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Jeff Van Gundy thrashes Magic management

May 25, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

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Jeff Van Gundy is sticking up for his brother, Stan, who got fired because Dwight Howard didn’t like him. Sure, both the Magic and Howard deny that, but does anybody believe them?

Jeff Van Gundy doesn’t.

And the current ABC color analyst got on a roll ripping the Magic CEO Alex Martins and how they handled this entire situation when being interviewed on 98.7 ESPN New York (via Sports Radio Interviews).

“For (Stan Van Gundy) to have been in the office all day and the President, Alex Martins, knows that he is there and let them leave and then he calls him on the phone to fire him? It’s unprofessional. It’s unprofessional.

“To hide behind the fact or try to make everyone believe that Dwight Howard didn’t have a part in this is absurd. Say listen we fired this guy because we know this our best chance to keep Dwight Howard. Dwight Howard and I decided to fire him. To do anything else is playing a game of semantics….

“Finally and this is the biggest one to me he said that my brother is the finest ‘X and O’ coach he has been around in his 25 years in the business. Okay listen [Alex Martins] all you have done in your 25 years in the business is release press releases and run the business side.

“You don’t know if a ball is blown up or stuffed. You don’t know if the pick and role coverage on the side is right or wrong. Just say that I have no knowledge about basketball. It’s offensive when someone who has no knowledge about basketball even in a positive comment tries in those ways to sort of negate what Brian Hill did as a coach or what Matt Guokas did as a coach. He doesn’t know one thing about basketball so please hold off your comments on my brothers expertise since you know nothing about basketball.”

Ouch.

The Magic have handled this poorly from the start, no doubt. It’s like when your girlfriend/boyfriend is thinking about dumping you — there are steps you take to try to keep them, to repair the relationship. But you don’t sacrifice your dignity and let them run all over you to do it. Because they are just going to leave anyway after that.

  1. blueintown - May 25, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    You’re a good brother, Jeff. Respect.

  2. ezwriter69 - May 25, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Pick and role? Seriously? What role and when did he get into acting?

    • denverhoopdreams - May 25, 2012 at 7:07 PM

      Let me direct you to where they quoted this from, and where the spelling error originated for you to troll. http://sportsradiointerviews.com/2012/05/25/stan-van-gundy-fired-orlando-magic-jeff-van-gundy/

      • apmn - May 26, 2012 at 10:44 AM

        Why ya call him a troll? Just because this is a copy and paste operation doesn’t mean PBT has no obligation to check it over before they publish it.

  3. bankai78 - May 25, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Even the guy in the Lakers jacket was surprised at Van Gundys’ comments.

    • Chris Fiorentino - May 25, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      The chick having coffee even said “Damn Jeff…you go girl!!” Then she was blinded by the shine off Jeff’s head and was talking to Ron Jeremy while trying to shake it of.

  4. blantoncollier - May 25, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Not really a SVG fan, but really Alex Martins? The guy is nothing more than a PR flack. Not sure what qualifies him to run a sports franchise.

  5. chitownjeff - May 25, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Very astute….true statements…

  6. Mr. Wright 212 - May 25, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Love JVG (except when he’s slurping off the Heat), and one of the reasons I do is because he doesn’t mince words on air OR in situations like these.

  7. florida727 - May 25, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    It’s almost a shame it was his brother, because some might think he said it BECAUSE it was his brother, but that’s what you have to love about JVG… whether you agree with him or not, he doesn’t care, he’ll tell you what he thinks. If you agree… great. If you don’t… that’s okay too. He couldn’t care less. Face it, Stan was made the scapegoat for Dwight acting like a 12-year old girl, and Otis Smith acting like, well, Otis Smith… the incompetent GM that he proved to be. Whoever gets SVG will be very fortunate.

  8. boilerup1869 - May 25, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Once again, the van gundies rule

  9. raidmagic - May 25, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    I a big SVG fan and am bummed he got fired. I also think it was handled poorly but to go at a guy because you complimented his brother with that garbage is why JVG is an announcer and not a coach, he’s clueless. Anyone with the smallest basketball iq knows Stan is a great x and o coach and I’m quite sure the CEO of a basketball team knows something about basketball. Be mad your bro got fired, I am, but to cry about Alex’s compliment is asinine

    • spankygreen - May 25, 2012 at 5:05 PM

      face it. you suck as a coach and so does your brother. hence the reason you are an analyst and he is now fired. SVG had ample time and enough talent to turn that team around, after all he was THE COACH and a decent one, so they say. (I disagree) But I guess it’s better to blame and cry to anyone that will listen in hopes of getting sympathy……call up Michael Jordan and try and get a job with the Bobcats…….no pressure there…..

  10. mrjafriver - May 25, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Good job Jeff!!!! This needed to be said

  11. charlutes - May 25, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    “It’s like when your girlfriend/boyfriend is thinking about dumping you — there are steps you take to try to keep them, to repair the relationship. But you don’t sacrifice your dignity and let them run all over you to do it. Because they are just going to leave anyway after that.”

    What? Write better. Tell the other NBC “writers”

  12. lakerluver - May 25, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    SVG should be glad they let him go. That franchise is a joke!! I knew it was a joke when they traded C. Webb for Penny. C. Webb and Shaq would’ve dominated the NBA and probably would’ve won a title or two. I understood the deal but I would not have done it. Then they let Shaq walk away when he “claims” he never wanted to leave. Now they’re letting D12 ruin the franchise. Trade his butt and start all over.

  13. ocgunslinger - May 25, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Move over Clippers…..you are no longer the #1 joke franchise of the league. Step on in Magic. You are now the leader in something.

  14. luvsheat - May 26, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    dwight howard is thee biggest extortionist in the NBA…I hope orlando buys into all his sh*t and then he goes to free agency anyway…AND then no team picks him up!!! HAHA I know I’m dreaming in a perfect world…but I CAN dream

  15. iowahbr - May 26, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    It’s why we like Van Gundy as a color analyst. The problem is that he didn’t say this on ABC or ESPN.
    Too many of the color folks wouldn’t mention a negavtive word about anything in the NBA for fear of offending some part of the network brass, the NBA brass, or a sponser.

  16. glink123 - May 26, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    umm, JVG had a 10 year coaching career that spanned 748 games. He had a W-L record of 430-318, for a winning percentage of .575. He also coached 88 playoff games, with a W-L record of 44-44, for a winning percentage of .500. Those of you who say he wasn’t a quality coach, you’re obvious more ignorant than you realize.

  17. decimusprime - May 26, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Fire DelNegro, hire SVG. Then the Clip would be sure to 1-2 with the Lakers in the Pacific yearly. Go L.A. go!

  18. BigBeachBall - May 27, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    Jeff did a diservice to his brother Stan, think about it, Stan is looking for a job as a head coach somewhere right now probably, how many franchises want to hire SVG if they believe his brother Jeff will use his air time to abuse a franchise like that….Jeff basically punked his brother with these comments…

  19. thacloser86 - May 27, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Both Van Gundys sucks at coaching. POW

  20. jimsjam33 - May 27, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    The way the magic treated Stan Van Gundy was shameful , to say the least . Jeff Van Gundy , kudo’s to you for sticking up for your brother . The Van Gundy’s are NBA family and will be around along time either in broadcasting or coaching .

  21. spankygreen - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    umm, JVG had a 10 year coaching career that spanned 748 games. He had a W-L record of 430-318, for a winning percentage of .575. He also coached 88 playoff games, with a W-L record of 44-44, for a winning percentage of .500. Those of you who say he wasn’t a quality coach, you’re obvious more ignorant than you realize.

    Okay, glink123. I give you the 575 win %……but the W-L record in playoff games should read, barely winning % 44-44…..either way, he still sucks….

    raidmagic….if as you say this coach is a great x and o coach then clearly being great is not what is used to be………Hell, I can coach the magic to a .500 record and I don’t know jack about basketball…so I guess that put’s me right along with SVG……STOP SLOBBERING OVER A LOSER,……..

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