For those who are not yet following the amazing Hardwood Paroxysm
on Twitter, here's a recap of the breaking insanity in Orlando:
12:45 PM EST - CBS Sports reports
via the New York Times's Howard Beck that Stan Van Gundy tells press Pumaman Dwight Howard has asked for the outspoken coach to be fired. Seconds later, Dwight walks up to him and puts his arm around the bench boss in a vote of "confidence."
Since then, HP
has retweeted quite a few gems on the developing situation, while...THE OFFICIAL ORLANDO MAGIC WEBSITE HAS JUST ACTUALLY POSTED A VIDEO OF THIS
. And CBS has graciously provided full quotes
for those who need more evidence that even Bill Russell never was this sullen.
To quote Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles, "Nothing's wrong as far as I can see!!!!!!!"
And now on to the retweets:
- HP himself compares
this central Florida workplace to Office Space
a few comedic lines
- Marc Stein points out
that this is basically a point-of-no-return for Stan.
- Someone comments
they really DO want to hear The Big Voskuhl, er, Shaq Fu's input on this.
- With Mr. Howard's obvious choking history, and locker room toxicity, one wonders
why he is not disliked as much as King Crab. In similar vein is this wry analysis
by Ken Berger of CBS.
- A comparison
between this and Magic Johnson getting Paul Westhead fired in LA - oh, except Magic had a title AND Finals MVP already
. Again, watch the Youtube at top to see what Pumaman has so far for "signature Finals performances
- The Orlando Pinstriped Post blog provides comprehensive coverage
of the unfolding mess.
- Maybe Magic management regrets
this whole, "let's tell Stan" thing.
- Stan knows
where he stands: "It’s 12:02 right now. If they want to fire me at 12:05, I’ll go home and find something to do. I’ll have a good day."
Yep, this is the look of a man who enjoys being subverted by a clutch-time disappointment
Not forgotten: Stan's past coaching travails
in the Sunshine State.
- A silver lining
to all of this - BETTER TV COMMENTARY.
- HP himself not exactly impressed
with those Magic fans who think Mr. Howard has handled the situation with class, decorum, and tact.
- Some guy from the Wall Street Journal found today's press junket...awkward
- From Holly MacKenzie
- Tony Allen defends
his coach! And Holly appreciates
Stan's Pepsi swag.
Yeah. What an hour this has been. The National Basketball Association: It's FANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
5:49 PM EST - Latest HP retweet - now both Van Gundy and his team are NOT making themselves available for the media
in the usual pre-game slot. Locker room closed. Interesting that they all were rather willing to open their mouths just 5 hours ago...
7:46 PM EST - HP now retweets this rather obvious note, that Stan has felt the demands and pressure from Pumaman ALL season long
8:43 PM EST - Just saw this quote
from lacktion artist Ishmael Smith:
“My mom loves soap operas, so for me to be a part of one is pretty special,” Smith joked.
Labels: coaches who are dead inside, double standards, Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic, pumaman, Stan Van Gundy