Monday, March 7th, 2011 at 2:30 pm  |  37 responses

Stan Van Gundy: There is Crying in Basketball

Fans, media, and opposing NBA players have all had nearly 24 hours to laugh at the Miami Heat for crying following their demoralizing loss to Chicago yesterday. According to Stan Van Gundy, though, this sort of thing happens behind closed doors more often than you would imagine (and says Miami deserves all the criticism they’ve received so far.) From the Orlando Sentinel: “NBA players crying over a regular season game? Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said it’s not as uncommon as you may think. ‘We all have, but it’s not something I would comment on and tell you who or when or anything else,’ Van Gundy said Monday. ‘But yeah, I think we’ve all had that. Usually playoff-type situations … Probably the only time I’ve seen it are in the games that sort of end your year in the playoffs. But yeah, I’ve seen it.’ Hey, whether you want to admit it or not, we’ve all cried over a sad movie or a bad breakup or a job rejection or anything else painful of the sort. It’s just difficult for many to picture NBA players — some of the most competitive, strong, masculine human beings in the world — shedding tears in front of other men over a game. But don’t we want our athletes to care? If fans are putting their money and emotions into this game, isn’t it best if the players in the games do the same? ‘I don’t care whether a guy cries or not,’ Van Gundy said. ‘I don’t see what difference it makes. But I don’t have to fill three hours of a sports talk show. Those guys need something to talk about. Mike and Mike in the morning, I don’t know, how long are they on? Three or four hours? I guess there aren’t enough games to just talk about the games, so you gotta figure out who was crying in the locker room. I’m just glad that’s not my job – trying to figure out who was crying.’”

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  • A.B.

    HA! First!

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    Does anyone else hear SVG’s annoying whiny hoarse voice when reading his comments?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    He’s probably talking about big baby.

  • aL3x_002

    I agree with svg completely. Everybody has had moments like that before in sports… The HEAT are an easy target since everybody classified them as villains and soft…

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  • cramzy

    this the type of ish that’s gone get the homie Spo fired. Don’t tell the world your squad was boo hooing it up!

  • Nigel

    I’m currently picturing an image of JVG in one of the ESPN RV commercials when he looked like he was about to cry after Mike Breen asked if he was the one driving.

  • First & Foremost

    Enigmatic – I even sat back and folded my arms while reading it.

  • ClydeSays

    I got shorter, fatter & grew a stache while reading that.

  • Cheech

    Enigmatic- I do the same when I read Avery quotes, I just imagine the duck quacking.

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    co-sign SVG

  • KSupreme

    Somebody call the waaaambulance…..Miami weep….looks like this is gonna be a trend once Miami starts winning…..aaaaaaaanythiiiiiing is pooooooossssssiiiiibllle

  • Bulls2011champs

    Cry over a loss, like a bosh. Chris probably didn’t cry as hard as when James and wade left him in the car for hours in front of whatever club it was.

  • wilz

    bron cries on the court all the time…just watch in HD

  • add

    why would spoelstra say his team cried to the media, that’s just an embarrassing and stupid coaching move

  • Mr. Wet

    I almost didn’t check slam today, knowing I would have to read an article about this. Media garbage can really ruin sports sometimes.

  • Mr. Wet

    on a separate note, SVG cracks me up.

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    Cryami Heat!!!

  • sanman

    It’s like as if Miami had lost their virginity or something!

  • kh

    i bet jeff foster cries, a lot!

  • MikeC.

    I wonder if they’re crying because they haven’t won 7 championships yet.

  • MikeC.

    This might not register with some of the younger cats on here, but if anyone remembers Chris Farley’s ‘Matt Foley Motivational Speaker’ character from SNL, I think SVG sounds an awful lot like Matt Foley. Can’t you just picture SVG saying “Dwight, you need to develop a post move or you’ll be living in a van down by the river!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Co-sign Jukai

  • http://slamonline.com Bart

    You cry in my locker room you git hit with a Cricket Ball, no wonder they’re soft Spolstra isn’t showing enough tough love

  • mike

    i think admitting that the guys are crying is one of the few public mistakes coach spo has made. i think this is a classy move on SVG’s part to make light of crying, and hopefully lessen some of the flack coach spo an the heat are getting for it. i know they are in-state rivals, by i think Stan is compassionate enough to see that it isnt nice to harp on people in there lowest moments. good job coach

  • robb

    I have no problem criticizing Miami’s inability to close games but I’d never criticize them for crying. This is an emotional game.

  • bisita

    co-sign svg and robb

  • http://nicolehyslop.wordpress.com Nicole

    Sports talk shows need to focus more on the subject matter: sports. The pure game without all of the gossip. As a fan, I do not want to hear if LeBron was crying in the locker room after a regular season loss. I would rather hear about why they lost-give me some analysis and leave the silly comments alone! These guys are real people, too, and the invasion of their privacy is getting out of hand.

  • http://slamonline.com mars

    cry now laugh later

  • http://slamonline.com mars

    cry now laugh later

  • http://slamonline.com mars

    I wonder how many players cried because of Jordan during the regular season? And you know they used to cry in Seattle all the time.

  • bill breedley

    Crying over a regular season game in weak. Heat are the biggest pusses in sports

  • BostonBaller

    Dickie V nailed it!!

  • lockon

    crying is part of everyone’s life but this is stupid. right after the regular season game, wow. good thing if its the playoffs, a valued teammate getting traded, etc but not after losing a regular season game. wow, really weak. and stpid.

  • http://www.slamonline.com krod

    Crying is part of basketball…The heat can ask Glenn Davis about it :)

  • Eddie

    Heat can ask my boy Kendrick P about it. Dude was ballin tears left and right after he got separated from his “brothers.”

  • HOFanalyst

    SVG has got more class than everyone commenting dude is sticking up for the heat in a way. who cares if they cry it means they care at least. people are too stupid sometimes