The Orlando Magic fired head coach Stan Van Gundy earlier this week in a move that was looked at as a way to appease All-Star Dwight Howard. While it's still up in the air if that'll work -- and even if that was their actual intention -- Van Gundy's brother Jeff made his feelings clear in an interview with fellow ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith in a radio interview on Thursday.
The Van Gundy that has been out of coaching longer was given an opening by Smith to talk about his feelings regarding his brother's firing, and unsurprisingly, Van Gundy took it and ran with it. The majority of his disgust was with Magic CEO Alex Martins, the current figurehead of the company.
"For him to have been in the office all day and the president -- Alex Martins -- knows that he's there, but then lets him and calls him on the phone to fire him? It's unprofessional. Just unprofessional," Van Gundy said during the radio interview.
"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.'"
Jeff wasn't done with Martins after that, though, as he then launched into what has to be one of his better (public) tirades on a man who runs an NBA franchise.
"He said that my brother's the finest X's and O's coach that he's been around in his 25 years in the business. Listen, all you have done in your 25 years in the business is release press releases and run the business side," Jeff Van Gundy said. "You don't know if a ball is blown up or stuffed! You don't know if their pick and roll coverage on the side or high was right or wrong! Just say I have no knowledge about basketball."
"It's offensive when someone who has no knowledge about basketball -- even in the positive comments -- tries to sort of negate what Brian Hill did as a coach or what Matt Guokas did as a coach," JVG went on to say. "(Martins) doesn't know one thing about basketball, so please, hold off your comments on my brother's expertise since you know nothing about basketball."
The younger Van Gundy didn't only comment on the Magic CEO's basketball acumen, though, as Jeff also was unhappy with the way Martins handled announcing the firing of his brother.
"At the press conference they held, to be going on and on about how difficult of a day it is for you personally, Alex Martins, to fire people -- and he does this every time they fire somebody at the Magic -- is with callous disregard for how it impacts the people that he's just fired."
"My brother's fine financially, but (Martins) has uprooted so many other lives and he wants empathy because he has it hard?" Van Gundy said. "Callous disregard for what normal Americans are going through. He's fired many people there, and he always comes up with the same thing without regard for their feelings."
Jeff Van Gundy obviously isn't the most unbiased person when it comes to the firing of Stan Van Gundy. That said, however, it's quite surprising that he'd take as many shots at Martins as he did, considering he'll likely be scheduled to cover the team in the future.