I really don't put any blame on Dwight for what happened at all in terms of my situation. What he did was pretty normal stuff for NBA players in that he voiced an opinion to management. There were a few things that obviously I would have liked done differently. Mainly my contention was what happened with our management and ownership [was] what made the situation into what it became. Had it been handled better at that end, things would have never gotten to the point that they did.
Wilson followed up by asking, "So you blame the front office more than Dwight Howard?"
There's no question. Players will do what players do, and certainly voicing opinions is their right. But we went off course, in my opinion, in terms of how we handled the situation.
Earlier I wrote that some might question Van Gundy's sincerity in exonerating Howard now, with an eye toward a future head coaching gig. But listening to the audio, I personally can't question that sincerity. I think it's possible that Van Gundy lacked that perspective when he lashed out at Howard, but has gained it since.