BOSTON – Say hello to the kinder, gentler Stan Van Gundy. These days, he might even pet the egos of his sensitive Orlando Magic like “little puppies.”
Long a glass-half-empty type, the Magic coach is known for his tough love with players and keep-it-real attitude with the media. Where there’s sunshine, Van Gundy sees clouds. Shaquille O’Neal(notes), who played under Van Gundy in Miami, famously labeled him the “Master of Panic” last season.
No more, Van Gundy says. Well, no more for now. After learning his players had tired of dreary, Van Gundy has pledged to cut the negativity.
“You’re not going to see me sitting down,” he said. “I doubt I’ll smile very much. I’m not little Mary Sunshine. Look, I’m going to work on being less negative, which doesn’t mean I’m not going to get on them. Just more constructive.
“Telling them, ‘You suck,’ is not going to help them do anything better. It’s more like, ‘What we got to do is get back on defense. We have to get back. We need to do a better jobRead More »from Van Gundy's light touch lifts Magic