Dwight Howard Out With A Herniated Disc, Now Has More Time To Fire Stan Van Gundy

Dwight Howard has been busy this year. In addition to playing basketball, he spent much of the season wrestling with the dilemma over to whom the fatally dysfunctional Orlando Magic should trade him. Howard then reversed course and decided to stay, put on his GM suit and asked the front office to trade for some talented teammates. They declined. So, he turned his attention down the bench, allegedly asking that same front office to fire coach Stan Van Gundy, giving us the gift of the most awkward press conference ever.

The weight of such responsibility was too much to bear. Howard, who has missed five out of the Magic's last seven games with a sore back, has been diagnosed with a herniated disc. He sat out last night's 109-81 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, and there is no timetable for his return. Dwight can now orchestrate the implosion of his franchise in a suit, from the end of the bench—Just like Van Gundy.

Magic's Dwight Howard diagnosed with herniated disk [USA Today]