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07-07-2010, 07:25 PM
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Stan Van Gundy will not watch LeBron Jamesí ESPN announcement special
Orlando Magic ó posted by tania ganguli on July, 7 2010 1:52 PM
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Stan Van Gundy thinks the free agency fanfare has gotten out of control. He will not be watching LeBron James' one hour special. (Photo by Gary W. Green)

Stan Van Gundy thinks the free agency fanfare has gotten out of control. He will not be watching LeBron James' one hour special. (Photo by Gary W. Green)

[Update: Listen to Van Gundy talk here.]

It shouldnít come as a surprise that Stan Van Gundy will not watch tomorrow nightís LeBron James announcement special. James will declare his intentions for next season in a one-hour special on ESPN that will air at 9 p.m.

As Van Gundy put it a few minutes ago , ďIt takes 15 seconds to say, ĎIíve decided to stay in Cleveland,í but weíve got another 59 minutes and 45 seconds to, what? Promote LeBron James? As if we donít do that enough.Ē

Choosing one quote over another from the 7 minutes we spoke to Van Gundy about this before AirTran Airways Pro Summer League tipped off is completely impossible, so Iíve posted a nearly full transcript of Van Gundyís thoughts on free agency.

Some highlights:

1. He thinks the whole spectacle is ridiculous and said the big three did a nice job putting on a charade.

2. He likened Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade together to Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol and also said he wasnít surprised Bosh went to Miami because heíd been following Wade around ďfor two weeks like a lapdog.Ē

3. He seemed to have great admiration for the way Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant handled their recent contract extensions. ďYou donít hear Kobe Bryant and certainly not Kevin Durant talking about their brand Ö theyíre simply basketball players who want to be great players and win games.Ē

4. He hopes Pat Riley doesnít return to coach the Heat (thus unseating Erik Spoelstra).

Here we go with the transcript. In a normal Q&A weíd have Qs and As, but a lot of our conversation was myself and the two other reporters with me just informing/reminding Van Gundy of things that happened and letting him react. So weíve got Rís and SVGís. Reporters and Stan Van Gundyís.

R. Your thoughts on all this free agency stuff?

SVG: Itís gotten ridiculous I think. Itís really I mean itís almost like a parody of itself this whole situation now. Come on, an hour long? It takes 15 seconds to say Iíve decided to stay in Cleveland but weíve got another 59 minutes and 45 seconds to, what? Promote LeBron James? As if we donít do that enough. Look, the guyís a great player and wherever he goes, my bet would be Cleveland, that place will be excited. But an hour long special?

R. Sign of the times, I guess.

SVG: It is a sign of the times. Unfortunately. Itís amazing that a guy as good as Kobe Bryant simply extended his contract with no real fanfare or anything else.

R. Kevin Durant did, too.

SVG: Yeah and Kevin Durant is more in the Kobe Bryant mode. You donít hear Kobe Bryant and certainly not Kevin Durant talking about their brand. They donít. I hear that from the other guys. I donít hear those guys talking about their brand, theyíre simply basketball players who want to be great players and win games. Not that those other guys arenít great players and donít want to win games. They do, but thereís also more to it. Itís not what I like. Other people, I guess, like it. Iím sure it will be a widely watched show tomorrow. It simply will not have me as a member of that audience.

R. Bosh and Wade had their announcement on ESPN. Said heís joining Wade.

SVG: Well, heís been following him around for two weeks like his lapdog. So that doesnít really surprise me.

R. What does that do to the balance of power in the East?

SVG: Certainly theyíre, they were good anyway. Theyíre a team that was, the last two years was a number 5 seed and now they just added one of the best forwards in basketball. As far as a straight one-two punch that compares pretty favorably to Kobe and Pau Gasol. Itís right there. I think theyíre instant contenders. I donít think thereís any doubt. Theyíre instant contenders to win an NBA championship. It makes them very, very good. Itís not like theyíre done. Theyíve got a lot of money to put pieces around them. Ö I donít care, right now, I can tell you theyíll get good enough pieces that theyíre instant contenders.

R: Do you think Pat [Riley] will come back to coach?

SVG: I hope not. But I donít have any knowledge.

R: As a coach, do you automatically start thinking about how this affects your team?

SVG: I think right off the bat you know thereís another significant contender in the East so that thereís no question it makes things tougher and youíre gonna have to be better. I donít think thereís any doubt about that. Youíre always sort of in the mode of, ĎWhat do we need to do to get better?í It doesnít really change, just adds another very significant competitor.

ÖI think a lot of people now will look at them as the team to beat in the East. Youíre talking two of the top seven or eight offensive players in the NBA on the same team. I donít think thereís any susprise. I think itís what pretty much all of us thought would happen all along. I think these guys did a masterful job of creating suspense and carrying out a great charade. I donít think there was any doubt. Stoudemire, Iím not sure anybody knew. But LeBron back to Cleveland, Wade and Bosh in Miami, is pretty much what everybody thought.

R: Joe Johnson back to Atlanta.

SVG: Joe Johnson back in Atlanta. Thereís no big surprise.

R: Talking about LeBron, are you thinking he wouldnít be on TV if he was going to leave?

SVG: That doesnít have anything to do with it. Iíve always thought heís going back to Cleveland. I just think this free agent thing has been a masterful publicity opportunity for all of them. Theyíve done a great job of creating more interest in this brand. If Wade just comes right out and says Iím going back to Miami, he canít get a film crew to follow him around to do that. Bosh had to make it look like he considered all these teams. And had to make it look like they were really considering those other teams so there would be some suspense and some interest. I think they did a great job of doing hat but in the end I donít think they surprised anybody.

R: Think he could go to Miami?

SVG: If he went anywhere but Cleveland Iíd be shocked, but Iíd be doubly shocked if he went to Miami. [Wade and James] both want to be the man. I think Chris Bosh was a different story. I think he had tried to be the man. It didnít work. I think heís willing to be a very, very good second fiddle. I think heís seen what happened to Pau Gasol. Teams that are good but couldnít win the playoffs to being the second guy in L.A. and itís worked well for him. Iím sure Chris Bosh envisions something pretty much the same. All those guys would love to be the man but itís not that easy as a lot of them have found. I think itís great for the Heat and good for him.

rexnom
07-07-2010, 07:37 PM
I love Stan Van Gundy. I wish he was my father.

Kstat
07-07-2010, 07:38 PM
I agree with the above post except referring to Bosh as Wade's lapdog was out of line.

QuickRelease
07-07-2010, 07:51 PM
I love Stan Van Gundy. I wish he was my father.:lmao:

Hoop
07-07-2010, 07:59 PM
I've never been a SVG fan, until now, preach it brother Gundy.