Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 at 1:40 pm  |  60 responses

Stan Van Gundy to LeBron James: Stop Crying Over Scrutiny

SVG can’t help himself when it comes to answering the media’s leading questions, and it’s never more entertaining than when he’s asked for his thoughts on the Miami Heat, and their superstar LeBron James. From SRI (via 790 The Ticket): “Has LeBron James been covered fairly by the media? ‘That’s an interesting question. He’s been covered in great volume, which generally if you get that kind of attention will lead to some exaggeration at times both ways. Maybe at times they are making you greater than you are and at times trying to say that you’re not as good as you really are, but I think the biggest things about LeBron’s coverage and the Heat’s coverage in general is just in extreme volume. There’s probably not a team, certainly not a team in our sport that has generated that kind of interest in a long, long, time and maybe not in any sport.’ At any point did you find yourself feeling bad for LeBron James? ‘No I can’t say that. Look I’m not the most empathetic person in the world anyway, but look first of all it’s sports. The thing that would make me feel bad for somebody was some personal issue. I’m not going to feel bad that you are struggling on a basketball court because you only get to within two wins of a championship. Come on there was nothing to feel sorry for. I got a little tired I’ll admit of the whole everybody hates us routine. I thought first of all it’s not true. Okay it’s the same as the Yankees type of thing. There’s just a lot of people interested, so there may be more people who dislike you. There are also more people that like you. There’s a great deal of interest. Second of all they brought it on…LeBron more than anybody. They brought all that scrutiny and attention on yourself. You went out seeking it then don’t cry in the face of it. That to me got to be a very tiresome story line.’”

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  • Ovachicken

    That doesn’t excuse you chumpy a$$ team from suckin AGAIN next year fatty.

  • Ovachicken

    + nobody aksed you chubsta.

  • Dru

    ^^ You my friend are extremely slow. These are responses to a reporter. You do know what a reporter does for a living right?! SMH… Just say no to drugs..

  • Ovachicken

    This is why Dwight is not going to stay with the magic. Coz this chubster is simply RETARDED.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    I’m not a Lebron fan, but Stan Van has no business telling anyone to stop crying. That dude is one of the whiniest coaches in the league – always crying about refs, about schedules, about his players’ attitudes. It’s crazy that he should be trashing Lebron for being over-exposed in the media and then providing more soundbites about him.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    @Ovachicken…he was asked the question and he is right about the situation.

  • ripslam

    @Ovachicken: Please take your mangled excuse for English back to wherever you came from. He *was* asked a question, and answered it honestly.

  • http://www.listerblister.blogspot.com rainman10

    I love how people in the comments section never respond to or address what SVG actually says. They just call him fat or say his team sucks. That fact is, he is right this time.
    It’s basketball, no one feels sorry for you losing, and it may seem like a lot of people hate the Heat, but they also got a lot of fans to jump on that bandwagon this year. Those Heat players brought all this on themselves, all they can do now is win. Anything is else is failure. They were the ones that had a celebration before the season talking about 6, 7, 8 championships. Really? Is DWade going to be playing past 35? They weren’t thinking and now they have to live with it.

  • Ovachicken

    ripslam – backup off his tip for the single fact you on it like a … .. . …. …. !!


    The only one crying will be SVG. It’s obvious & funny because of that.


    svg can’t feel sorry 4 lebron. 1 was 2 wins away from a championship and the other got bounce outta the playoff in the 1st round by the lowly hawks. Did I mention the 3 times defensive player of the year averaged 27p 15.5r 2b 1s and shot .682 from the field. You’re lucky you still have a job Stan


    I’m sue SVG was asked plenty of interesting questions but no one would have listened unless it had LEBRON JAMES in the headline.

  • Sizzle

    Sizzle to SVG: You might be the biggest cry baby in the league. Add to it that you can’t coach a lick. Your brother could out coach you any day. Hell at least he even has a nice TV gig. They would never put your ugly self on that. Go be a Ron Jeremy Stand in and work the Strip in Vegas. The only things you know how to do well is eat and complain. THE MASTER OF PANIC. Please change up your wardrobe too. If there was an award for worst dressed coach in sports you’d take home that chip every year. HOLLA

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    I agree with SVG 100 percent. What happened with his Magic squad has absolutely nothing to do with the answers he gave to the questions he was asked which were in fact, true.

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

    co-sign Bryan

  • bike

    Well, he’s right about the extreme volume but the Heat and big three generated the extreme volume. They didn’t do what they bragged they would do and now are faced with eating a mountain of crow. Such is sports, such is life. It’s gonna haunt them all summer and all next season but it seems such a small price to pay when you are making millions and millions of dollars playing a game. So my advice to LeBron and co. is act like you really care, stay humble, and at the end of the day laugh all the way to the bank. Because in the big scheme of life, it really does not matter.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    SVG’s actually right this time.

  • Ovachicken

    I wonder what his answer was to ‘ Why did your team fail miserably this season when it was supposed to be better ?’ or ‘ do you ever question you own $exuality ?’ SVG – ‘… what was that about Bron again ?’

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    SVG is 100% correct. And typical “fans” who fail to address the issue at hand and simply insult the man or his team. He was asked questions directly; had Stan simply pulled a Kareem, then yeah, this would be uncalled for.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick the Quick

    Typical SLAM commentors (at least most of them,anyway). Anytime someone makes a seemingly negative comment about their favorite player or team, DESPITE having a lot of truth to it, they either attack the person as a player/coach/announcer whatever and try to make it seem that they are not the best at their position therefore not qualified to have any opinion/comment on the situation. See Boobie Gibson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Charles Barkley, Steve Kerr, Rick Barry and not SVG. So I guess MJ is the only one qualified to be critical about LBJ.

  • http://sadjklff.com Jukai

    He’s 100% right.
    The media put way too much emphasis on the heat.
    There’s NO reason to feel sorry for a team that came two wins from a championship the year it was constructed.
    Lebron and the Heat sort of brought it on themselves by not being more humble.
    Nothing else to discuss.

  • http://sadjklff.com Jukai

    Although, on the other hand, I do feel this has brought out a lot of TERRIBLE journalism. Like, really really bad journalism. So while I don’t feel bad for Lebron, I think a lot of writers should have taken a greater hit than they did.

  • tRay

    UUUHHHHH LEBRON!! (Stan Van voice)

  • Sizzle

    “They brought all that scrutiny and attention on yourself. You went out seeking it then don’t cry in the face of it. That to me got to be a very tiresome story line.’” I am unsure how the cried in the face of it? Is this a reference to cry-gate after those consecutive losses? I may be wrong but I can’t come out and say that I have seen them say to the Media “Please guys stop hating on us.” The only reference I think that can be construed toward his argument was when Wade said something to the effect that “Miami Heat lost a game, the world is a better place because of it” after the first game. Other than that, I don’t see where it was referenced as ongoing throughout the season.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Writers should have taken a hit? Word? What for? I don’t get that.
    Is it terrible journalism for writing negative and not positive pieces about the Heat? I don’t understand. And besides, who’s going to attack the writers anyway? Basketball players?! That’s funny…

  • NinjaAT

    Damn! Some of y’all are just trippin’. Didn’t know SVG wasn’t allowed to answer a question without his team getting past the first round, dressing better etc. So by those qualifications, none of us should be allowed to comment on SVGs comments. Btw, I agree with SVG. Who told the Heat to showboat before the season even began. Dwade is one of my favourite players, but the way they carried themselves before the season started and during parts of the season made it hard for me to even like them.

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  • robb

    If this bad journalism’s gonna continue for the rest of the offseason and possible lockout, man I’m gonna go crazy. Stan’s right about one thing, LBJ brought that attention to himself, so yes, he’s responsible to a certain extent, but that’s no excuse for this shark-like frenzy, it’s getting really annoying. .

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    He nailed that one on the head.

  • mdshuai33

    @ Sizzle: I don’t think they ever literally “cried in the face” of the scrutiny, but it seemed to me that a lot of their interaction with the media had a certain amount of injured, insulted pleading for the writers to like them again; but that could’ve just been my impression.
    @Bryan: I would attack the writers. Listening to the stupid,inane leading questions they were asking during the post game press conferences was astounding. Not only were they asking questions to support their own point of view – eschwing facts to support theories, rather than theories to support facts, as Sherlock Holmes would say – but those veiws often tended to miss the entire story of the game/series. I got sick of it. For example, the idiot who asked Jet if Dirk’s fever-game compared to Jordan’s flu game. Dirk’s my boy, but NO F**KING WAY did it compare: he had almost half as many points, for starters. Why not write a story detailing specifically how the Mav’s defense was forcing the heat into bad shots late in games,and how the Heat’s poor offensive sets in crunch time crippled their ability to execute: when your go-to play is Iso-Lebron/Wade every time in the last 6 minutes, you haven’t done your job as a coaching staff.

  • doyouwantmore

    He’s right.

  • http://www.walshsportsblog.com Darren

    He’s probably right but I dont know why he keeps falling into reporters traps; just give a generic answer and don’t provide fuel to the oppo.

  • giogolo

    though his voice annoys me so much and I think his “dispostion” also betrays his effectiveness as a coach..the way he talks and sounds so irritating ther’s no sens of calm or assurance with him in the huddle. he’s so right about what he said.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    @mdshuai33: I certainly agree with you with regard to reporters asking better questions. I recall a writer recently asking LeBron about his relationship with Drake and doing a 1500+ word story on it which I thought was completely absurd. But there have been stories written with regard to your last sentence and you don’t have to look very hard to find them.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Most people who commented said SVG was right and slammed the folks who criticized him. Just thought that should be pointed out.

  • kev

    Sorry but i don’t remember Lebron crying over scrutiny. I remember him killing the bulls and celtics. I remember him admitting to not playing well in the finals and pledging to do better. Damn can’t people stop hating on this guy for 5 minutes, its getting boring……. Stan Van needs to be worried about his own job! How many years can you fail as a coach on a contender before you get replaced?

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

    I love that SVG rarely excercises his “no comment” option.

  • T-Money

    SVG offers his opinion on absolutely anything while at the same time being very offended when his own actions or work are questioned. Funny how that works. The guy seems insufferable and is not respected by his players. Look at the quotes from his former and current players – they respect the work ethic but not the man.

  • http://yahoo dallen

    SVG is oso right. LeBron,D-Wade, and Co. did indeed bring all this hoopla on themselves, I too would agree. Now since the great defense of the Mighty Mavs showed these Heat how a real championship run should look like and end like, now the whole world knows how much talk that all that the Heat did from start to finish. Now they look like broken down boys playing in a man’s game. All the little childish things that they did before and not mention while they were being brought to their knees howling please,please,please don’t Mavs show how sorry we really are. Now the world really knows. We are knew that the media would bite into it, so we sneeze, and look, they did just what we knew they would do. Yeah! blow it all up! Heard that one before[D-Wade]

  • http://twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    100% correct.

  • T-Money

    i feel sorry for dallen

  • http://sdkjflf.com Jukai

    BC: Having a negative opinion is one thing. Making up stories and writing hate just because Lebron laughed at your question is bad journalism. Sorry, you TERRIBLY dislike Lebron but you’ve always kept your own pieces as unbiased as you can. Some guys just went loony. I mean, how do people like Woj still have the credibility they do? It’s absurd.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Oh look, another LeBron story that really isn’t a story.. Yay.

  • asgf

    I hope he chokes on his fat as$arm next time he talks

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    SVG is great. Almost as great as JVG. Both refuse and spit at the thought of having a filter. I appreciate it, greatly.

  • MikeC.

    Stan Van Gundy is no Glen Davis.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    I hate to get off topic, but seeing as this is a thread on the Magic (kinda), what do you guys think of the rumor of Josh Smith for Jameer, Orton, and Anderson?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ^ Great trade for the Hawks, imo.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    I think it helps both teams Teddy, cause it gives Gil the starting spot in Orlando and Dwight gets his best buddy on his team.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    True. The Magic lose a lot of offense getting Josh, though, but they make up for it on the defensive end.


    Whats wrong with me hating SVG, hes a fat slob who couldt bring the best out of a dope team, why is he still in Orlando + whether he’s right or wrong i dont care for his opinion. Coz its a pointless story 4 real. Thanx for another installment of whackness.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    The Irony about this headline is just amazing! xD

  • hillbilly

    Most of what SVG said is spot on. But, I think the whole crying/whining thing should’ve been directed at DWade more than LeBron. Wade’s the guy who famously said, “When the Heat lose, everyone’s happy & everything’s right with the world”…or, something to that effect.

  • James AKA…

    The analysis was quite good, except for the crying comment. thats what changes it from a purely academic – and i think accurate – assessment to name calling. The cheapshot doesn’t take away from the analysis, but it does open the door for pointless escalation and griping, which is what the initial spat of comments seemed to have a lot of. The fact though, that anyone not named lebron james or directly connected to him takes it personally is an indictment of their character. You don’t know him personally, and never will, so leveling school yard insults at someone else you won’t and never will know as though you matter to either of them demonstrates that you’re emotionally involved in the lives of celebrities, and hence no different than people who buy supermarket tabloids and trade stories about angelina jolie.


    Check out the big brain on James aka … !! ^^^^^ hit it on da head son.! ^^^^^

  • Ka

    Svg keeps ot real.

  • James AKA…

    Thanks. The funny thing is, the internet does the same thing. You get really pissed at people you never know, so it takes effort to not immediately start throwing the proverbial monkey ish at eachother from the drop. I made an effort in that post to say something other than “acting like an idiot” or some other insult and picked something that was actually comparable. Its important to act like an adult (especially since at 30, one hopes I’m an adult) because like aristotles quote on excellence, civility is not something you attain but something you practice.

  • JL

    I want to know what his alter ego Ron Jeremy thinks about this.

  • BostonBaller

    SVG’s size & coaching ability aside, he is a funny dude who speaks his mind. lol. I wouldn’t blame all of the Magic’s problems on him, GM’s bring in the talent, players play and coaches have to piece together whatever is given to them. As far as the Heat go, I never feel sorry for pro athletes b/c they get paid royally win or lose. I hated that my Celtics got bounced but I didn’t feel sorry for any of them. Peace…

  • James AKA…

    Van Gundy put it perfectly. you feel sorry for personal tragedy, but the job is just the job. you don’t win: so what?