Stan Van Gundy Apologizes for Not Playing Starters

by October 15, 2010
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SVG tells the Orlando Sentinel that he feels terrible about not showcasing his stars last night, robbing Magic fans of the opportunity to watch their favorites: “No Dwight, Vince, Jameer, Rashard or Q in the lineup. The Magic trotted out Marcin Gortat, J.J. Redick, Chris Duhon, Ryan Anderson and Mickael Pietrus. This is like going to a Broadway show and finding out that the stand-in has replaced the lead actor … Immediately after the game, Van Gundy said he wanted to see his back-ups perform as a group, which is why he started them all. He also figured Thursday night ‘would be the least attended game of the four (home preseason games).’ The Magic called it a sell-out of 18,846. Fifteen minutes after I left Van Gundy, he called my cell. ‘It’s been bugging me,’ he said. ‘I want to say I’m sorry and I was wrong. I thought I reasoned it through, but I can’t justify it. If it was the first game that somebody came out to see, you bring your kids … I’d be upset, too. I won’t do it again.”