TALKING to Van Gundy
During Playoff Run
Orlando Magic superstar Dwight Howard tells TMZ … he’s been in constant contact with head coach Stan Van Gundy since his back surgery … saying they’ve spoken “a bunch of times” since the playoffs began.
Dwight was on a walk in Beverly Hills today … when we asked how life has been since he underwent back surgery in L.A. for a herniated disk last month.
“Sad” … Howard said … adding, “Just a little sad that I can’t be in Orlando with my teammates in the playoffs.”
“I went back and forth with the doctor for a couple of days … and he just said, ‘Dwight I need you to stay here, I don’t need you to go back home, I don’t need you traveling on the plane … anything.'”
“I feel like I’m in jail,” Dwight said … “I just really wish I could be there for my teammates.”
Dwight says he’s been watching every game and speaking with teammates since he’s been sidelined … “supporting them, telling them what they need to do.”
But then the bombshell — Dwight says he’s been talking with Coach Van Gundy “a bunch of times since the playoffs began” … shocking since Stan believes Dwight has been trying to get him fired from the head coaching job.
As for rumors that Dwight faked his injury … Dwight says it’s all B.S. — claiming the fragment that was floating in his back was the largest fragment his world famous surgeon has ever seen.
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Dwight Howard — I’ve Been TALKING with Van Gundy During Playoff Run