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Quote of the day: Stan Van Gundy on pizza etiquette

Mar 27, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

Stan Van Gundy AP

“I mean, everybody’s on their feet, standing ovation and the whole thing and then a guy in the crowd next to me sitting baseline said everybody gets a free pizza, so I guess that was exciting. That was the loudest the crowd was all night. They were into that. That was a big basket by Ed Davis. They’re going to put that on the highlight film at the end of the year. I was like, ‘Wow, what happened, I thought they had like an 18-point play and tied the game or something.”

At that point, Van Gundy was informed the fans did not get an entire pizza; just a slice.

“Really? We got a standing ovation for a slice? They told me they got a free pizza. A slice? A slice you have to sit in your seat and clap; you can’t stand up on a slice, that’s bad etiquette.”

—Stan Van Gundy, discussing the eruption of fans in Toronto on a what seemed a meaningless basket at the end of Orlando’s blowout win in over the Raptors Monday, but a basket that gave the Raptors 100 points so everyone at the game a coupon for a free slice of pizza from the chain Pizza Pizza. Via the fantastic Eric Koreen at the National Post.

This trend seemed to start with Lakers fans chanting “we want tacos” as part of a promotion (although why anybody actually would want those greasy Jack in the Box tacos is beyond me) and now similar food promotions are pretty much league wide. It confuses players and sometimes coaches sometimes. Which is usually pretty funny and leads to fans getting into meaningless scores at the end of games like degenerate gamblers.

And Zach Lowe is right, Stan Van Gundy is a national treasure.

  1. drunkenjunk - Mar 27, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    ya gotta give toronto fans something to be excited about.

    • MightyMoonWorm - Mar 27, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      Well, they are getting legalized brothels.

  2. addictedzone - Mar 27, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    I believe you have to go back further than the Lakers wanting tacos. Back in 2004 Marlins fans got a free dozen donuts from a local Krispy Kreme if the Marlins had a dozen hits.

    April 24, 2004
    Miami Herald

    “Thousands of Florida Marlins fans are rolling in dough today.

    As many of the 41,226 fans at the sold-out Pro Player Stadium chanted ”We want free doughnuts,” the Marlins happily complied Saturday night.

    At 8:14 p.m. — minutes after the seventh-inning stretch — Marlins first baseman Wil Cordero hit a soft-liner to center for the 12th hit of the night for the Fish, jump-starting a new ”dozen for a dozen” promo with Krispy Kreme.

    The final stats: 13 Marlins hits, 7-4 Marlins victory; possible 494,712 doughnuts to be claimed.”

    • rpb1234 - Mar 28, 2012 at 9:56 AM

      Back in the early 90s, Knicks fans could get a PizzaHut pan pizza, if the D held the opponent under 80 points…

  3. raidmagic - Mar 27, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    I was watching that game it was really pretty funny

  4. sterogatory - Mar 27, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    People are cheering for pizza because there’s nothing else to cheer for. Raptors are a sorry excuse for a team. At least tix are cheap so when they score 100 points you really get your money’s worth. Lol.

  5. ezmagic - Mar 27, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    I was watching the game too and was pretty funny to see. They really don’t have anything else to cheer about. The brothel thing maybe lol

  6. glink123 - Mar 27, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Stan Van Jeremy is hilarious.

    • vicktator - Mar 28, 2012 at 12:33 AM

      I saw him play a pizza guy before…

  7. mesta1 - Mar 28, 2012 at 5:40 AM

    The lakers started giving taco bell tacos away in the 90s, but it’s ok for la to chant cuz A) we actually win when we score
    A hundred, B) cuz it la

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 28, 2012 at 4:26 PM

      Actually, those are Jack in the Box tacos at Lakers games. And they are disgusting, IMHO.

  8. rooney24 - Mar 28, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    I realize it is difficult for millionaire coaches (and players) to understand that people without all that money might be happy to get something for free. Although, if he is hearing it from some guy courtside, I have to imagine that person is likely pretty wealthy as well.

  9. blueintown - Mar 28, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    This started waaaay before Lakers fans wanting tacos. The 90’s Bulls used to give away big mac’s if the team scored 120. The fans went nuts for it then, too. They had to change it after the dismantling, and dropped the point requirement to something asinine like 74.

  10. mesta1 - Mar 28, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    great quote stan van.. if anyone knows his pizza etiquette itd be this guy

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