Magic coach wants to return

PHILADELPHIA — Stan Van Gundy said Saturday afternoon that he wants to return as Magic coach next season.

"I don't have a scenario in my head where I wouldn't," Van Gundy said when asked whether he wants to return.

"They're going to have to make decisions. But I'm a basketball coach and I know this: I don't want to go anywhere else. I mean, I love Orlando, and this is where I want to be. And I want to coach."

Van Gundy's contract runs through 2012-13.

In recent days, speculation has run rampant that Van Gundy would not want to return for 2012-13, especially if center Dwight Howard's long-term contract status is not resolved.

On March 17, Van Gundy said that this season, a season marked by constant speculation about Howard's future and the futures of other players on the roster, has been the most challenging season of his NBA coaching career.

On Thursday, Van Gundy told reporters that "the top" of the organization's management told him that Howard wants him to be fired. Howard has denied that he wants Van Gundy fired.

Howard, who waived his early termination option on March 15, is under contract through 2012-13.

Howard, Van Gundy and general manager Otis Smith met Thursday to talk about how they would move forward for the rest of this season.

Saturday afternoon, after the Magic completed its shootaround at the Wells Fargo Center, Howard was asked if the three of them are all on the "same page."

"We have to get on the same page if we plan on making any noise in the playoffs," Howard told reporters. "We all have to be on the same page."

Asked if he and Van Gundy can regroup and develop respect for each other, Howard said: "I think we have respect for each other regardless of whatever is being said or being put out there. As a coach, I have the utmost respect for Stan. He's been a great coach on our team for the last five years. So I don't think that's the issue."

Magic duo posts double doubles

PHILADELPHIA — Glen Davis scored 23 with 12 rebounds and Howard posted a double double of 20 points and 22 rebounds as the Magic overcame a 13-point second quarter and beat the host 76ers 88-82 on Saturday night.

Game highlights: Paul Pierce scored 24 as the Celtics beat the host Pacers 86-72 and Boston remained ahead of the 76ers at the top of the Atlantic Division. … Joe Johnson scored 18 in a 116-96 win over the host Bobcats. … Jason Smith had a career-high 26 points and 10 rebounds, leading the host Hornets to a 99-90 victory over the Timberwolves, who lost their fifth in a row.

Bryant sits: Kobe Bryant the NBA's leading scorer at 28.1 points per game, sat out the Lakers' game against the Suns with an injured left shin that requires rest. The injury is called tenolsynovitis, inflammation of a sheath that surrounds a tendon. He was put in a protective boot, and there is no timetable for his return.

Around the league: Heat reserve Mike Miller (left ankle sprain) practiced and will be activated for today's game against the Pistons if he does not have a setback. … Charlotte forward Eduardo Najera suffered a fractured frontal bone but didn't suffer brain trauma after taking an elbow to the head from Milwaukee's John Brockman on Friday. There is no timetable for his return. … The Nets' Brook Lopez (right foot) will not play the remainder of the season, CBSSports.com reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Magic 88, 76ers 82

ORLANDO (88): J.Richardson 4-10 0-0 10, Davis 9-21 5-5 23, Howard 4-14 12-18 20, Nelson 2-12 3-4 8, Redick 7-13 4-4 19, Duhon 2-4 0-0 6, Wafer 1-2 0-0 2, Clark 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 29-80 24-31 88.

PHILADELPHIA (82): Iguodala 2-9 2-4 6, Brand 3-7 1-2 7, Hawes 3-11 1-2 7, Holiday 2-9 1-1 5, Turner 3-8 0-0 6, Williams 5-12 4-4 15, Meeks 5-6 2-2 16, T.Young 8-16 4-5 20, Battie 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-78 15-20 82.

Orlando 24 13 25 26— 88

Philadelphia 19 26 16 21— 82

3-Point GoalsOrlando 6-20 (Duhon 2-4, J.Richardson 2-6, Redick 1-4, Nelson 1-6), Philadelphia 5-13 (Meeks 4-5, Williams 1-4, Holiday 0-1, Iguodala 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 61 (Howard 22), Philadelphia 49 (Brand 11). AssistsOrlando 16 (Howard 6), Philadelphia 23 (Iguodala 10). Total FoulsOrlando 18, Philadelphia 21. A19,775 (20,318).

Celtics 86, Pacers 72

BOSTON (86): Pierce 8-16 6-6 24, Bass 0-6 2-2 2, Garnett 6-15 3-3 15, Rondo 2-6 0-0 4, Bradley 2-7 0-0 4, Stiemsma 4-4 2-2 10, Allen 7-18 0-1 19, Pavlovic 3-4 0-0 8. Totals 32-76 13-14 86.

INDIANA (72): Granger 6-15 6-6 20, West 8-10 0-0 16, Hibbert 3-9 3-6 9, Collison 5-12 1-1 13, George 0-7 2-2 2, Hansbrough 0-2 2-2 2, Hill 0-6 0-0 0, Amundson 1-5 0-0 2, Barbosa 3-5 1-2 8, Jones 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 26-74 15-19 72.

Boston 24 19 16 27— 86

Indiana 19 14 18 21— 72

3-Point GoalsBoston 9-18 (Allen 5-11, Pavlovic 2-3, Pierce 2-4), Indiana 5-22 (Collison 2-6, Granger 2-6, Barbosa 1-2, Jones 0-1, Hill 0-3, George 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 48 (Stiemsma 9), Indiana 49 (Hibbert 17). AssistsBoston 27 (Rondo 12), Indiana 11 (George, Collison 3). Total FoulsBoston 21, Indiana 15. TechnicalsIndiana defensive three second. Flagrant Fouls—Rondo. A16,892.

Hawks 116, Bobcats 96

ATLANTA (116): J.Johnson 8-10 0-0 18, Smith 7-17 1-2 15, Pachulia 5-6 2-2 12, Teague 5-8 1-2 11, Hinrich 1-3 0-0 3, M.Williams 5-8 2-2 14, I.Johnson 5-10 6-6 17, Green 4-9 2-2 11, Pargo 3-8 7-7 15, Stackhouse 0-2 0-0 0, Collins 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 43-82 21-23 116.

CHARLOTTE (96): Brown 4-5 0-0 8, Mullens 7-19 2-2 17, Biyombo 2-5 0-2 4, Walker 3-8 2-3 10, Henderson 3-9 2-3 8, White 2-3 0-0 4, Maggette 2-7 2-4 6, Carroll 3-3 3-3 9, Higgins 9-15 4-5 22, Thomas 3-7 2-2 8. Totals 38-81 17-24 96.

Atlanta 19 29 38 30— 116

Charlotte 23 13 32 28— 96

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 9-20 (M.Williams 2-3, J.Johnson 2-4, Pargo 2-6, Green 1-1, I.Johnson 1-1, Hinrich 1-2, Teague 0-1, Smith 0-1, Stackhouse 0-1), Charlotte 3-7 (Walker 2-4, Mullens 1-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 49 (Pachulia 16), Charlotte 42 (White, Biyombo 5). AssistsAtlanta 25 (Pargo 9), Charlotte 18 (Walker 6). Total FoulsAtlanta 20, Charlotte 20. A14,715.

Hornets 99, Wolves 90

MINNESOTA (90): W.Johnson 0-2 0-0 0, Love 11-23 4-5 29, Pekovic 4-9 3-3 11, Barea 4-12 0-0 10, Webster 1-5 2-4 5, Beasley 7-11 3-4 20, Williams 2-5 0-0 4, Ellington 1-9 2-2 4, Randolph 1-1 0-0 2, Lee 1-1 0-0 2, Tolliver 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 33-81 14-18 90.

NEW ORLEANS (99): Ariza 2-4 0-0 4, Smith 12-16 2-2 26, Kaman 9-10 3-3 21, Vasquez 5-11 0-0 11, Gordon 3-12 3-5 10, Belinelli 2-7 1-3 6, Landry 2-7 4-4 8, Henry 2-6 0-0 4, Ayon 0-0 0-0 0, Thomas 0-1 0-0 0, Aminu 3-8 2-2 9. Totals 40-82 15-19 99.

Minnesota 21 20 26 23— 90

New Orleans 20 26 33 20— 99

3-Point GoalsMinnesota 10-25 (Beasley 3-4, Love 3-8, Barea 2-4, Tolliver 1-1, Webster 1-3, Williams 0-1, W.Johnson 0-1, Ellington 0-3), New Orleans 4-13 (Aminu 1-1, Gordon 1-3, Belinelli 1-4, Vasquez 1-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMinnesota 42 (Love 12), New Orleans 56 (Kaman, Smith 10). AssistsMinnesota 20 (Barea 7), New Orleans 26 (Vasquez 10). Total FoulsMinnesota 17, New Orleans 17. TechnicalsMinnesota defensive three second, Kaman. A15,520.

Grizzlies 94, Mavericks 89

DALLAS (89): Marion 5-8 1-2 12, Nowitzki 5-16 4-4 17, Haywood 0-1 1-2 1, West 3-8 2-2 8, Carter 6-8 1-1 14, Terry 4-9 1-2 12, Odom 0-1 0-0 0, Wright 7-11 2-4 16, Beaubois 4-10 0-0 9, Cardinal 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 34-73 12-17 89.

MEMPHIS (94): Gay 9-15 4-5 25, Speights 1-6 2-2 4, Gasol 4-12 1-1 9, Conley 4-9 2-2 12, Pondexter 3-5 3-6 9, Mayo 1-8 4-4 6, Randolph 6-15 2-2 15, Arenas 3-6 5-5 14, Cunningham 0-3 0-0 0, Haddadi 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-80 23-27 94.

Dallas 10 29 28 22— 89

Memphis 29 21 22 22— 94

3-Point GoalsDallas 9-21 (Terry 3-6, Nowitzki 3-7, Marion 1-1, Beaubois 1-2, Carter 1-2, Cardinal 0-1, West 0-2), Memphis 9-20 (Gay 3-5, Arenas 3-5, Conley 2-4, Randolph 1-1, Pondexter 0-1, Mayo 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDallas 49 (Marion 11), Memphis 48 (Randolph 11). AssistsDallas 23 (Terry 8), Memphis 22 (Conley, Mayo 5). Total FoulsDallas 15, Memphis 16. TechnicalsHaywood, Dallas defensive three second. A18,119.

Magic coach wants to return 04/08/12 [Last modified: Sunday, April 8, 2012 12:09am]

    

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