Wake Up With Stan Van Gundy And Dwight Howard’s Awkward Interview

In honor of the NBA playoffs, here’s a throwback to one of the weirdest NBA moments ever.

This feels like ages ago. Dwight Howard was a beloved young star. The four-out Magic were making deep playoff runs. Jameer Nelson was a quality fantasy bench guy. And it all culminated in this.

Stan Van Gundy tells the media Dwight asked management to fire him, only to have D12 come over and bear hug his coach without knowing what he just said. SVG just wants out of Howard’s grasp so desperately. Plays it off cool with the “you’ve had enough of me” line to the reporters. Incredible cinema. I don’t even get second-hand embarrassment watching this clip, it’s that awkward. I just want it to continue forever.

If you think about it, this may have been the turning point in Howard’s career. He got busted bad and his image took a huge hit. The next year he went to LA (remember Dwight as a Laker?) and ever since he’s been kind of a punchline. But in those peak Magic days, man, he was a beast.

Also, kudos to SVG for the nonchalant soda sip as Dwight kept that huge arm on his shoulder. Even if you feel really awkward, you always look calm and collected when you sip something. I do it with coffee and beer all the time.

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I think awkward interviews are becoming a theme of these wake up’s. Let me know if you have any other good ones and I’ll throw ’em up.

And good luck in the playoffs to Van Gundy’s 8th-seeded Detroit Pistons and Dwight’s 8th-seeded Houston Rockets. Two teams trending in drastically different directions.

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