Stan Van Gundy Fired: Stan Van Gundy & Dwight
April 7, 2012 by staff
Stan Van Gundy Fired: Stan Van Gundy & Dwight, As Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith offered cogent commentary on all things Stan Van Gundy, Orlando Magic and Dwight Howard on Thursday night on TNT’s studio set, Shaquille O’Neal opted to separate himself from the conversation. Asked about his own big-man-vs.-big-Stan dealings with the Miami Heat during the time the two spent together in South Florida, O’Neal instead said, “I’m not going to divulge certain information.”
For a moment, let’s move past the fact that O’Neal was brought in to add personal insight and get to the more ludicrous aspect:
O’Neal is the author of a recent book, Shaq Uncut, that, chronicles his very relationship with the former Heat coach. Not “divulge”? He already has divulged plenty.
In his book, O’Neal practically forecast the Van Gundy-Howard clash of personalities when he wrote of Van Gundy, “He didn’t like all the silly stuff I did, like doing jumping jacks n*ked to get the guys to smile and relax. He didn’t understand it was good for the team to be loose.”
He also wrote of how December 2005 in the Heat locker room mirrors where the Magic seemingly stand today, “We all knew Stan was a dead man walking. I kind of felt sorry for the guy. He didn’t deserve to get fired.”
And then there was the kicker, “Stan got fired becausePat [Riley] wanted to take over. Not because I wanted him out. I had no control over it — not a smidgen of control.”
A big man denying he had pushed behind the scenes for his coach’s dismissal. Sound familiar?
And that’s the difference. If Charles Barkley is asked about a current player throwing someone through a window in a bar, he’ll address the topic as, well, an expertanlyst.
Shaq? He is and was more like Dwight Howard than you think — all smiles publicly, seemingly something more disturbing privately.
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