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Better yet, why wouldn't Dwight Howard go to Kobe Bryant and Lakers management and lobby to get Van Gundy the job?

Can you imagine the instant PR boon it would be for Howard? He'd go from the man who got Stan fired in Orlando to the man who got him hired in L.A.

Besides, Dwight and Stan have supposedly kissed and made up after last year's dysfunctional Dwightmare of a season with the Magic. They text each other all the time now and Dwight contributed to Stan's recent political campaign to help raise money for Seminole County schools.

"We are on good terms and always were," Van Gundy told the Sentinel recently. "Whatever our disagreements happened to be, they were on the professional level — they were about basketball and our jobs. Personally, we never had a problem. We liked each other. I have great admiration for the things Dwight did in the community and for the way he involved himself with kids. I really do want the best for him, and I think that's mutual."

Howard, in a recent interview with former ESPN analyst Ric Bucher, echoed those sentiments.

"To this day, Stan and I talk and we have a relationship, and I'm happy about that," Dwight said. "We have a mutual respect for each other. We had five great years together. It didn't end right and it didn't end well, but we've moved on and we're happy for each other."

When asked by Sports Illustrated recently if there would be an issue coaching Howard again, Stan replied: "Not from my standpoint. Heck, if I were ever anywhere again and he were available, I'd be knocking down the door of my general manager to do anything to get him."

If Dwight were smart, he'd be doing the same thing now to get Stan.

Mail bonding:

Most interesting reader retorts, radio rabble, tangy Tweets and message-board mockery of the week:

• In response to the Lakers firing Mike Brown after only five games: "I guess this time Dwight Howard wasn't going to waste any time!"

• In response to a column about whether Urban Meyer is using Tim Tebow to recruit for Ohio State: "Of course he is. He used his family to get out of a job at Florida."

• In response to a column about Stan Van Gundy helping run a campaign that led to raising property taxes to help fund budget-slashed Seminole County schools: "Dwight Howard ripped the heart out of Central Florida kids; Stan Van Gundy is nourishing their brains."

Notable quotables

In memory of legendary Texas football coach Darrell Royal passing away earlier this week, three of my favorite Royal quotes:

• "Only angry people win football games."

• "Breaks balance out. The sun don't shine on the same dog's rear end every day."

• "You've got to be in position for luck to happen. Luck don't go around looking for a stumblebum."

mbianchi@tribune.com. Follow him on Twitter @BianchiWrites. Listen to his radio show every weekday from 6 to 9 a.m. on 740 AM.

 

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