Posts Tagged ‘Stan Van Gundy’

Detroit Pistons debut new hype video

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Detroit Pistons are a few years into their rebuilding campaign under Stan Van Gundy, and in this new hype video the Pistons released today, they point out the connections between the hard-nosed style of play Van Gundy is espousing, and the way the city of Detroit is rebounding from their economic troubles. Pretty cool stuff…


VIDEO: Pistons Hype

Stan Van Gundy leaves Dave Joerger hanging

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The big story where the Memphis Grizzlies are concerned is their recent skid — they’ve lost four of their last seven games. And last night in Detroit, after losing to the Pistons, Zach Randolph was not thrilled with the way things are going.

But maybe Memphis coach Dave Joerger is the one who shouldn’t be thrilled. Because after the game, he shared a customary post-game handshake with Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy. But then, as Joerger tried to continue the conversation, Stan Van kept it moving, leaving Joerger standing there a bit…confused?


VIDEO: Stan Van Gundy blows off Dave Joerger

Opening Night: Create-A-Caption

by Zettler Clay

Stan Van Gundy, how I missed thee. Let me count the ways.

Whether he was gawking at his star player’s 4-12 field goal shooting, 11-point performance or the fact that the opposing starting small forward had all of his way on the court, there was plenty to be incredulous about. Paul Bearer would be proud.

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Stan Van Gundy has surprising handle

by Micah Hart

I’ll be honest, I did not see this coming:



I don’t know why I wouldn’t expect a head coach in the NBA to be able to play this game a little, but I’ve just always presumed Stan Van Gundy, like his brother Jeff, was more into the mental execution of the sport rather than actually, you know, playing it.

Judging by the reaction of the crowd at Van Gundy’s basketball camp, I’m not alone in that thought.

This is only a snippet, but consider my mind changed. SVG, I will pick you last in a pick-up game no longer.

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Jameer Nelson, how do you rate on the Horry Scale?

by Micah Hart

Cleaning up the rest of my to-do list on a Sunday, I was on vacation last week for this Horry Scale entry from the Magic’s Jameer Nelson.

Once again, the Horry scale examines a shot  in the categories of difficulty, game situation (was the team tied or behind at the time), importance (playoff game or garden-variety Clippers-Nets game), and celebration, and give it an overall grade on a scale of 1-5 Robert Horrys.

Difficulty

The shot is from deep, but otherwise, not all that difficult of a shot. Ty Lawson is defending him close, but at the same time is primarily guarding against the drive, so when Nelson rises up, he’s got more than enough room to get a clean shot. In fact, if anything Nelson should be penalized for taking such a low-percentage shot when he had time to create something much much better.

Game Situation

Tie ballgame, and Nelson gets the ball unobstructed in the frontcourt with 5.9 ticks on the clock, so he has plenty of time to make his move.

Importance

Denver has been playing well of late so it’s nice to beat a good team, but the Magic are pretty much set as the 4-seed in the East. All in all, not a win that will move the needle in 2010-11.

Celebration

Of course, don’t tell Nelson’s teammates it wasn’t a big deal. Ample celebration from the Magic, including the team dance circle at midcourt usually reserved for much bigger occasions.

Grade

1 Horry. I don’t mean to be stingy, but all in all there’s not a lot to recommend in this one (other than the celebration). It was a pretty terrible shot by Nelson, and if it hadn’t gone in I imagine he’d have heard a few words from Crankypants McMustache, aka Stan Van Gundy. Still, the shot dropped, and the Magic won, so I’m sure they’ll happily settle for the one.

What do you think?

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Last night in a … quote

by Micah Hart

“This isn’t a knock on anybody, but Hakeem has gotten more credit for two hours than anybody I’ve ever seen. I mean, they were in a gym for two hours, three hours, and all of a sudden every shot Dwight makes is because of Hakeem … There is not anybody alive who’s turning somebody’s game around in three hours. Dwight’s done a lot of work and I’m sure Hakeem gave him some advice, but that’s just starting to annoy me.”

Stan Van Gundy, putting on his fussy britches after Dwight Howard had 28 points on 9-16 from the field in Orlando’s win over Milwaukee on Wednesday, their seventh straight victory.

Van Gundy is of course referring to the video from last summer of Howard working in the gym with The Dream, practicing some of the moves that made Hakeem Olajuwon one of the best post players in NBA history and a Hall of Famer.

SVG is the most entertaining complainer in the NBA right now. I think he’d give Adam Carolla* a run for his money.

*I’d link to something there, but Carolla’s language is a little too salty for a family site like this. Google it — you’ll see what I’m talking about.

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