In a surprising twist, Dwight Howard and Stan Van Gundy are now friends. When the two were with the Orlando Magic, Howard reportedly demanded that the Magic fire Van Gundy. Apparently, the two have put any hard feelings behind them.
In fact, Van Gundy came to Howard’s defense recently in explaining why Howard has been relatively subpar in his first season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Said Van Gundy: “I don’t think he looks quite as explosive or as quick as he has in the past. Now, he’s still above almost everyone in the league at that size athletically, but he has not totally looked like himself to me.”
Van Gundy is obviously blaming Howard’s offseason back surgery for the reason for his struggles. Honestly, that’s a very noble move by SVG.