Dwight Howard — I’m NOT to Blame for Van Gundy’s Firing

Orlando Magic superstar Dwight Howard says he had NOTHING to do with the team”s decision to fire head coach Stan Van Gundy … telling our sources, “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.”

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