Van Gundy Proving His Worth to Magic?
That’s why the Magic, if put in the situation, will pick (Dwight) Howard over (Stan) Van Gundy, the most successful coach in franchise history. Howard’s obviously a once-in-a-generation talent it takes pingpong balls to acquire, and he plays a bigger role in the outcome of a playoff series than any coach.
But Van Gundy is proving his worth to the Magic — and to the rest of the league — by holding together a once-broken locker room and squeezing every ounce of talent from a roster whose leading scorer was the fifth-best player on the Boston Celtics last season.
It would’ve been easy for the Magic to lay down Saturday when David West sunk a jumper to put the Pacers up 80-63 with a little more than eight minutes left in the game.
The building was dead. Orlando’s players slumped back down the court in frustration.
Van Gundy didn’t let up.