ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Magic fired coach Stan Van Gundy and split with general manager Otis Smith on Monday, the culmination of a season in which Orlando was ensnared in a long-running soap opera with Dwight Howard and made another first-round playoff exit.
"It's time for new leadership and new voices," Magic CEO Alex Martins said in a statement. "The disappointment of getting eliminated in the first round of the playoffs these past two seasons played a primary role in our decision, as we feel our momentum towards winning a championship has paused."
Smith and Van Gundy's problematic relationship with Howard weighed down the team all season after the All-Star center requested a trade.
It was inevitable when Howard committed to stay another year, but still sad to see things end this way. At least Stan will be getting plenty of job offers from teams that won't make him coach a 3 year old.