Van Gundy Doesn't Deserve Lack of Respect

Jessica DAnalyst IApril 23, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - NOVEMBER 18:  Head coach Stan Van Gundy of the Orlando Magic calls out a play during the game against the Toronto Raptors on November 18, 2008 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Following recent comments from Orlando Magic backup center Marcin Gortat, who said that Stan Van Gundy has, "behavior that's not good for us," and, "makes [the team] nervous on the floor," I was pretty disappointed.

Why? Gortat has no reason to complain, and no authority to.

Sure, Van Gundy is intense (he can be often seen pacing the sidelines with his veins bulging out of the sides of his head), but he's a darn good coach. Van Gundy has never led a team that didn't make it out of the first round of the playoffs. He coached his team to 59 wins during the regular season and finished third in the balloting for the NBA coach award.

And like I said, what kind of player does Gortat think he is that he can criticize Van Gundy? If it were Dwight Howard, or Hedo Turkoglu complaining, maybe, just maybe, it would be okay. But they're not complaining. And they won't.

If Gortat is peeved about not getting enough plays called for him, he needs to become a better center—plain and simple. Surely he realizes that Superman is playing center for the team too. Right?

When I played sports, an intense coach was a good coach. The drive to win is the key to winning. And nobody's perfect. Van Gundy's just not going to dote on his players, and that's the end of it. This is the NBA, not youth ball. If Van Gundy on the edge of a heart attack wins games, then so be it. No boys allowed.

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