We all know that Magic coach Stan Van Gundy is not afraid to speak his mind about, well, anything. So I have to credit the Orlando Sentinel's Tania Ganguli for doing what every reporter should have been trying to do all summer: get Stan Van Gundy to comment on the NBA free agent madness.
Luckily for us, Van Gundy didn't disappoint. Highlights below the jump.
First of all, Van Gundy, like all of us, wonders why LeBron James needs an entire one-hour television time slot to make up his mind.
Come on, an hour long? It takes 15 seconds to say I've decided to stay in Cleveland but we've got another 59 minutes and 45 seconds to, what? Promote LeBron James? As if we don't do that enough. Look, the guy's a great player and wherever he goes, my bet would be Cleveland, that place will be excited. But an hour long special?
So, Stan, you're not interested in Stuart Scott and Michael Wilbon prattling on about nothing? Come on! That makes the hour.
Next, Van Gundy astutely points out how Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant look better because of all of this.
You don't hear Kobe Bryant and certainly not Kevin Durant talking about their brand. They don't. I hear that from the other guys. I don't hear those guys talking about their brand, they're simply basketball players who want to be great players and win games. Not that those other guys aren't great players and don't want to win games. They do, but there's also more to it. It's not what I like. Other people, I guess, like it. I'm sure it will be a widely watched show tomorrow. It simply will not have me as an audience.
Good for Stan for boycotting the event tomorrow. I wish I could do that, but I can't help myself.
And finally, here's my favorite line of the whole exchange.
R. Chris Bosh made his announcement on ESPN. Said he's joining Wade.
SVG: Well, he's been following him around for two weeks like his lapdog. So that doesn't really surprise me.
Chris "Lapdog" Bosh. I kind of like it.
As always, the NBA is a better place when more people keep it real like Stan Van Gundy. Here's hoping he sticks around in the NBA for a long, long time.