Jeff Van Gundy rips Magic top executive
ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy strongly criticized Orlando Magic executive Alex Martins on Friday, after he fired coach Stan Van Gundy earlier in the week.
Jeff Van Gundy told ESPN Radio that Martins, the Magic’s CEO, lacks basketball knowledge and lied about why he let his brother go.
“Listen, all you have done in your 25 years in the business is release press releases and run the business side,” Van Gundy said. “You don’t know if a ball is blown up or stuffed.
Stan Van Gundy reportedly had a tumultuous relationship with star center Dwight Howard. It is believed that Howard asked that Van Gundy be fired.
Howard denied that he had anything to do with the firing and Martins backed that up.
“To try to make everyone believe that Dwight Howard didn’t have a part in this is absurd,” Jeff Van Gundy said. “Just say, ‘we fired this guy because we feel this is our best chance to keep Dwight Howard. Dwight Howard and I decided to fire him.’ To do anything else is playing a game of semantics.”
Jeff Van Gundy also accused Martins of waiting until his older brother left the Magic offices before calling him on the phone to avoid firing him in person.
Stan Van Gundy went 259-135 and guided the Magic to the playoffs in each of the five seasons he coached the team.