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Jeff Van Gundy on the Soapbox

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Ethan Sherwood StraussNBA Lead WriterApril 17, 2012

If Jeff Van Gundy does not, as he keeps claiming, talk to his brother about the Orlando Magic, then perhaps this is why he feels the need to talk so frequently in public about it. Yesterday, on a Houston radio show, the lovably cantankerous former coach went off on Dwight Howard and the Magic organization.  

On whether Howard wanted Stan Van Gundy fired:

"My personal view, (Dwight Howard) definitely did what he did and now he's trying to run a public relations scam."

On what Dwight Howard should do, going forward: 

"Stop the nonsense."

On Dwight Howard's performance on the court: 

"(Howard) hasn't played nearly as well."

On why this mess happened: 

"When you have an organization at the highest level with the Magic, enabling his behaviors, and being held hostage to it...it's never going to reflect well on the player."

More on why this mess happened: 

"When you have those accomplices, winning takes a back seat."

Perplexingly, on how he wants his brother to remain with said accomplices: 

"I'm hopeful if Stan wants to say, he can stay."

Just for kicks, a Michael Jordan Bobcats barb: 

"Michael Jordan the player would have detested Michael Jordan the owner." 

Jeff Van Gundy, everybody. Words will not be minced, but they will cut like a knife. 

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