Jeff Van Gundy Rips Orlando Magic For Handling Of Brothers Dismissal
Whether he was standing up for his brother, Stan Van Gundy, or just ripping the Orlando Magic for bad behavior, NBA color analyst Jeff Van Gundy let the team that fired his brother have it.
Speaking on 98.7 ESPN New York, Jeff Van Gundy targeted Magic CEO Alex Martins.
“For (Stan Van Gundy) to have been in the office all day and the President, Alex Martins, knows that he is there and let them leave and then he calls him on the phone to fire him? It’s unprofessional,” Jeff Van Gundy said.
“To hide behind the fact or try to make everyone believe that Dwight Howard didn’t have a part in this is absurd. Say, ‘Listen, we fired this guy because we know this is our best chance to keep Dwight Howard. Dwight Howard and I decided to fire him.’ To do anything else is playing a game of semantics.”
Howard spoke to TMZ this week and said he was glad Martins confirmed that Howard had nothing to do with Van Gundy’s ouster. Jeff Van Gundy obviously isn’t buying it. He’s also perturbed by what he described as shallow support of his brother’s coaching ability.
“Finally, and this is the biggest one to me, he said that my brother is the finest ‘X and O’ coach he has been around in his 25 years in the business. Okay, listen, all you have done in your 25 years in the business is release press releases and run the business side.
“You don’t know if a ball is blown up or stuffed. You don’t know if the pick and role coverage on the side is right or wrong. Just say ‘I have no knowledge about basketball.’ It’s offensive when someone who has no knowledge about basketball even in a positive comment tries in those ways to sour of negate what Brian Hill did as a coach or what Matt Guokas did as a coach.
“He doesn’t know one thing about basketball so please hold off your comments on my brother’s expertise since you know nothing about basketball.”