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Jeff Van Gundy blasts Magic's handling of Howard

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08:10 AM ET 03.28 | The Van Gundy brothers are close, but Jeff insisted recently that he doesn't talk to Stan about the inner workings of the franchises, though he has his opinions on Dwight Howard. Jeff Van Gundy made it clear that he believes Dwight has been given a heavy hammer by management. "To me, only the most gullible fans would believe that this was about loyalty," Jeff said of Dwight's decision. "I think it was about power and control. ... What the Magic senior executives are doing right now is unbecoming. The groveling and begging is hard to read and watch. His (Dwight's) opinion should matter, but the strong organizations stand for something rather than fall for anything."

Orlando Sentinel

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March 28, 2012  08:19 AM ET

the strong organizations stand for something rather than fall for anything




John Mellencamp wrote a song about this once...

March 28, 2012  08:41 AM ET

Once again, JVG is right. The Orlando organization has looked so weak & pathetic in this whole ordeal. Embarrassing themselves to the max and if for one 2nd they think Howard's move was a act of loyalty, they have another thing coming at next year's trade deadline.

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March 28, 2012  08:55 AM ET

Jeff's wrong.. it should never be about the player, it always should be about the team. The player can always be replaced. Dwight is a player, not a GM. Dwight has the right to complain about help but thats it.

March 28, 2012  08:58 AM ET
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I agree as well.... I just think he's an idiot...

Listening to JVG on broadcasts makes my brain hurt seriously.

The guy is a moron that thinks the crab dribble is actually a legitimate move.

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March 28, 2012  09:08 AM ET
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I agree as well.... I just think he's an idiot...

JVG? Well i guess his job description demands he be a little goofy and entertaining but i find myself agreeing with most of his points.

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March 28, 2012  09:26 AM ET

If you surround Howard with proper personnel, regardless of the fact he acts as a diva, his team would certainly compete for a championship. His simply the best center in the game even with his weaknesses. The problem is that the Magic upper management have conducted themselves foolishly contracts and personnel wise.

Kobe and Duncan a few years back would have certainly demanded so regards or imput on personnel decisions, but not at this stage & contrary to popular belief, Howard at this point in his career, certainly does require input from if you desire to keep him..........that is diva or not.

March 28, 2012  09:27 AM ET

*"He's simply the best*

March 28, 2012  09:32 AM ET
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Jeff Van Gundy... What an idiot............

+1

March 28, 2012  09:35 AM ET
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I partially disagree-it's all about the 'right' player.a guy like duncan who keeps his mouth shut, and leads by example is what every franchise wants - a guy like that you WANT his imput cause you know his motivation is about winningAlso - elite players aren't as easily replaced as you thinkit took boston 15 years to replace bird & thema decade to replace MJLA hasn't had a legit pg since magic left

+1...You beat me to it

March 28, 2012  09:49 AM ET

When you play a game the object is to WIN not lose, so in that aspect, by any means necessary so if Dwight put a little heat on the Magic so what at least he gave them a chance. They were given teams where he would play so the franchise wouldnt end up like the CAVS in the Lebron debacle. They will never get as much back that would equal his caliber bc he is the best center in the game but most all trades are lopsided. The Magic Organization takes on stupid contracts i.e. Arenas and Turk, they will make it to the playoffs but there exit is going to be swift.

March 28, 2012  10:02 AM ET

Well i guess that means stan is dunzo

March 28, 2012  10:03 AM ET
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When you play a game the object is to WIN not lose, so in that aspect, by any means necessary so if Dwight put a little heat on the Magic so what at least he gave them a chance. They were given teams where he would play so the franchise wouldnt end up like the CAVS in the Lebron debacle. They will never get as much back that would equal his caliber bc he is the best center in the game but most all trades are lopsided. The Magic Organization takes on stupid contracts i.e. Arenas and Turk, they will make it to the playoffs but there exit is going to be swift.

i howard could hit FTs the Magic would be in title contention, its his fault they arent

 
March 28, 2012  10:10 AM ET
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i howard could hit FTs the Magic would be in title contention, its his fault they arent

So you honestly believe that the way this team is built and their only fault as to not going all the way is Howard's Free throw percentage? Well what do you call Shaq on the Lakers and Heat Championship wins? i.e. Hack a Shaq...

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