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Phoenix Suns center Channing Frye (8), guards Shannon Brown (26) and Steve Nash (13), center Marcin Gortat (4) and forward Jared Dudley (3) watch as Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap shoots a free throw after a technical foul during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 4, 2012, in Salt Lake City. The Suns won 107-105. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)
The Dwight Howard saga took another turn in Orlando Thursday, with Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy telling media members his star center has asked he be fired. Of course, Howard denies the claim, but when the coach is saying it...

At any rate, it's just another episode in a long line of awkward moments between Howard and his team, as the franchise, hoping to retain its star on a long-term basis, is basically kowtowing to his every whim.

And that, Suns head coach Alvin Gentry told Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo, is no way to run a team.

"I do know that if you start players running your franchise, I don't know where it's ever worked out," he said.

Of course, something similar could have played out in Phoenix with Steve Nash, but it didn't. Besides recently saying that he wants the team to improve if he's going to re-sign this summer (and really, who didn't already figure that), Nash's impending free agent status has been anything but a distraction to the player or franchise.

And for that, Gentry is thankful.

"I've got a guy that's one of the all-time great players that's probably as low maintenance a superstar as you'll ever have to deal with," the coach said. "I've been real fortunate there, and I think the Phoenix Suns have been real fortunate [with] the way Steve has conducted himself."

Indeed, whether you want the Suns to move on from Nash or not, you must be able to appreciate the fact that a circus has not followed him wherever he's gone this season.

See the Dwight Howard/Stan Van Gundy video here:

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