Thursday, January 20th, 2011 at 11:40 am  |  22 responses

Stan Van Gundy: Gilbert Arenas Struggling With Me

SVG blames Gil‘s struggles in Orlando on his trouble adjusting to his demanding head coach. From the Sentinel: “He’s struggling right now, and I think right now, quite honestly, the biggest thing that he’s struggling with right now is me,’ Van Gundy answered. ‘I don’t think that’s necessarily an easy adjustment for anybody, but for a point guard, I think it’s tough. When Rafer [Alston] came in midseason [in 2008-09], he had played for me before. And, so, he know I was a [jerk], and he was used to it. I only say that half-jokingly. He knew what it was going to be like and the whole thing. And I’m harder on point guards than anybody else. I’m sure Jameer [Nelson] could vouch for that. Here’s what I think happened. If you really look at it, when he [Gilbert] came right in, he was playing well because we weren’t putting a lot on him. He was just playing. He was playing well. He was playing free. And the more expectations I’ve put on him and the harder I’ve been and a little bit quicker hook and all of that, it’s been hard on him. I think a good part of that is … my responsibility. And he and I have to, I think, sit down and talk and try to get a better understanding of each other and what’s going on, because right now I think Gil’s not playing with a great deal of enthusiasm. I don’t think he’s enjoying playing. And I think the way I’m coaching him is a big reason.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Rafer Alston is a FA…someone should pick him up!

  • jay rose

    wow SVG is a jerk??? thats a shocker!

  • Donte

    If this isnt the truth i dont know what is,gilbert just doesn’t seem like the same player anymore not that i think he is being lazy ,but he seems satisfied with the player that he is..he changed, stop calling his self hibachi ,agent 0 took down his blog and the worst thing is he not attacking the way he use to and the magic need him to go off a couple of games or it’s is not going to work out

  • float_world

    Gilbert is pushing for a trade in a non-confrontational way. Don’t be surprised if he ends up on a bottom feeder over the summer like Minnesota or the raptors.

  • First & Foremost

    Otherwise read as… “We need a big man and Arenas is on the Trading Block. We are looking at you Denver.”

  • bnets

    China or Turkey?

  • flipnoyce

    Maybe if you stop whinin like a lil girl STAN, he might actually like you. Arenas wants to be a Star not a Sidekick.

  • http://www.slamonline.com THE REAL RIGGS

    and stan wants to be his head coach not his best friend

  • jdubbs29

    Arenas is done. I watched him as a Wizard. No lift, no shot left. He’s a has-been.

  • Towelie

    It’s SVG’s fault.

  • T-Money

    so… basically stan is saying that he’s been doing lousy coaching job with integrating gil?

  • True H

    Right!! If I’m reading this correctly its basically an admission of very poor management skills. He literally said when Gil initially joined the magic he was playing well and as a result of stan self admittedly being a jerk Gil’s struggling. umm, wtf Stan?

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    props to Stan. To call himself out like that. Thank you Riggs for pointing out what many seem to miss.
    T-Money – No. Stan is saying that Gil can’t handle being held accountable by a coach and being asked to do things other than jack up shots

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I’m going to have to agree with dirty frank.
    Maybe Gilbert never thought about the game, and instead focused solely on skill development. Now he has a coach who demands that he think things through.
    Then again, aside from not hitting shots, I don’t think Gil has been that horrible. He’s better at getting the ball to dwight in good spots in the lane, I know that.

  • EnnBee

    For the record, in the post game press conference SVG did not call himself a “jerk” but actually used the word “asshole.”

  • ClydeSays

    Arenas is used to dominating the ball, shooting at will, not playing D, etc. Can’t do that on a playoff team. Especially if you’re the new guy in town, trying to rebuild your rep. I’m not a huge SVG fan, but it seems like he’s trying taking some of the heat off Gil…

  • T-Money

    Gil has been in the NBA for a long time, did they think they were getting a cerebral point guard that looks to run plays and get guys involved?! Gil is a gunner – either you let him rock or you don’t trade for him. Makes no sense to me whatsoever. Players just don’t change the way they play the game this late in their career.

  • Adrian Zapata

    Gilbert Arenas is a less talented, younger version of Allen Iverson. At least Iverson was able to hold it together for 13 seasons in the NBA.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    I think it’s good of Stan to acknowledge that talking about it in public is the best way to deal with it.

  • 80

    People in general dont understand that player needs to fit into certain gameplay system, regardless of the talent and position. I really dont know what they expected to achieve with Gil, but checkout the Turk who obviously likes SVGs system. He even posterized two times, and last season I was wondering if he even played.

  • greg

    svg took shots at himself so gilbert didnt start shootin off his mouth

  • Anil Ergunay

    this hurts man seeing my idol fail,