Whether it comes with the territory of firing one of the truly elite coaches in the league — Stan Van Gundy deserves a ton of credit, along with Dwight Howard, for revamping the Magic foundation and creating a system that allowed his one-dimensional players to flourish — the Orlando Magic are really feeling the heat from their former coach.
In an interview with 740 The Game, Van Gundy called out Magic CEO Alex Martins, saying that his lack of basketball experience makes him ill-equipped for his job. He even called Martins naive, adding insult to insult.
“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.
Van Gundy wasn’t done obliterating the Orlando organization. He chimed in on how the poorly handled Howard situation forced the Magic to compromise their entire operation, adding that the culture and values of the organization changed when Martins was named CEO.
“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,” Van Gundy said. “It’s always a mistake when you compromise those thing … everything goes South. It was no longer a team-first thing. It was inevitable things would not go as well.”
Van Gundy didn’t shield the blame from himself but he’s been vocal with his discontent, to say the least.
On a more positive note, he said he’s open to coaching but he will likely enter the booth as a TV analyst in the interim.
The lesson in all of this? Don’t fire Van Gundy. You won’t like him when he’s angry.