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Jeff Van Gundy: Dwight Howard should leave Lakers and return to Magic

Mike Bianchi | Open Mike

Orlando Sentinel

10:28 AM EDT, June 5, 2013

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Jeff Van Gundy doesn’t think Dwight Howard should sign a free agency contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets or even the Dallas Mavericks.
No, he thinks Howard should return to Orlando and sign a free agency contract with none other than the ... Orlando Magic.

"You know what he (Dwight) should do?"  Van Gundy, the ABC and ESPN analyst, said on our Open Mike radio show Wednesday morning. "He should fly back to Central Florida and say, 'My bad ... I want to come home. This is where I grew up. I left it bad, and I want to come back as a free agent.' "

Added Van Gundy: "(Dwight should) come right back to Orlando because that's where he prospered and that would give him the best chance to get back to being himself."

I not only agree with Van Gundy; I’ll take it a step further. If Dwight really wanted to salvage his  wrecked reputation, he would call a news conference and say he wants to come back to Orlando – and play for his former coach Stan Van Gundy. Dwight would suddenly be transformed from the disloyal coach-killer into the sympathetic superstar who can admit his mistakes.

Question 1: Do you agree or disagree that Dwight should come back to Orlando?

Question 2: Do you think the Magic should or would bring him back even he wanted to return?

To listen to our entire interview with Jeff Van Gundy, including his comments about the Magic not renewing the contract of TV color commentator Matt Guokas, click here.

Email me at mbianchi@tribune.com. Follow me on Twitter @BianchiWrites. And listen to my Open Mike radio show every Monday-Friday from 6-9 a.m. on 740 The Game.