Magic Fire Van Gundy, Split With Gm

'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 air jordan 4 cavs,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.
Orlando went 37-29 in the regular season but was eliminated in five games by Indiana after a rash of late-season injuries that included back surgery for Howard. Orlando went 5-12 without him.
In early April, ,air jordan retro 4 cavs, Van Gundy said top-ranking team officials had told him that Howard had asked management to fire Van Gundy as a condition for the center signing a long-term contract beyond 2013. Howard denied it.
Van Gundy coached the Magic for five seasons. He finished with a 259-135 record, going 31-28 in the playoffs.

The day after the Magic's season ended with the loss to the Pacers, Smith said that he needed a few days to decide if he wanted to return, calling it a ''50-50'' chance.
Van Gundy said at the time he wanted to come back and was hoping the ultimate decision would be about performance solely.
Still, stories swirled all the way up to the trade deadline in March. Howard said he had given up his opt-outair jordan 4 cavs for sale clause and would remain under contract through the 2012-13 season. Smith said at that news conference that had Howard not opted-in, trading him was a scenario he and upper management had laid out.

''This season, and we've been digesting it all year, has been the longest, shortest season that we've had,'' Smith said. ''But it's something that you have to go through. Most sports franchises at some time go through a little bit of uncertainty and this is our time.''
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