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Stan Van Gundy says Brown’s firing ‘the most ridiculous in NBA history’

Nov 9, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

Orlando's Stan Van Gundy shouts during an NBA playoff basketball game in Indianapolis Reuters

When the Lakers fired Mike Brown on Friday, the next logical step was to wonder who the team would end up getting to replace him as head coach.

It won’t be Stan Van Gundy, despite his credentials.

Now a contributor for the NBC Sports Radio Network, his messy divorce from Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic a season ago almost immediately disqualifies him, if for no other reason than Howard is a free agent at the end of this season, and L.A. obviously isn’t going to do anything to jeopardize their plan of re-signing him.

But Van Gundy has a unique perspective on the firing, considering how things ended for him after the relative success he achieved in Orlando. And he wasn’t necessarily on board with what the Lakers did to Brown so early in the season.

From Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel:

It’s unclear if Van Gundy’s outspoken and honest nature will hurt him if indeed he decides to return to the sidelines. But coming from someone whose own termination was pretty crazy, to call this one the most ridiculous of all is certainly quite a statement.

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