After the Orlando Magic's disastrous showing over the first three games of their series with Boston, there were whispers that Stan Van Gundy's job might—might—be in jeopardy. Of course, to think that anything definite had been decided would be ludicrous, except... Well, take it away, Michael Wilbon (via AOL Fanhouse):
"... I think that Stan probably will be fired ... I've already heard the rumblings that he will be fired if they don't win this series."
So how would Van Gundy, infamous for his guile with reporters, respond to the report?
...By keeping it so, so real. Again via Fanhouse and Tim Potvak:
"No. 1, I'm not worried about my job security, and I'm even less worried about what Michael Wilbon would think about anything. He's just ... a talking head. I have refused to be on PTI (Wilbon's television show) for years, for five years. I follow that stuff. If you go on guys' shows, they don't criticize you. If you won't go on their show, they do. That stuff is never known. There's a lack of integrity in that business.''
"This is not something I worry about. I can support my family right now. Our lifestyle won't change (if I lost my job). A lot of people aren't in that situation. There are people out there, wondering, every day, and I feel for those people, especially the way the economy is now, worrying about job security. I don't have to worry about money. I'm lucky. My worry is about Game 5 and getting to Game 6.''
Damn, Stan. Putting PTI's business all out in the open like that? Sort of unfair. Almost like blindly speculating about another man's job security, citing "rumblings" as a source...
Yeah, in this case, Stan's ammunition was completely warranted. And what's more, his perspective on the possibility of getting fired is reassuring. He understands full well that at some point, he'll have to go, and If that happens, he'll be okay. All coaches should know this, and frankly, nobody that makes millions of dollars to do anything should ever feel like a martyr. And of course Stan realizes these things. He's no dummy. Which is why, whatever happens against the Celtics, he's got a better chance getting invited onto PTI next week than catching a pink slip from the Magic.
Unlike talking heads, people like Stan Van Gundy are not easily replaced.