Early last week, Jeff Van Gundy made headlines by predicting that the new look Miami Heat will break the NBA's single season win record of 72.
Now, Orlando Magic Coach, Stan Van Gundy, has chimed in and seems to be in agreement with his brother.
Stan Van Gundy had this to say on the Dan LeBatard Show:
"If I look at what the Bulls did winning 72 games [in 1995-96] and I look at the Heat roster, I am going to tell you that the Heat roster is better than any roster that Michael Jordan played with with the Bulls," he said. "I don’t think that people predicting them breaking the win total and being in the 70s and the whole thing, I don’t think those are expectations that are out of line based on their roster. Whether they come true or not, we’re going to find out in a few months, but I don’t think those are crazy predictions for the roster they have."
He went on to compare the Miami Heat team to Chicago Bulls team that went 72-10, player by player:
"Dwyane Wade is certainly, in my opinion anyway, as good as he was, is better than Scottie Pippen.Chris Bosh is better than Toni Kukoc. Mike Miller is every bit as good a shooter as [John] Paxson or [Steve] Kerr or anybody they put there. Plus, he’s 6′8″. If you start going down the list, I don’t think there is any question that the roster the Heat have is as talented a roster if not more so as any roster there has ever been in the NBA."
It is a bit surprising to hear such high praise coming from the Heat-rival Orlando Magic.
One can't help but wonder what some of the Orlando players and fans think about their coach's statements.
One thing is for sure, expectations are high for the Miami Heat. Even the enemy's expectations.