Friday, August 21st, 2009 at 9:11 am  |  30 responses

Van Gundy: Magic Disrepected by Schedule

Note to Stan: You’re going to feel disrespected until your team wins the ‘Chip: “‘For a team that went to the Finals, we really haven’t gotten the respect teams normally do,’ Van Gundy said. ‘Based upon what we did last year, I think our players do feel a little underappreciated and under respected.’ Van Gundy pointed to a perceived slight by ABC, which usually puts the two Finals teams from the year before in the prime 3 p.m. slot on Christmas day. This year, it’ll be the Los Angeles and Cleveland in the prime slot while the Magic play the Celtics in the prelim game. ‘It’s a lot of little things, and in the long run they’re not very important, but you feel it,’ Van Gundy said. ‘Like the television schedule. Normally on Christmas Day, you get a rematch of the teams that played in the Finals. But instead, we get a Christmas Day matchup of the teams that they (ABC) wanted to see in the Finals.’”

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  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    While he’s right about the Christmas Day game matchup….isn’t it a little early to be bit*hing already? And shouldn’t it be: Note to Stan?

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Someone call the Waaahmbulance!
    I’ll fill out the Magic 2010 playoff post card:
    “Waaahhh! The experts are picking ___ (insert team name) to beat us in the first round!”
    “Waaahh! I can’t believe ___ (insert superstar/franchise player) is getting away with all those (insert alleged violation)!”
    “Waaahh!! (insert center name) sucks! Our Dwight is a much better center! Assuming no one is in the way and he has a ball in his hands 3 inches away from the hoop.”

  • Peter

    What about when Christmas day was all about Lakers-Heat? I think its usually biggest story line of the season, which just happened to be two finals teams last year.

  • http://dsjklf.com Jukai

    Would Van Gundy like some cries with his wahhhhhburger?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    He can always go back to doing adult movies.

  • http://weirdtapes.blogspot.com Fut.

    Van Gundy got some white chocolate to cheer himself up with.

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    hahaha@Anton, okay Jukai and TAD too. and Eboy is right. The coach’s name is Stan.

  • Papou


    errr… spell check?

  • http://nbacheapseats.blogspot.com Chendaddy

    Anything becomes bulletin board material in sports. Very predictable.

  • King David

    of course.everyone wanted to see an LA/Cleveland finals.nobody in there right mind wanted 2 see orlando/LA

  • riggs

    side-note to jeff: that was meant for stan

  • ciroqobama

    I wonder if Stan feels disrespected that slam called him Jeff

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Young Chris MP3

    SVG’s a clown.

  • larrylegend

    van grumpy again

  • tit tat

    It’s obvious to anybody with a brain that the nba hypes up certain teams. Otherwise cleveland wouldn’t have the easiest schedule at the end of the year gettin ready for the playoffs, with ALL those home games. It’s hilarious that they promote their “star” like that. But who cares?

  • http://www.anwilson.blogspot.com rainman10

    I am in my right mind and I did not want to see LA/CLE. I get my feed of Kobe/Lebron on these boards hah.

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  • ENDS

    I wanted to See Orlando in the Finals

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Guess Shaq was right about Stan van Jeremy. Stop sipping the waaaah-germeister in August already, Stan.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/christopher_sells-authorHV106.html chiqo

    simple economics: lebrons v. kobe or anything else? gotta maximize that dollar.

  • Luke

    Note to JEFF??Who wrote this article..STAN you idiot.

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  • http://www.blogs.myspace.com/originadro Witness

    @ tit tat: If Cleveland had a bunch of homes games towards the end of their season wouldnt they have to have a bunch of road games somewhere in between?

  • UnRel

    is this about jeff or stan?

  • underdog

    Wow, a coach bit*hing about TV schedule? Yes, that’s what a runner-up team needs.

  • whooo!

    Stan should talk to the Spurs & Pistons. in ’06, BOTH finalists had a re-match that was was slotted at the same jay-vee slot. Kobe-Shaq was the main event.

  • Chicago-Rose

    Stan has a point. But I’d rather see another Spurs Vs. Suns on Christmas Day that rivalry never gets old.

  • http://www.shoenut.blogspot.com ShoeNut

    I think ABC is still trying to milk the Shaq and Kobe feud, which has been played out for years. But to be honest, I would rather watch the Cavs than the Magic any day.

  • http://slamonline.com Dave

    Your team doesn’t get the respect Finals teams normally do, Stan, because they’re not contenders. The Magic had as much chance winning last year as the Suns and as much this year as the Mavs.
    Good luck with Vince and Jason, by the way. The 2002 ASG just ages like wine…

  • Coast

    Stop giving Stan such a hard time. He was just saying what his players thought.
    Is anyone surprised by the marquee match-up on Christmas? No.
    Who would rather see LA-ORL over LA-CLE? Orlando fans, and few others. ABC is not dumb. LeBron (and now Shaq, unfortunately) are bigger draws than Dwight, Vince, et al. This is obvious. Orlando should stop feeling disrespected, and just play. They’re probably 3rd in the East’s “power rankings” if Garnett is healthy anyway.