- Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “For the first time since Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said NBA commissioner David Stern doesn’t allow free speech and compared him to oppressive world leaders, the commissioner addressed those comments on Thursday on The Herd with Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio. Stern said the comments made him sad and he intends to speak with the team’s management about getting Van Gundy’s comments under control. ‘I’m going to engage in a private discussions at this point with his franchise,’ Stern said. ‘I actually am not going to talk to Stan Van Gundy. I’m going to talk to the ownership of the team.’ Stern also implied he doesn’t intend to fine Van Gundy. ‘Because he tried to make it so personal, I’m not going to do anything about it this time,’ Stern said.”
- What’s it like being Stuff the Orlando Magic mascot?
- Gilbert Arenas is showing flashes of his old self.
- Josh Cohen of OrlandoMagic.com takes a look at playoff tiebreaking scenarios.
- Commissioner David Stern strikes back at head coach Stan Van Gundy. Eric Freeman of Ball Don’t Lie is impressed that Van Gundy got Stern’s undivided attention: “That’s an exaggeration of the state of the Magic, of course, but that’s just how Stern operates. As Bethlehem Shoals explained in a recent piece for Tablet, Stern isn’t fully engaged if he’s not slyly ragging on people. I suppose that means Van Gundy should be honored to have the attention of the league’s top dog, even if it’s under less-than-ideal circumstances.”
- Dwyane Wade doesn’t mince words at Van Gundy either.
- Rob Mahoney of ProBasketballTalk: “If he were playing for any number of other NBA coaches, [Ryan] Anderson would likely go about his hot-shooting business undisturbed. Defense would likely be emphasized in practice and in games, but Stan Van Gundy is among the few who will repeatedly make the decision to bench productive players on the basis of defense alone. As good as Anderson is, this is the right play for the Magic and Van Gundy’s system; if Anderson can’t or won’t defend, then SVG should endeavor to find a player who will.[...] Anderson — and the same is true of Brandon Bass — needs to improve defensively if he’s to fully replace Lewis on his own rather than filling in for 20-minute bursts. More playing time may have been gifted him in other systems, but SVG knows no charity in his rotation, and every minute will need to be earned with defensive execution.”
- Players for the Magic chime in, including Sacramento native Ryan Anderson and former Kings’ player Hedo Turkoglu, on the Sacramento Kings’ current arena dilemma.
- Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie takes a look at Orlando’s win against Sacramento: “Sacramento played hard, and they gave us a fun game to wind down a crazy Wednesday night. And Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy deserves dap for letting Dwight Howard play through four fouls for most of the second half (reminded me, and he’ll hate this, of Phil Jackson). But this game came down to Sacramento’s inability to stop Orlando’s screen and roll.”