Watching this team's theatrics makes HBO's "Hard Knocks" look tame and routine.
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And there could be more dramatic, surreal and captivating footage to come in this sneakered soap opera as questions loom:
If the Magic's ugly stretch of basketball continues, is Stan Van Gundy really guaranteed to finish out the season employed?
Let's have a show of hands: How many of you thought Van Gundy was a goner after he outed management about Dwight Howard's demand that he be fired?
Thinking his fate had been sealed, Van Gundy wasn't about to go quietly on this sinking ship as a lame-duck coach.
It's clear that he and Howard have agreed to play nice for the rest of the season. But what if the Magic continue to flounder the rest of the season? More losses, more tension with Howard and more lifeless players going through the motions could jeopardize a playoff run.
Stan's next outburst about getting back on defense might be his last. Injuries also complicate and cloud the situation, especially if Hedo Turkoglu is out until the playoffs.
(I hear Jim Mora screeching in my head: Playoffs!? Don't talk to me about playoffs!)
Dwight re-upped for another year, but what's to stop him from asking to be traded (again) this summer?
Howard was upset and humiliated by Van Gundy's bombshell last week, although he denied telling the front office he wanted the coach pink-slipped.
The embarrassing fiasco has all but put the Magic back to square one in their relationship with him. It might be easier to rebuild the old imploded arena.
At least Dwight and Stan now have something in common: They're disillusioned with the whole operation.
Management not only violated Howard's trust, but it didn't rush to his defense after Stan's disclosure, either.
The Magic want an answer this summer from Howard about signing a long-term deal to avoid another trade-me drama next season. They'll likely have to clean house first before approaching him on tiptoes and with a fruit basket.
When is it GM Otis Smith's turn to be roasted on the barbie?
Smith didn't get hit by any of the shrapnel from the Van Gundy-Howard explosion.
But when media and fans look at the Magic, they point to one problem in blaming Smith for the club's downfall since the '09 Finals: personnel, or lack thereof.
The email I receive about Smith is flammable.
Howard has lost faith in Smith, reminding everyone during his trade demand that he didn't have enough help to win a title. He openly threw Otis under the Greyhound.
Smith brought back Turkoglu (after deeming him too high-priced to keep in 2009) and re-signed Jason Richardson for four years, two veterans who've slumped this season. And the Magic are still without a go-to scorer and have no salary-cap room to significantly improve the roster.
Smith surely will hear from his critics at season's end. He told me he isn't worried about his job security. The ice he walks upon seems thin and cracking.
How can the postseason possibly end on a hopeful note?
I had a friend offer a scenario about the Magic reaching the Finals, the surprise finish making it impossible for Van Gundy and Smith to be fired and Howard to be traded. They'd all be stuck with one another!
Funny — but pure fantasy.
At this point, the Magic will be hard-pressed to overcome all the dysfunction and defensive lapses and make it past the first round.
A lot of 3-pointers might fall, and Howard could turn into Wilt Chamberlain II … but I can't see them beating Miami, Chicago or Boston in the playoffs.
And when a joyless season ends for a team put through the wringer, a summer of change begins.
Oh, yes, there are more hard knocks to come.