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Stan Van Gundy


Probably no secret to those of you who read my posts, but my dream scenario involves us swapping Ty for Stan in the offseason. I think many of you didn't follow the Dwight era in Orlando to fully appreciate how awesome of a coach he is. He designed a system to complement his players (Dwight is clearly struggling in LA) and even when Dwight got injured he was able to adapt and kept his team a scrappy and tough unit. He also gives real answers to questions and is obviously very thoughtful/bright. It is so refreshing to get something other than standard BS responses (Ty has like 4 catch phrases he uses over and over which often contradict what he does in reality).

Stan also attended the sports analytics conference (he knows what +/- is!) and had this to say:

Dwight had, as I knew, been saying things in the locker room … After the lockout, and I said right away, 'You need to fire me. Just get it done. We can't have this hanging over.' I wasn't interested in trying to keep my job. I think as a coach, what you want is to succeed.

So when the rumors came up, I went back to them again and said, ''Look, this is a problem in our locker room. It is not helping our team. Do one of two things: Make a statement. Not one of those, we have confidence in our coach bulls--- statements that means you're getting fired in the next week. But make a statement -- either fire me right now, get it done, or extend my contract.

They wouldn't do anything. Our management wouldn't do anything. So my only thought was, 'What's the best thing I can do to get our players' minds off of this to get everything out in the open and let us play?

Now, the hard part is we did that, and Dwight only played two more games before he had back surgery. So we don't know if it would've worked, but that was my thinking -- that this just needed to be cleared up out in the open and let all the players know I know what's going on and we're going to get past all this.

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