Thursday, June 30th, 2011 at 9:35 am  |  12 responses

Stan Van Gundy and Gilbert Arenas’ Relationship Improving?

After visiting with a couple of shrinks over the summer, SVG met with the frustrated Gilbert Arenas (who has some pretty influential support in the locker room), and even though they supposedly came to an understanding, it doesn’t sound like Gil’s role on the Orlando Magic is any clearer going forward. From the Sentinel: “Stan Van Gundy is trying to get better by exercising his mind and understanding what makes people tick. Van Gundy has seen two psychologists — and he’s only coached Gilbert Arenas for about half a season. I posted that line on Twitter, so Gilbert knows I must be joking … Van Gundy said he and Arenas have had a meeting of the minds and cleared the air. ‘He talked about what upset him,’ Van Gundy said. “Gilbert was not as frustrated with his playing time as he was (during the season). It’s different once you’re out of the heat of battle. He’s an intelligent guy. He had a frustration that we didn’t play to his strengths. ‘I think he had a valid point.’ Van Gundy said he knows it was ‘very, very tough’ for Arenas to go from starter to bench player and from a primary scorer to complementary piece. Still, Van Gundy said Jameer Nelson will go into the season as the starting point guard. He added he’s ‘unsure of what Gilbert’s role is’ — behind Nelson or at the two-guard spot — if he doesn’t return ‘considerably lighter,’ focused and his knee at full strength. As for [Dwight] Howard siding with Arenas — creating a possibility of a divided team — Van Gundy shrugged.”

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  • http://hoopism.com airs

    09-10: 23 ppg, 7 assists, 4 rebs.
    10-11, BEFORE being traded, in only 21 games: 17 ppg, 6 assists, 3 rebs.
    now this is all AFTER the knee injury mind you. ppl making too much of a big deal about his knee.
    agent zero’s being blackballed.

  • yes.we.did.

    They need Gil to play like he’s capable of if they want to make a realistic attempt at not only a deep playoff run, but in keeping dwight howard. if van gundy’s the issue, do away with him. You can find another coach, there’s no finding another dwight howard.

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

    @airs cosigned completely. if anyone ever questioned what type of a point guard Gilbert Arenas is should recall his play in fairly limited minutes with recurring knee injuries in his last two years in DC. I’ll agree that its on him to cut some weight and get back into playing shape but Orlando completely used his skill incorrectly last year. He is a shooter, but he’s a lead guard first.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    let Gil start.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    With Arenas clowning and such on twitter, he’s atleast coming back as a personality. Hopefully he comes back as a player.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    They don’t blackball you into not making a shot ever for the Magic. I waited and waited for dude. Not 1 good game did he play for the magic. He shot like 30% consistently. I love his game and hope it eventually gets back to 70% of where it was.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I think Van Gundy needs to give him a heavy amount of consecutive minutes. Instead of those 6-minute bursts he was playing Arenas in for the majority of the season. Let Arenas play 2, 12 minute stretches if you only want to limit him to 25 minutes a game or whatever. He’s a rhythm player, always has been, let him get in a rhythm.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    SVG has mastered the shrug.

  • bike

    Van Gundy has seen two psychologists ? Why two? Did the first one eject him from his office and call him a Master of Panic?

  • D12FSU

    after so many years of coaching, with so many different personalities, it took Gilbert Arenas to push SVG to the psychiatric chair

  • JL

    did he reconcile with him by starting his own planking tweets?

  • LA Huey

    SVG is a fan of planking.