Stan Van Gundy: What A Shame You Are

Don AbrahamContributor IJune 12, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 11:  Head coach Stan Van Gundy talks to Rafer Alston #1 of the Orlando Magic during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Four of the 2009 NBA Finals on June 11, 2009 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 Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Stan Van Gundy is the dumbest NBA coach to ever coach in the finals! Rafer Alston should be playing the majority of the minutes at point guard. Jameer Nelson should either warm the bench or be in a suit cheering the way he did against Boston and Cleveland.

No wonder Pat Riley gave him the boot in Miami and took over the coaching duties. Alston was the point guard who led them to the Eastern Conference Championship, not Nelson.

With all respect to Nelson and the job he has done in the regular season, playing him in the finals after a four-month absence is absurd.

Alston had big games against Cleveland, Boston and Philadelphia, so why would Van Gundy delegate minutes to Alston.

In Game One of the finals the Orlando Magic was leading by five points in the 2nd quarter 33-28, Alston sat the bench the whole second quarter and the Lakers blew open a 12-point lead which lead to a 26-point victory.

In Game Five, Alston sat the bench in the fourth quarter and overtime. Unfortunately, Jameer Nelson was in the game.

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With the Magic up by three with 10 seconds left, a rusty Nelson let Derek Fisher take the ball up the court and shoot a wide-open, uncontested, three-point shot. 

The Magic had a foul to give, so Nelson had three options. The first option was to foul Fisher and make the Lakers run another play, the second option was to contest the shot and the third option was to let Fisher shoot an uncontested shot.

Needless to say Nelson chose option No. 3. What else can you expect from a rusty point guard who hasn't played in four months.

I do not think there is a coach on the planet who would have inserted Jameer Nelson into the rotation after a four-month absence, especially in pivotal moments. The point guard position is so important in basketball, a sport that's based in chemistry, the Magic had chemistry with Alston as the captain, now their on the verge of being eliminated.

Im sure Alston cannot sleep at night. I have never seen a coach in any sport make such a stupid decision. Van Gundy is the dumbest coach in American sports I have ever seen.

There is no reasonable explanation for Nelson being inserted into the rotation this late in the playoffs. There is no reason for Alston to lose playing time when he has anchored an offense that beat Boston and Cleveland.  

If there is anyone out there who can provide me an explanation for Van Gundy's rotation switch, please explain.

Every time the cameras are pointed at Alston on the bench I just shake my head and think "oh what an idiot Stan Van Gundy has become!"

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