Stan Van Gundy: Phil Jackson's comments 'inappropriate,' 'ignorant'
Stan Van Gundy, whose Orlando Magic play the Miami Heat tonight, was none too thrilled at being looped into the conversation about a possible Miami Heat coaching change by, of all people, Los Angeles Lakers Coach Phil Jackson.
"Phil has no idea what the Van Gundy situation was because, even though he coaches in our league, he certainly had no insight or knowledge of that," Van Gundy said Wednesday. "So an analogy he'd make to my situation would be totally useless because he doesn't have any clue what the situation was in that case."
The Van Gundy situation was this: When the Heat started 11-10 in 2005, Van Gundy resigned in December. He cited the usual personal reasons that coaches cite but the popular theory is that he was forced out by Pat Riley. Riley became coach Dec. 12 and the Heat went on to win the NBA championship.
"To second-guess another coach and comment on a situation he knows nothing about -- it's inappropriate. And it's also ignorant," Van Gundy said. "I don't mean that commenting on Phil's intelligence. He's obviously a very smart guy. I mean it as ignorant [in that] he doesn't know what that situation was and he doesn't know what the situation is now.
"I don't think, unless their relationship has changed drastically, that [Jackson] and Pat talk on a regular basis. So I doubt he would have any information whatsoever on what's going on in Miami."
Dwyane Wade admitted that Jackson has the resume to speak critically, but admitted he was kind of surprised.
"The only thing surprising about it is a coach saying it about another coach," Wade said. "I respect someone else to say it but not another coach. It is unfortunate but I guess Coach Jackson had earned the right to say what he wants so he continues to exercise that right."
| November 24, 2010; 2:10 PM ET
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