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The Magic are Getting Hyped and Stan Van Gundy is Whining

Can you have a “statement game” before Thanksgiving? Rashard Lewis thinks so, according to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:

“It’s a big game for us,” Lewis said. “We’re playing against one of the best teams in the NBA. I think it’s a statement game, just like the Cleveland Cavaliers game was a statement game. They came in and beat us. It’s going to be tough going into Boston, but at the same time, I think we’re going to see where we’re at.”

Meanwhile, Stan Van Gundy is doing what he does best (other than being a great coach, and I mean that): whining about a perceived lack of respect that exists only in his head (and possibly in his mustache). Here’s Stan, still somehow bitter about a playoff series the Magic won

To Boston fans, last year’s playoff series deserved an asterisk because the Celtics played without Kevin Garnett.

“We didn’t have Jameer either,” Magic coach Stan Van Gundy noted. “People just leave that out. You would think by reading the accounts of that series last year that it was the Celtics without Kevin Garnett and the full-strength Orlando Magic.”

Please stop it. Jameer Nelson is a nice player—a deserving All-Star pick last year for sure—but let’s not create some false equivalency between Nelson and KG. One of the early story lines of this season has been, “Hey, what’s up with Jameer Nelson getting torched by opposing point guards every game? Is this a problem?” Put it this way: Nobody ever watched KG play and asked, “Is his performance on one end of the floor hurting his team?”

I rested my case against Stan and his overblown and ridiculous inferiority complex before the season, and nothing has changed. We all respect the Magic. We all believe they are a real threat to the title. They scare the crap out of me. We’re all aware Jameer Nelson was out with an injury during last year’s playoffs. So please, for the sake of my temper and your legacy, stop the silly whining. You’re better than that. 

  • http://www.thirdquartercollapse.com Eddy

    I wouldn’t say Stan Van Gundy is whining because he has a point. Just look at the annual NBA GM survey that was released before the season. Or the plethora of mainstream media sites. The majority of them aren’t giving the Orlando Magic a chance to repeat in the East, let alone get back to the NBA Finals. The talk has and continues to be about Boston and Cleveland. That’s the reality of the situation. Do people respect Orlando? Sure, but not to the extent of the other two teams I just mentioned. Look at something as mundane as opening night: the matchup was the C’s and the Cavs, national TV, prime-time game.

    What Van Gundy is trying to say (and I was there when he said it at practice) is that “experts” try to dismiss the Magic’s victory over the Celtics because Kevin Garnett was absent for the series, a topic that’s repeated at every turn. Rarely is it mentioned that Jameer Nelson was out, as well. I’m not trying to compare the two players, that’s not what I’m doing, but I’m pointing out that Stan is making an observation. He’s not whining.

    It’s easy to read a quote and interpret it this way or that way when you’re not listening to the cadence of his voice or the tone in his message.

    I’m not trying to be argumentative, just tossing my two cents in.

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    @Eddy: The only issue I have is that I don’t know who these experts are that disrespect the Magic. In that post I link to in the one you’ve commented on here, I collected a series of power rankings, season previews, TV appearance stats from the most well-respected writers covering the game–Hollinger, Ford, Thomsen, Aldridge, Stein, etc.—and they all rank the Magic with or above everyone else.

    Anyone who knows about the NBA knows how good the Magic are. If some idiot columnists that watch 15 games a season don’t get it, or if fans that still think shooting threes is dumb don’t get it, does that really matter? People who know the league get it, and they’ve gotten it since about the turn of ’09, I think.

  • http://www.northstationsports.com North Station Sports

    Well Put! Stan is an excellent coach but the whining has to stop! Ron Jeremy on the HARDWOOD. lol.

  • StayGREEN

    Stan Van Gundy is like the Rodney Dangerfield of the NBA.

    “I get no respect, no respect at all!”

  • Cptn Bubbles

    Did you all see Stan on opening night? I could not help laughing. They had the big build up of announcing the players, & everybody was excited. The crowd was going wild.Then, they said Stan’s name, & he just sat their in a chair all sprawled out like he didn’t give a flying flip. Dare I say it looked a little devil may care, Belichickish ?

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