The hat tip says Stan Van Gundy looks like a doppleganger of Ron Jeremy, which in turn makes him remind you of Mario Mario, but I think he’s got more of a Paul Bearer vibe to him. Maybe it’s the funeral blazers. Anyway, the Orlando Magic coach has always been the type to provide a solid blockquote, as he does here, revealing his thoughts on the Miami Heat and that whole “us against the world” vibe.
“I’m not going to feel bad that you are struggling on a basketball court because you only get to within two wins of a championship. Come on there was nothing to feel sorry for. I got a little tired I’ll admit of the whole everybody hates us routine. I thought first of all it’s not true. Okay it’s the same as the Yankees type of thing. There’s just a lot of people interested, so there may be more people who dislike you. There are also more people that like you. There’s a great deal of interest. Second of all they brought it on…LeBron more than anybody. They brought all that scrutiny and attention on yourself. You went out seeking it then don’t cry in the face of it. That to me got to be a very tiresome story line.”
I also would’ve accepted “Miami Heat, entitled, got beaten by the Mavericks, boom, roasted.” Van Gundy also added a professional’s perspective to that whole “LeBron turns into Sad Keanu in the fourth” meme.
Even this year we saw LeBron James have great 4th quarters in the Boston series and the Chicago series. I certainly experienced it first hand when we played them back in the Eastern Conference Finals. He was tremendous against us.
If we keep having interviews like this, do you think somebody will finally say “the Dallas Mavericks won the Championship and it didn’t really matter how good LeBron was”?
[headband tip to Off the Bench]