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Your Morning Dump… Where Stan Van Gundy napalms the Magic

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) August 22, 2012 Around the NBA, The Morning Dump 4 Comments

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

It’s a typical lack of understanding from someone who has no sports knowledge, who has never coached or played, who has never been in a lockeroom….it’s a naivete,” Van Gundy said of [Orlando CEO Alex] Martins Monday morning on Mike Bianchi’s show on AM 740.

“….I’ll stand on the relationships with players based on the results we got.

“I think Alex’s comments are based on the fact that Dwight and maybe others didn’t like me…and thinking somehow that’s important.”

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“I’ll take my share of the blame and management needs to take theirs,” he said.

Van Gundy said the way the Magic handled the Howard drama “wasn’t good.”

“The Dwight thing was so big….in an effort, I guess, to make Dwight happy and everything else, we compromised a lot of the culture and values we had before that. It’s always a mistake when you compromise those things…everything goes South. It was no longer a team-first thing,” he said. “It was inevitable things would not go as well.”

Orlando Sentinel

One reason people love Stan Van Gundy so much is that he rarely minces words.  And these words are quite un-minced.  He’s basically pinning the entire debacle, and by association the blockbuster trade that sent Dwight to the Lakers and Andrew Bynum to the 76′ers, on Alex Martins.

And I’m betting that, to an extent, he’s right.

Dwight Howard might be the NBA’s biggest baby (in size, and in immaturity).  He cost two people their jobs (though I think it was time for Otis Smith to leave) by inexplicably giving up his early termination option instead of just leaving Orlando on his own as a free agent this summer and sparing us all this BS.  He held his team hostage…. for what?  For paying him a ton of money?  For consistently being in the playoffs?  For acquiescing to his whims and letting him be the kid he was?

Someone tell me the difference between Dwight’s behavior and that of a spoiled kid throwing a tantrum in the middle of a store?  And who allowed that?

Not Stan.  That’s allowed by a management and ownership that is so afraid their star will leave, that they try to give him everything he wants in an effort to keep him.  But that rarely works.  It didn’t work for LeBron.  It didn’t work for Dwight.  And now the end result, again, is the league seeming bending over backwards to hand Los Angeles a mega-star center for less than it should have paid.

Yes, Stan screwed a few things up too.  But Stan’s job was compromised, and once that happens, it’s tough to make the right moves.  I’ve never fully agreed with Stan Van Gundy’s coaching decisions. I feel like he mis-used Howard a bit and relied way too much on playing outside-in rather than inside-out… but I always thought he handled his team well.  He’s a tell-it-like-it-is guy who should have no problem getting another job, even if some owners might feel put off by this “honest assessment” of the Dwight Howard situation.

Alex Martins made this mess, now it’s up to the rest of the league to deal with the fall out every time they play the Sixers or Lakers.

The rest of the links:  ESPN Boston:  Summer Forecast: Bench boost?

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  • Jim

    Just an aside ,I’m sure someone could enlighten me,how do the Lakers make the Howard deal work financially? I’m no expert on these matters but I know Kobe’s salary is huge,Gasol can’t come cheap and Howard must be a big earner and thats just three.The Celtics couldn’t even scrape together the money to resign Pietrus,so what is going on?

    • Chulinho

      Basically, Dwight is only under contract for the 2012-13 season. Because of that the Lakers are okay for the moment. Next summer is a completely different story…which is a reason I don’t think he’ll stay in L.A. The price of Howard, Gasol, Nash, and Bryant would be absolutely insane.

      • kg215

        You think the Lakers would have got rid of Bynum if they didn’t plan on keeping Dwight? They have an insane TV deal, they can easily afford to be way over the cap if it means contending with D12. The reason the Lakers can pull this is they were over the cap a lot more than we were, so they just sign and trade and stay the same amount over the cap with new player(s). It’s kind of like we are being punished for not having a ton of huge contracts pre-CBA.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003406582217 Gustavo

          I think Chris Paul to the Clippers is a better chcoie in my opinion Blake Griffin last years MVP could use a solid 15 and 10 point guard. As for Dwight going to the Lakers, I don’t think Kobe and another superstar is a good idea. Think of what happened with Shaq and Kobe. Of course they one three rings but that was when Kobe was in his prime and Shaq too. I think that Kobe is trying to get his right now and with the way Dwight Howard’s game is he needs touches. In Orlando last year there were too many times where Dwight didn’t touch the ball as he wanted to and he expressed it vocally through the media. If this happens in Orlando why go somewhere where there is already a superstar present? But too each it’s own. The NBA will be interesting with all of the big moves made this off-season. MIAMI BABBBBBYYYYYY!!!!!!