Stan Van Gundy, how could you?
How could you not pencil in a single [Orlando] Magic starter Thursday night?
Now I realize it was a preseason game and players need nights off.
But all of them?
No Dwight [Howard], Vince [Carter], Jameer [Nelson], Rashard [Lewis] or [Quentin Richardson] in the lineup.
The Magic trotted out Marcin Gortat, J.J. Redick, Chris Duhon, Ryan Anderson and Mickael Pietrus. [...]
Again, what was shocking is that this was so un-Van Gundy. He wants to win every game, preseason to postseason. I mean, the Magic had a 17-game preseason winning streak at stake.
“It’s a legitimate gripe,” Van Gundy told me when I asked what he would say to fans who purchased seats. “I understand if people were upset.”
Immediately after the game, Van Gundy said he wanted to see his back-ups perform as a group, which is why he started them all. [...]
Fifteen minutes after I left Van Gundy, he called my cell.
“It’s been bugging me,” he said. “I want to say I’m sorry and I was wrong. I thought I reasoned it through, but I can’t justify it. If it was the first game that somebody came out to see, you bring your kids … I’d be upset, too.
“I won’t do it again.”
If there’s one thing you need to know about head coach Stan Van Gundy, is that he’s not afraid to own up to his mistakes when he’s wrong.
That’s an admirable trait for anyone, let alone a coach in the NBA.