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.”
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Howard told The Jump he had been standing aside as Van Gundy talked to reporters, when some of the media advised him to show that he was OK with Van Gundy. “They said, ‘Hey you should go put your arm around Stan and let everybody know you all are OK,’ ” Howard said. “So I was like ‘OK, I don’t have a problem with Stan.’ So I go out there, put my arm around Stan, he says a little line, I say something, and he just jets out of there.”
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