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#pounditMonday, October 25, 2021

Dwight Howard calls moment with Van Gundy ‘worst day’ of his life

Dwight Howard says his infamous moment with Stan Van Gundy ranks as the “worst day” of his life.

Back in 2012 there was plenty of drama surrounding the Orlando Magic. There were reports about Howard going to management to seek Van Gundy’s firing. Van Gundy had confirmed that report to a group of assembled media when Dwight came up to him at practice and put his arm around the coach to prove their relationship was OK. The timing couldn’t have been more awkward.

On Thursday’s episode of ESPN’s “The Jump,” Howard recalled the moment and said it was the “worst day of his life.”

“The first question is like ‘Dwight, they said you wanted to get Stan fired.’ I was like ‘Oh, my God,’ ” Howard said on “The Jump.” “That was literally the worst day of my life. We had a game that night. And that was the worst game I ever played. Like, I could not hit the basket for nothing. And you would have thought, I don’t know what was going on that night, but it was the worst ever.”

Howard and Van Gundy have made amends and moved on since that time. Howard maintains that he did not demand that Van Gundy be fired. While there will always be some who don’t believe Howard, it’s apparent it’s a part of his career Howard is not proud of.

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