worst day of my life. We had a game that night. And that was the worst game I ever played. Like, I could not hit the basket for nothing. And you would have thought — I don’t know what was going on that night, but it was the worst ever. “So man, shout out to Stan, man. Shout out to Stan, man.”
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Howard recalled the moment in a guest appearance on ESPN’s The Jump, repeatedly calling it “the worst day of my life.” “The first question is like ‘Dwight, they said you wanted to get Stan fired.’ I was like ‘Oh, my God,’ ” Howard recalled. “That was literally the worst day of my life. We had a game that night. And that was the worst game I ever played. Like, I could not hit the basket for nothing. And you would have thought — I don’t know what was going on that night, but it was the worst ever. So man, shout out to Stan, man. Shout out to Stan, man.”
1 month ago via ESPN