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Dwight Howard

I'm NOT to Blame

for Van Gundy's Firing

5/24/2012 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Orlando Magic superstar Dwight Howard says he had NOTHING to do with the team's decision to fire head coach Stan Van Gundy ... telling TMZ, "I hate to see anyone lose their job."

Howard -- who's still rehabbing from back surgery in L.A. -- was out in Beverly Hills this morning when we asked how he felt about his coach's recent termination.

"Me and Stan ... we had our ups and downs ... but for the most part we had one goal ... to win a championship in Orlando, but we fell short."

When asked about speculation that he had a role in the decision to can Stan, Howard told us, "I'm glad [Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins] confirmed I had nothing to do with it."

Howard is also concerned about an interview scheduled to air on ESPN tomorrow night -- telling us it was shot back in April ... and insists the content is "old and inaccurate."

Though Howard didn't say which part of the interview he was referring to specifically ... he did warn, "A lot of stuff has changed since then."

Bonus -- Wanna know which team Dwight picks to win the NBA Championship? Watch the clip.

For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!
20 COMMENTS

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1.

Joao    

"Me and Stan", another example of an athletic "scholar" ship. Dumb idiot. I bet he can't write three sentences where the subject and verb agreed.

828 days ago
2.

Rodney    

He is two faced liar.

828 days ago
3.

My Big Salami    

Hey Dwight come be a Laker so we get rid of that big dumb lazy good for nothing Andrew Bynum!

828 days ago
4.

fast34me    

A vindictive bitch and a liar to boot...…

Didn't know you could stack a pile of lying **** that high.....

828 days ago
5.

Eric     

Yeah right we all know you didn't like Van Gundy. This is the Magic's last attempt to keep you long term and he still won't stay.

828 days ago
6.

Kelly Kelly    

Yes you are, just admit it

828 days ago
7.

Tracker    

test

828 days ago
8.

Don't feed the Trolls    

I hope they both Howard &Van Gundy go to the Lakers next season. Trade Bynum & fire Mike Brown

828 days ago
9.

Sultry    

He has such a small point head and extra wide shoulders. I'm not sure what to think.. I'm just sayin

828 days ago
10.

Who Knew    

Please Mitch do not make this 2 faced liar a Laker, way too much drama.

828 days ago
11.

Metta Worldhate    

YOU LIE!!!

828 days ago
12.

Nic    

Owners need to grow some balls and stop letting players run the show.

828 days ago
13.

The Neko Nation    

Typical self entitled spoiled piece of crap. Dwight Howard is a drama queen and a liar.

827 days ago
14.

monica    

Stan was such a lowsy and slow coach. He made too many bad decisions with the talent he had. The final decision comes from the owner, not the players..All you haters

827 days ago
15.

monica    

Stan was such a lowsy and slow coach. He made too many bad decisions with the talent he had. The final decision comes from the owner, not the players..All you haters

827 days ago
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