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David Stern blasts Magic coach Stan Van Gundy

Posted on: March 10, 2011 1:48 pm
Edited on: March 10, 2011 1:59 pm
 
NBA commissioner David Stern responds harshly to critical comments from Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. Posted by Ben Golliver. david-stern

You knew this was coming.

Back on Monday, we noted that Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy was quite upset with his center Dwight Howard being suspended after receiving his 16th technical foul of the season, as Van Gundy believes Howard is a target of hard fouls and that the NBA referees are too quick with the whistle in handling Howard's responses. In the process, Van Gundy made a comment that he "certainly can't have an opinion because David Stern, like a lot of leaders we've seen in this world lately, don't really tolerate other people's opinions or free speech or anything." Van Gundy later clarified that he wasn't comparing Stern to any particular dictators, but the damage was done.

During an ESPN radio interview on Thursday (audio here), Stern shot back, and he shot back hard, implying that he was taking action against Van Gundy by speaking with his Magic superiors and that Van Gundy's frustration is borne out of his team's struggles. 

Here are some of Stern's comments via the Orlando Sentinel.
“I’m going to engage in a private discussions at this point with his franchise,” Stern said. “I actually am not going to talk to Stan Van Gundy. I’m going to talk to the ownership of the team.
“I see somebody whose team isn’t performing, whose star player is suspended, who seems to be fraying.

“I would venture a guess that we’re not going to be hearing from him for the rest of the season,” Stern said. “I think when he stops and reads what he said, realizes what he did, he will say no more. … I have a feeling some modicum of self-restraint will cause Stan, and the team for which he works, to rein in his aberrant behavior.”
Van Gundy's frustration is legitimate and has accumulated over the years, as Howard's issues with technicals are nothing new. While his criticism of Stern is factually true -- Stern has made it clear through statements and heavy fines that he does not want any public comments about his league's officiating and its policies -- it wasn't prudent and it was certain to anger the commissioner given the timing in relation to significant world affairs. 

Van Gundy either popped off without thinking (a distinct possibility) or he was ready to take a stand on this battlefield and suffer whatever repercussions would come his way. I tend to lean towards the former explanation, as Van Gundy did attempt to clarify that his remarks were not meant to compare Stern to leaders in Egypt and Libya. 

Stern doesn't often come across petty but his personal, direct attack on Van Gundy and the Magic was way too much, and it was absolutely beneath him as the league's commissioner. When cooler heads prevail, it seems fair to conclude that both sides will wish they could take back their most heated comments.

The worst part: the real thrust of Van Gundy's message, that Howard needs to be protected better even if he's one of the biggest and strongest players in the league, got totally lost in the shouting match.
Comments

Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 6:01 pm
 

David Stern blasts Magic coach Stan Van Gundy

Well said.  Stern has made himself into a Goliath and Stan into David.  Everyone wants this domineering dictator to be slain (metaphorically).  The entire sports arena is becoming more and more suspect of being fixed and stern just makes it more obvious with his comments and threats.  I hope his superiors see that that need to bust him down the wat he called for Stan's to get him.  Otherwise the NBA fanbase will be even more likely to just quit wasting their time.



Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: March 10, 2011 6:00 pm
 

David Stern blasts Magic coach Stan Van Gundy

If the Magic owners fire Van Gundy because of pressure by Stern, it would then be perfect timing to call Riley about getting his previous job back...Fire Spoelstra, then rehire Van Gundy....Stan can handle the pressure of coaching 2 megastars & an all star...I'm having doubts whether mild mannnered Spoelstra can...




Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 5:59 pm
 

David Stern blasts Magic coach Stan Van Gundy

Well said.  Stern has made himself into a Goliath and Stan into David.  Everyone wants this domineering dictator to be slain (metaphorically).  The entire sports arena is becoming more and more suspect of being fixed and stern just makes it more obvious with his comments and threats.  I hope his superiors see that that need to bust him down the wat he called for Stan's to get him.  Otherwise the NBA fanbase will be even more likely to just quit wasting their time.



Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2011 5:44 pm
 

David Stern blasts Magic coach Stan Van Gundy

Whose team is not performing you fool..your head is soo far up the Celtics,Heat and Lakers you cannot see anything from the stick of it.The Magic have won 5 of their last 7,Gilbert has been playing hurt and the one of the losses was without Dwight Howard.Your a fool and Stan rules!! Go Magic and FU David stern!



Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 5:34 pm
 

David Stern blasts Magic coach Stan Van Gundy

Not to mention the ink is still wet on the donaghy article.  Better not be throwing stones when you live in a glass house.  Every coach in the league should still be questioning the refs.  Hopefully this keeps them in check.  They could end up like the guys that had a bet on the St Johns vs Rutgers game yesterday.  Those guys...meaning the refs.....



Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 5:31 pm
 

David Stern blasts Magic coach Stan Van Gundy

“I would venture a guess that we’re not going to be hearing from him for the rest of the season,” Stern said. “I think when he stops and reads what he said, realizes what he did, he will say no more. … I have a feeling some modicum of self-restraint will cause Stan, and the team for which he works, to rein in his aberrant behavior.”So he is going to try and get Stan fired by going to his boss?  I am pretty sure thats how that read.  What an idiot.  Stern is power hungry.



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 5:23 pm
 

David Stern blasts Magic coach Stan Van Gundy

Give 'em Hell Stan...until Stern stops turning a blind eye to the others that continually get away with everything.  Nice work SVG!



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 5:10 pm
 

David Stern blasts Magic coach Stan Van Gundy

dont get me wrong, i in no way agree with stern. I dont really like all the parties...and i do agree dwight gets a lot of fouls he shouldnt on defense......but the root of this issue is that he shoots very poorly at the line, everyone knows this....hes as big as a grizzly bear, the only way to keep him from getting the ball to the rim is to grab him...all coaches teach it, if youre going to foul do not let the player get the ball up....the magic need to get rid of van gundy and get some new blood in there...and for gods sake....a few defensive players would be good as well.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 5:02 pm
 

David Stern blasts Magic coach Stan Van Gundy

I never heard shaq cry this much..he was fouled even harder....how about the people howard hurts with his hard fouls...he threw derrick rose down twice last year hurting him both times then said he needs to jump with more restraint. Hey dwight you want people to stop beating you....spend some time shooting fts...if you are gonna shoot 50 something percent....you are gonna get fouled....what is everyone supposed to just let you dunk on them then get a bonus free throw? I live in orlando and have gone to a ton of magic games....howard still needs to grow up...if hes gonna dish out the hard fouls on smaller people, suck it up and take them...i wish he wouldve played with barkleyand in the pistons bad boy era..jordan took beatings from everyone, he didnt cry like a little girl like dwight does. And lastly van gundy is done....none of his players listen to him anymore...and you need more defense..instead you trade for a bunch of shooters who dont play d....and arenas...who knows why they got him.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 4:30 pm
 

David Stern blasts Magic coach Stan Van Gundy

I feel bad for you guys born w/ small units.  Stern showed the  repercussions  of that shortcoming.


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