Atlanta Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez Discusses Orlando Magic Drama.

NEW YORK, April 8 –The Dwight Howard vs. Stan Van Gundy rout has a very unexpected participant. Saturday morning Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez teed off on the matter to a crew of reporters in the visitors’ dugout at Citi Field in New York.

“I think the owner has to step up and sign Stan for a couple more years, unless Howard wants to take a pay cut and be the coach.”

“I know what I would have said if he’d have walked into my office if I was the owner: ‘Get your** back on the court and play. We’ll let the guys coach; you play.”

Gonzalez and Van Gundy have a relationship that dates back several years according to the report that ran in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Fredi Gonzalez needs to focus on getting his guys hitting against lefties before he can entertain nonsense like this.

The Braves and the Magic are not in the same league, the same sport or the same city.

I understand the idea of taking up for your boy.

But this kind of thing is only serving to fan-the-flames of an already crazy situation.

Howard and Van Gundy continue to do this weird passive-aggressive dance publicly while the rest of the world is coming out with blunt force opinions.

Last week we discussed the situation that surrounded reports that the Magic forced Howard’s hand to sign his opt-clause to stay in Orlando through the end of next season.

If Howard is so upset about these reports that use unnamed sources, then he needs to step out into the light and say how he really feels.

If Van Gundy feels so bad about this that he needs interrupt a MLB manager during the first week of his regular season and intertwine him in this mess, then he needs to just go ahead and quit and be done with it.

What’s next? Is New York Jets coach Rex Ryan going to offer Dwight Howard the tight end gig?