Hot off of David Stern’s remarks about the Orlando Magic’s poor play and his expectations of silence, Stan Van Gundy is being dragged a little further through the proverbial mud today, as a new Sports Illustrated poll of 138 NBA players declares him far and away the most annoying coach in the NBA. Nearly 90 of the players admitted that when they are playing the Magic, StanVan drives them crazier than any other coach in the league. Phil Jackson and Scott Skiles tied for second with 7%.
When asked for comment, David Stern declined and continued thanking the 90 players that stopped by his office to collect money that he owed them for “something totally different”.
Additional fun notes from SI’s survey include:
Two coaches who left their teams midseason received votes: Larry Brown of the Bobcats (2%) and Jerry Sloan of the Jazz (1%)…. Sloan, Brown and Jackson all are among the top six alltime in NBA coaching wins…. Two non–head coaches, Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank and Bobcats majority owner Michael Jordan, received one vote apiece…. The Pistons’ John Kuester is tied for the lead among NBA coaches with eight technicals but received no votes; Van Gundy’s seven techs tie him for third.
Now I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this before, but I’m a bit of a Magic fan, and I just want to take this opportunity to slam my fists against the table and yell to the world in a fiery rage… I agree. Seriously, Stan annoys the hell out of me. On and off the court. I wish SI surveyed the entire league so the number could be higher.