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Stan Van Gundy fires back at Pat Riley's verbal retaliation

Sep 12, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

I’m pretty sure we’ve got a bonafide war of words on our hands. Stan Van Gundy responded Saturday to Pat Riley’s comments about himself and Magic GM Otis Smith and their criticism of the Heat. In an interview with the Magic’s website, Van Gundy laughed at what he considers to me a double-standard with Riley.

“Pat getting onto people for making moral judgments made me laugh,” Van Gundy continued. “I was with Pat when we had all of those Knicks series and he had no problem making moral judgments on my brother. What I read into that was that I guess Pat is the only one allowed to make those moral judgments and the rest of us can’t do that. I guess we didn’t realize that Pat’s the only allowed to do that.”

Oh, that SVG. Such a jokester. Zings aplenty from that man. But that wasn’t all. Van Gundy outright laughed in Riley’s face about saying he doesn’t pay attention to the criticism, saying that in a press conference he called to talk about… the criticism:

“He goes into Charles Barkley, me and Otis and then says he doesn’t worry about what people say. Wait, you called the press conference, you went off and everybody and you don’t care what people say? Clearly, he cares a great deal about what people say. I was laughing when I saw that.”

Do you hear that, Pat Riley? He was laughing! Like Santa Clau…nevermind.

So who’s on target here? Well, the answer is both. The criticism against the Heat has been more than a little ridiculous, considering they’ve broken no laws, and done nothing that a vast majority of people would do: choose to work with their friends in a tax-free state with a higher professional ceiling. “The Decision” aside, most of the comments have been purposely inflammatory.

But SVG has a point that Riley hasn’t exactly been squeaky clean throughout his career and calling the presser certainly doesn’t look like he ignores the press. Expect a lot more of this this type of side-mouth work from both the Heat and their critics this season. The new reality in the NBA is going to take some time to adjust to.

  1. David - Sep 12, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Stan has to bring history into this discussion because he knows that, in the present, Riley is in the right.
    Stan made himself into a bit of a jerk when he called Bosh a lap dog this summer. It was a totally unnecessary comment by Stan and Riley didn’t do anything wrong by calling him out on it.

  2. jimmy marlins fan - Sep 12, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    i wonder what stan will say when the heat beat the magic by 30+?

  3. george - Sep 12, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    Stan Van Gundy sort of sounds like a classless pig

  4. ed - Sep 12, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    Has fatboy Van Gundy won a title yet…NO…so he needs to shut-up

  5. like it - Sep 12, 2010 at 11:46 PM

    Guys, what are you complaining about, it is getting spicy :). Let it roll…………
    I hope PR comes back and say something by 2moro, and we know Charles will be say something definitely. :)

  6. K Factor - Sep 13, 2010 at 12:13 AM

    Stan better realize if it wasn’t for Pat and his brother he wouldn’t be where he is today. and for Charles Barkley please the best thing He ever did in his career is slam Shaq. LeBron and Wade and the supposed lap dog are sitting back taking names and waiting patiently. Like Stan wasn’t a lap dog to his brother and Riley. I hope Barkley does reply and adds more Fuel to the Fire then then your really gna feel the Heat!

  7. B. Please - Sep 13, 2010 at 12:25 AM

    You were wearing an L.A. jersey last year.

  8. McShaq - Sep 13, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    Who the hell cares what Riley and Van Gundy are saying about each
    other? Basketball news is slow right now?

  9. ocgunslinger - Sep 13, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    They worked together, ended in controversy and now they compete against each other. You expect kisses and hugs?

  10. John - Sep 13, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    This is a little bit like when Pat Riley criticized Larry Brown for trading Theo Ratliff to get Dikembe Mutombo, while conveniently forgetting that he had done the same thing to get Mourning (i.e. trading Glen Rice). The winner is only within — if anyone else tries to compete, they should be criticized. I wonder if Spoelstra needs to spend more time with his family yet?

  11. K Factor - Sep 13, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Born n Raised n Carol City Homie

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