Magic will make change

Ira Winderman

Sun Sentinel

Of course Stan Van Gundy won't keep his job with the Magic, and he's coaching them in name only now, simply collecting checks until someone, perhaps his "source" in the front office, puts him out of his misery by issuing him his sought-after golden pink slip.

The Magic will do what seemingly every team in sports does, go from a hard-driving coach to an easygoing type in a bid to change the culture and appease the restless. It will fail, of course, with Dwight Howard's moodiness further setting back the franchise.

The real issue is whether Howard will be playing for the Magic next season.

For now, Stan will coach, Dwight will tune out, and the locker room will remain fractured.

iwinderman@tribune.com

If Howard stays, he goes

K.C. Johnson

Chicago Tribune

Dwight Howard might have a better chance of serving as player-coach than Stan Van Gundy has of returning to run the Magic. This is what happens when a franchise is held hostage by an immature, non-committed man-child. Nobody doubts Howard's basketball skill. Everyone doubts his basketball smarts if he can't recognize Van Gundy is one of the best things happening to his career.

Van Gundy is a very good coach. He's also honest, which is why this messy saga stands where it does now. Van Gundy shouldn't have talked about private conversations with upper management, but his honesty — and fatigue from dealing with Howard — forced him to do so.

Now, there's no way he can be back unless Howard is traded at the draft.

kcjohnson@tribune.com

A matter of when, not if

Brian Schmitz

Orlando Sentinel

The better question might be, will Stan Van Gundy be coaching the Magic next week?

If the Magic continue their most recent slide, the club might have to make a change regardless of the latest Dwight Howard drama.