Friday, October 15th, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  13 responses

Stan Van Gundy Apologizes for Not Playing Starters

SVG tells the Orlando Sentinel that he feels terrible about not showcasing his stars last night, robbing Magic fans of the opportunity to watch their favorites: “No Dwight, Vince, Jameer, Rashard or Q in the lineup. The Magic trotted out Marcin Gortat, J.J. Redick, Chris Duhon, Ryan Anderson and Mickael Pietrus. This is like going to a Broadway show and finding out that the stand-in has replaced the lead actor … Immediately after the game, Van Gundy said he wanted to see his back-ups perform as a group, which is why he started them all. He also figured Thursday night ‘would be the least attended game of the four (home preseason games).’ The Magic called it a sell-out of 18,846. Fifteen minutes after I left Van Gundy, he called my cell. ‘It’s been bugging me,’ he said. ‘I want to say I’m sorry and I was wrong. I thought I reasoned it through, but I can’t justify it. If it was the first game that somebody came out to see, you bring your kids … I’d be upset, too. I won’t do it again.”

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    I respect SVG for this.

  • Reflex

    what Tzvi said

  • t-sizzle

    Hah! Thought it was going to be an apology towards the ‘Cats for disrespecting them with the bench lol! Guess not



  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    We accept your apology Ron Jeremy.. Now win the state of Florida..

  • http://zoran_dakovic@hotmail.com RickyRude

    I like Stan Van Gundy. I know he rubs a lot of people the wrong way, but the more I read about this guy, he seems like a great coach who pushes his players and tries to find that perfect balance in a team to propel them to championship glory. I really hope Magic see it sooner than later.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    love watchin this dude when he gets pissed or excited.. some hilarious stuff lol

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Ricky, I also like Stan, but I also hate how he really screwed with the Kings when he committed verbally to coach them for the 07-08 season then backed out after he heard the Magic job was available. Sacto instead got… Reggie Theus?

  • http://google c_cantrell

    ^and stan instead got… the magic? what the hell would u have done in his situation moron lol

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  • http://zoran_dakovic@hotmail.com RickyRude

    Caboose you have to understand it’s all business and just like players chase better teams or better checks wherever they see their needs being met, coaches and staff do the same. Besides it was just a verbal agreement, it’s not like he signed the papers or anything of that nature. I wouldn’t hold that against him. If the public didn’t know that he agreed verbally, would you still be upset at him today? It was a media slip-up and carried in very unprofessional manner. That should’ve been kept low-profile, both on Stan’s and the Kings organization part, since it wasn’t official.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    You do have a point Ricky, the media did blow it out of proportion. It really is a business but the way it was carried out by both parties was tactless. That being said, Stan is my third favorite coach in the league behind Pop and Adelman.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    wow….never thought I’d say this but I really respect this man for this