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Stan Van Gundy says it’s “absurd” to think Kentucky beats an NBA team

Mar 29, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

Orlando Magic's head coach Stan Van Gundy directs his team during their NBA basketball game against Miami Heat in Miami Reuters

Charles Barkley said it, so we should just assume it was absurd to begin with.

But it got a lot of play. Barkley said he thought Kentucky could beat the Raptors or Bobcats. In case you wanted some thoughts besides mine on why that idea is absurd, I bring you Magic coach Stan Van Gundy.

“Look, it’s absurd,” he said before the Magic faced the New York Knicks. “I mean, people will say, ‘Oh, Kentucky you know’s got four NBA players.’ Yeah, well the other team’s got 13.”

“Could anything happen on a one-night thing? I mean, I suppose, you have major upsets all the time. So maybe, but it’d be rare and in a series it’d be a joke,” Van Gundy said. “It wouldn’t be close. That’s just the way it is. John Calipari’s got a lot of talent, he does not have 13 NBA players. He just doesn’t. And even if those guys all are, they’re all NBA rookies. I mean, when has that ever been a success in the NBA? So no, they’re not going to win.”

Well said. Thank you. Now, let’s talk to Van Gundy about pizza

  1. ravensfreak00 - Mar 29, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    The way the Magic played last night, Kentucky could beat his team.

    • raidmagic - Mar 29, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      Even with as bad as the Magic played last night they still would have beat Kentucky

  2. ixepex - Mar 29, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    The initial statement seemed like hyperbole. Since when have we started to take what Chuck says literally?

    • slowclyde86 - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:56 PM

      Agreed. This comment is getting way too much attention for an off the cuff comment from a typically overstated commentator.

  3. khadeemw - Mar 29, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Kentucky would lose by 50 to the Bobcats. Ppl forget Kenba Walker dominated college basketball last year. Reggie Williams averaged 28 a game in his last 2 yrs in college.
    DJ Augustin was an All-American. DJ White was an All-American. Corey Maggette as an NBA player averaged over 20 a game multiple times. Not to mention Tyrus Thomas, Gerald Henderson, Bismack Biyombo, and DeSagna Diop who were all 1st rd picks. All of these players would go to any college team right now and dominate. I think people underestimate the jump from being a college player to the NBA. Corey Maggette would average 30 pts a game right now if he went to Duke. SO PLEASE PPL STOP THE INGORANT MADNESS

  4. dsimp724 - Mar 29, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Kentucky -4 1/2 over orlando

  5. birdsflynorth206 - Mar 29, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Really Kentucky can beat Orlando?? Howard stat line would be 75 points, 50 rebounds and 25 blocks

    • mightyquinn69 - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      More like 50, 30, and 15….lol

  6. glink123 - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Stan Van Jeremy rules

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