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Stan Van Gundy has his job… and little use for Michael Wilbon

May 26, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for SVanGundy.jpgThere have been plenty of people in Orlando calling for the head of Stan Van Gundy. It’s ludicrous. We’ve gone into that. But the calls are out there.

Not from anybody credible, mind you. Magic general manager Otis Smith was outright dismissive of the claims Van Gundy’s job was in danger. Not the standard denial, but purely dismissive.

But apparently, ESPN’s star Michael Wilbon has heard something because he went on his radio show and, according to the Orlando Sentinel, said this.

“I’m not one of those guys who likes to pound on Stan Van Gundy. I thought he got completely hosed in Miami. … I think there are things that Stan does very well. I think he was sabotaged in this case by the trading — not the trading but the letting go to free agency — of his best offensive player (Hedo Turkoglu)… I think that Stan probably will be fired (if Magic lose to Celtics). I don’t know how you fire him. I really don’t … I’ve already heard the rumblings that he will be fired if they don’t win this series.”

Stan Van Gundy fired back with both barrels at shoot around Wednesday, as reported by Fanhouse..

“No. 1, I’m not worried about my job security, and I’m even less worried about what Michael Wilbon would think about anything,” Van Gundy said. “He’s just … a talking head. I have refused to be on PTI (Wilbon’s television show) for years, for five years. I follow that stuff. If you go on guys’ shows, they don’t criticize you. If you won’t go on their show, they do. That stuff is never known. There’s a lack of integrity in that business.”

Well then.

I’d say this has the makings of a feud, except that both men are mature enough to kind of back off and let this go away. Well, you think they are, but I could be wrong about that. Both men took very personal shots at the other — one’s job, one’s integrity. That’s not like joking about Craig Sager’s suit, those are knockout blows. We’ll see if they both step away from the brink or not.

  1. robert e. dimond - May 27, 2010 at 7:22 AM

    Wilbon was taking up for you, you idiot. And you actually did appear on his show several years ago (memory slipping?) Both Wilbon and Kornheiser have both often criticized people who have been on their show, so you are way off base there. Don’t get in a battle with Wilbon — you will lose.

  2. Who Cares - May 27, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Wilbon is OK at best. He is a helluva lot better than that idiot Cornheiser. I thin Stan is probably right, I would be pissed if I invited someone on my show for years and they refuse. I would probably throw them under the bus. This is how it works, DEAL WITH IT.

  3. Paul in KY - May 27, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    Stan’s brother, color analyst Jeff, was implicitly throwing him under the bus the other night when making comments about how Orlando players had said they weren’t taking the Celtics seriously at beginning of series (in a Conference Final, no less).
    If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

  4. Henway - Sep 10, 2010 at 11:47 PM

    Fire Stan Van Gundy, replace him with Jeff.. he knows how to fire up players! Look what he did with the 98 Knicks!

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