Posted August 14, 2012

Jeff Van Gundy: Magic “got shafted” in Dwight Howard deal

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Jeff Van Gundy doesn’t like the deal Orlando made in getting rid of Dwight Howard (David Dow, Getty Images)

As the dust settles on the Dwight Howard-to-LA deal, it seems everyone in and around the NBA has an opinion on the trade and the many months of drama that preceded it.

ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy’s opinion is more blunt than most, as expressed in Gordon Monson’s column in today’s Salt Lake Tribune.

“Depending on your vantage point, [Orlando] got totally shafted or semi-shafted,” Van Gundy said. “I feel for Magic fans. They’ve had three stars in their time. Shaquille O’Neal left for free agency [to L.A.]. [Tracy] McGrady forced his way out to Houston. Now, Howard forces his way out to the Lakers.

“If I was an Orlando Magic fan, I’d be asking: Is this worth it? Do I want to be paying the huge, enormous, extravagant ticket prices to see a below-average product for … what, five years?”

Not to be forgotten: Jeff Van Gundy’s brother Stan coached the Magic for each of those five “below-average” years, each of which ended with an appearance in the playoffs and included a trip to the NBA Finals.


18 comments
stuartmd
stuartmd

He's right. You have to feel for Orlando fans. Their team got taken to the cleaners. The trade was almost pathetic. They couldn't even get Gasol. And they passed up better deals just a month before this stupid deal. It's almost like they are a minor league team for the Lakers. And now the team is a joke. I am not a Magic fan, but it makes you wonder about how to improve those NBA rules that are "supposed" to protect small town teams from getting raped.

chardk1
chardk1

Completely missed the point at the end there, as others have pointed out.  Hope that wasn't deliberate.

Leila
Leila

There is a mistake at the end of the article: Van Gundy meant the next five years will be below average, not the previous 5.

 

(Wow, that was hard not to say in a ruder way -- with this being the internet and all...)

JasonBras
JasonBras

totally!  i think that's the question most "small market" teams need to think about.  teams like Charlotte, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Cleveland, San Francisco, Sacramento.  one important fact missing from Van Gundy's is taxpayers subsidies.  many of these teams are not only supported by the basketball fans but the ENTIRE citizenry of the area as over 90% of construction and project cost are funded by taxpayers.  one more reason why cities like Seattle should think thrice (three times) before trying to get another NBA team.

davidwakeman
davidwakeman

Actually the editor of this piece is a moron, because JVG obviously said that an Orlando fan has to be wondering if its worth paying outrageous prices for the next 5 years until they, maybe, have a chance again. 

chadroemer
chadroemer

They DID get shafted and Im pissed cause Denver and LA got better!

Braktooth
Braktooth

I feel like I'm piling on, but how could you interpret Van Gundy's comment the way the writer did? What was s/he thinking?

RobertM
RobertM

Very obviously referring to the next 5 years in rebuilding mode. The writer is a hater...

Han
Han

Seriously, the last five years?  Good thing your name isn't included in the byline.  What an embarrassment.  Might want to try running your snippet of an article past someone (who has the intellectual ability of at least a 10 year old) before you send it in next time.

ChristopherMinshall
ChristopherMinshall

Definitely he's not talking about the last five... present and future.  Somebody's got very poor interpretative skills and has a job as a writer at SI......

KenKing
KenKing

JVG was certainly referring to the next 5 years.  They were looking to emulate the Thunder's construction through the draft, but did not even get that right.

 

I am not sure how the author came to their interpretation of the 5 years. Typical sensationalism in media, I presume. Move on people, there is nothing to see here.

bithomas2
bithomas2

I think Jeff meant that the *next* five years will be "below-average," not the previous five years.

scott42444
scott42444

 @Leila Agreed.  That is exactly what I was thinking, which is ridiculous that 2 anonymous internet forum posters were able to read between the lines better than the author of this "article".  Just another example of someone trying to stir up controversy where none exists.  The Magic did get shafted and made quite a mistake with this trade, in mine and almost everybody's opinion.

el80ne
el80ne

 @JasonBras Not sure about other cities but the current Seattle arena deal is quite favorable and will be funded primarily from taxes collected from the use of the arena itself. The entire citizenry in the area would never go for it otherwise, especially after how Stern and Coffee boy attempted to extort a deal where the taxpayers covered 90% four years ago. Only no name podunk towns that have never had a sports team are willing to pay such ransoms. 

bear777784
bear777784

 @JasonBras  Sorry but Cleveland isn't a "small market" team.  The combined MSA's for northeastern Ohio actually have a higher overall population than around Miami.  Cleveland's problem, for all three major sports teams, has been the lack of dynamic, involved ownership willing to spend the money.