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Van Gundy calls out Stern while defending Howard

Posted on: March 7, 2011 4:36 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Dwight Howard will serve a one-game suspension for picking up his 16th technical foul of the season over the weekend against the Bulls. Via the Orlando Sentinel, the never bashful Stan Van Gundy came to Howard's defense Monday, citing that Howard had actually shown "great restraint" in terms of lashing out after the punishment he had received.

Van Gundy cited a stat he credited to the Elias Sports Bureau that Howard had been hit above the shoulder 593 times this season without one being called a flagrant.

"You could say 'he's losing control.' I would say just to the opposite," Van Gundy said. "I would say his control is amazing. Basically, what we're saying [is] for those of us that work out, go run on the treadmill for 43 or 44 minutes that he plays, and I get to come by three times in that 43 minutes and smack you as hard as I want upside the head and I want you to retaliate less than once out of every 15 days that I do that three times."

But what was most interesting was an exchange Van Gundy had later on where he didn't mince words about commissioner David Stern.
When a reporter asked Van Gundy if he expects anything to change in the way referees officiate Howard's games, Van Gundy responded that he expects no change from the NBA.

"They like the way the game is being called," Van Gundy said.

When another reporter asked if it's fair to fans who paid money to watch Howard play tonight but now won't be able to watch Howard, Van Gundy responded, "You'll have to ask [NBA Commissioner] David Stern about that. He obviously thinks it's better that he sits out."

A reporter later asked whether the technical-foul system is fair, but Van Gundy expressed concern that any statement of opinion could net him a fine from league officials.

"I can't answer that," Van Gundy responded. "And I certainly can't have an opinion because David Stern, like a lot of leaders we've seen in this world lately, don't really tolerate other people's opinions or free speech or anything. So I'm not really allowed to have an opinion, so it's up to him. He decides. And he likes the system that he has."
I'm sure the commissioner will have some thoughts about Van Gundy's comments. Implying that Stern is running a dictatorship is a pretty strong statement. Probably not an incorrect one entirely, but strong nonetheless. But Van Gundy is defending his player, something he absolutely should do.

Howard has been criticized a bit for being a hothead and for not being able to control his temper. He disagrees.

"There's nothing I can do about it," Howard told the Orlando Sentinel Sunday. "I'll try not to let the officiating affect the way I play. It's very tough, but I've just got to do it. I think it's like they want to make an example out of me, but I'll just stay positive and continue to do all the things that I do to bring fun to the game. That's all I can do. I'm not a bad guy. I'm not a hothead because I get techs, and I think that's the message that people want to put across. I guess last year it was I smile too much. Now I don't smile. And now I'm a hothead."

Since: Aug 6, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2011 6:29 am

Van Gundy calls out Stern while defending Howard

"There's nothing I can do about it,"
How about just shutting your mouth, take the fouls that given to you and make your FREE throws without throwing elbows everytime someone fouls you!!  Howard should be put on the free throw line 25 times per game because stats show, he'll only make half of them. 
Stan Van Gundy should stand up for his players, but saying that Howard is getting treated unfairly is just plain STUPID!!  Howard deserves every technical he's received and absolutely should get suspended for being a D-bag!!  Thank You David Stern for trying to clean up the game!!

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2011 7:01 pm

Van Gundy calls out Stern while defending Howard

What Howard has to do is learn to keep from fouling or learn to shoot free throws and they will stop fouling him. They are doing to him what they did to Shaq. What did they call it Hack a Shaq?

So the rule in the NBA is foul the role players and not the stars since the fans come out to see them play, what a concept, from this point on, we will give out purple dots to place on the stars uniform from each team. These players can not be called for a foul, even if he slapped the crap out of the player and both he and the player are bleeding, the ref would have to select a role player to call the foul against.
One set of rules for the role players and a different set of rules for the stars as the stars are who the fans came to see any way not the role players.

I can not see the NBA changing the rules for one person, this would be so unfair. The players would have to learn to keep their mouth shut and play within the current rules.  


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