Management of the Orlando Magic informed their coach that superstar Dwight Howard wants his head on a platter.
During a press conference when asked about the duplicity and rumors of duplicity of Dwight Howard, the coach threw the superstar under the bus (as the saying goes).
Of course, in a tit for tat world, Howard had already thrown Van Gundy under the bus. If the coach looks like a garbage truck hit him, we now know why.
Howard denied he had just done the Dance of the Seven Veils, sort of like Salome's denial after John the Baptist's head was served at dinner.
Yes, the man who yanked the chain of an entire city for nearly a year has asked whether the public believes slimy media and a cartoonish coach.
Howard may be obtuse as a rule. Like Captain Renault in Casablanca, Howard may be shocked, shocked, shocked to hear that fans find him guilty of no credibility.
When Van Gundy went before the press to call out his superstar, he sounded like Othello acknowledging that Iago was making up rumors about his wife.
In a world where fairness might be just as important as justice, Howard would be sent packing as soon as possible. Van Gundy looks like a man who is dealing with a skunk hiding in his locker room.
Let some other coach wonder when and if he should turn his back to the superstar Superman. There may be few takers.
Does any coach deserve a Dwight Howard? Van Gundy shrugged off the star's lack of support. He would do his job until the men with bootjacks show up to remove him from his office.
We know of the term Sunshine Patriots, and those are people who give their country support and loyalty only in good times.
Now on the outskirts of Disneyworld, we have the quintessential Sunshine Superman: the cape is now doubling as a skirt.