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Thursday, May 31st, 2012 at 11:40 am  |  9 responses

JJ Redick: Orlando Magic Had ‘Some Issues’ in the Locker Room


Given all of the well-publicized Dwight Howard and Stan Van Gundy drama in Orlando this year, JJ Redick admitting that the Magic had “some issues” in their locker room is perhaps the understatement of the season. From WYGM in Orlando, via SRI: “How he felt when Stan Van Gundy was let go: ‘Yeah I think that’s the best way to say it. I was disappointed. I can’t say that I was shocked because there had been so much speculation and obviously with how this season turned out and the disappointment of the last two years of losing in the first round, obviously someone kind of had to take the fall for that but I went on Doug Gottlieb’s show the day after it happened and I will say this, I don’t think Stan is to blame, I don’t think Dwight is to blame, I think each player and each coach has to take some responsibility myself. At the end of every season I look in the mirror and ask myself what can I do better? Where did I screw up this year? Why are we still not playing? What could I have done to help us beat Indiana? I think about all those things and I think for the most part everybody should be thinking about that and unfortunately Stan was the guy that took the heat of it.’ Whether there were locker room problems in Orlando this past season: ‘Yeah I don’t think we were as unified as we could’ve been and maybe that is an understatement but there were some issues. We had a great culture the years that we won in 2009 and made it to the Finals. 2008 where it was kind of our first year winning 50 games for Stan’s first year. 2010 when we made it to the Conference Finals again and I really enjoyed our locker room. Those were three teams that I loved being around. In ’08 we had guys like Keyon Dooling, Tony Battie, who had great approaches, were professionals, MP (Mickael Pietrus), Marcin (Gortat), Courtney Lee and myself, we had young guys in ’09 and really the 2010 team to me was my favorite team I played on because we just did everything as a team and it was my one year where everybody kind of bonded on and off the court and then for whatever reason the culture has just changed over the last two years and that certainly affects the locker room. I can’t say it was outright arguing but look there were some issues. I think if you watched us play this year you knew that. You don’t score 66 points in games and lose by 30. That doesn’t happen five times in a season unless there’s some issues.’”

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  • http://www.sportsgrid.com/media/shaq-kobe-highlights/ shutup

    NOOOOOOOOO SAY IT AIN’T SO

  • miller126

    The 2010 team was a fun team with Gortat, Pietrus, VC and Jwill still on the squad. I believe they set a league record in 3′s attempted and made that yr. I was really surprised they didn’t make it to the finals, even though they got embarassed by the C’s (cue Rondo diving thru my man Jwill). They had their “Magic Show” during warmups, it was sum funny, entertaining stuff! (Check it out below)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ON2zSuacy6c&feature=related

  • Magic fan

    i don’t blame you jj

  • Jones

    Co-sign shutup. Understatement of the year.

  • bike

    Dwight is gonna leave for sure now.

  • I’m J.J. Redickulous

    I love you J.J.

  • Andrew

    Ive said it once but I’ll say it again, everyone wants to be revisionist about it but that 2010 team was great and other than the egg they laid in the playoffs vs the celts they could have and should have took it all. Then Otis had to go crap the bed and blew up half the squad – you can’t trade team chemistry and you can’t blow it up because of one bad playoff series. That team deserved a second chance at it all sorry Otis if anyone wants to earn all the scorn I think it’s on you

  • Top$helf

    Captain Obvious strikes again

  • http://www.slamonline.com keep it real

    Magic ain’t gonna be relevant again for 10 years

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