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Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  18 responses

Stan Van Gundy: ‘We’re Not Ready to Contend’

Statements like these following tough losses to awful teams are part of the reason SVG was famously nicknamed “The Master of Panic” by Shaq. From the Sentinel: “Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy often worries that his roster hasn’t committed to playing sound defense. Just imagine how he felt as the Memphis Grizzlies steamrolled his team during the second and third quarters Monday night. You can blame the Magic’s missed shots down the stretch and Dwight Howard’s costly technical foul in the game’s final seconds. But, ultimately, the 100-97 loss to the Grizzlies was caused primarily by long stretches of atrocious defensive play. ‘We’re not ready to contend,’ Van Gundy said afterward. ‘We don’t defend hard enough for long enough, and we’re going to see if over the next 10? weeks now if it’ll change. If it does, then we have a chance to be as good as anybody. And it if doesn’t, then we don’t.’”

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  • http://Gmail Dirty Frank

    Well said.

  • MUBWAR

    The Magic were never really a contender. Dwight inside game and powerful defense were the only reasons that team was a force. He’ll sign with a contender in a couple years.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    Let’s face it, Orlando is too small a market and isn’t San Antonio, so what chance does it have?

  • Armando

    I really don’t understand how/why the size of the market matters that much, esp. when the market is in Florida. You have basically no time off during the season so it’s not like you spend a lot of time going out and stuff… Besides, would you rather play in Detroit (11th biggest media market) or Orlando? (just an example)… can anyone explain why market size matters and which other factors matter?

  • Airnest

    Dwight should just go to Boston, when he becomes an FA.

  • Airnest

    Dwight should just go to BOS when he becomes a FA

  • robb

    Dwight would never go to Boston, he’s no døuch€

  • monkeyball

    Orlando has been great at attracting free agents. The T-Mac-rant Hill experiment never got off the ground because Hill got injured. Duncan was definitely interested in Orlando that year. It’s a small market, but a great location, an established franchise with a history (two finals appearances, a few conference championship series).

  • toinefan88

    They can play all the defense they want, they still aint fu@kin with the CELTICS!

  • miller126

    Orlando’s best chance was last year, they never lost a season series to any team. VC and Shard were both non-exsistent in the conf. finals, and it still went to 6 games. Otis had a horrible off season, signing Duhon?? wtf…Qrich, eh? no, let go of Barnes (even with the injury), bumped jwill out (he had a very solid season last yr, 14-4 as a starter). This team is going nowhere, especially when Dwight leaves, hes already frustrated now, wait til they get bounced out again.

  • Towelie

    SVG sux!!!

  • mike

    Stan is right. no point in playing hard all season just to lose in the playoffs. Last year we had 2nd best record in the league , this year we still have a strong team building chemistry as we speak. people who think the magic are going no where are wrong. 2 years ago finals appearance, last year 2nd best record … the team has the accolades, they just need to take that extra step, an they show they are capable of beating the best, now they have to show they can do it in 7 games..

  • kc

    When you only have one defensive player, your defense isn’t going to be very good. Even if he is the defensive player of the year, one man can’t do it all on defense.

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com just bcuz

    dwight is the only REAL YOUNG talent on that team! everyone else is slow veteran players. he needs to get with some dudes he can run and showtime with

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Stan Van Gundy isn’t ready to contend.

  • MusketeerX

    @Robb — HILARIOUS: “Dwight would never go to Boston, he’s no døuch€ “

  • http://google c_cantrell

    ^mubwar..
    never a contender? so i guessing reaching the finals is simply no big deal? that a team who is not even considered a contender can do it huh? dumb*ss

  • http://slamonline.com Caboose

    If Gilbert steps his game up and the team connects on more of their open threes (vs the Grizzlies, almost every perimeter shot was wide open), the Magic will make some noise. Can they upset the Celtics? Let’s just say it’d be a helluva series.

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