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Magic didn't help themselves

Van Gundy, Smith departures put Howard in awkward place

Updated: May 22, 2012, 7:50 AM ET
By Jemele Hill | ESPN.com

If the rationale behind ousting coach Stan Van Gundy and general manager Otis Smith was to make staying in Orlando more appealing to Dwight Howard, the Magic have failed.

The Magic better hope Howard signs a long-term extension with them, because if he leaves the franchise, Orlando will have fired a coach who never missed the playoffs in his seven full seasons and had a .627 overall winning percentage just to appease a petulant, wishy-washy All-Star.

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