Poppin’ Collars!

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Some people love taking shots at Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy.

We love him around here because he’s smart enough not to take himself too seriously, but still thin-skinned enough to pop off whenever his sensibilities (about anything) are offended.

So it should surprise no one that Van Gundy is having fun in training camp. He is, after all, in his element.

When word spread that he spent his summer trying to improve his connection with his players, complete with road trips to visit them (here at home and abroad), you had to know even more interesting details would surface.

But this dress code for coaches (they must wear collared shirts) stuff uncovered by Antonio Gonzalez of the Associated Press is priceless:

Van Gundy will also be sporting some new looks this season—one by choice, another by mandate.

Both of his creation.

Slightly slimmer and more physically fit, Van Gundy is exercising on the elliptical machine and lifting weights. He’s also trying to eat better, he said, and is scheduled to have another checkup in two weeks to find out exactly how much weight he’s lost.

“It would be almost physically impossible for it to go up,” he said, chuckling.

And those trademark turtleneck shirts complete with the same few sport coats on the sideline are gone. New NBA rules require coaches to wear collared shirts during games.

In an appreciative gesture, Magic CEO Bob Vander Weide—after extending Van Gundy’s contract through 2013—even had tailors fit the coach and some front-office members with suits. So, yes, a fully suited Van Gundy is coming to NBA sidelines.

Maybe even sometimes with a tie.

“I want them to at least name the rule after me,” Van Gundy said. “Somebody has their Bird rights. Larry Bird got that rule named after him. I want it to be the Van Gundy Rule.”

We can go ahead and make the hideout “Van Gundy Rule” headquarters (trust me, we’ve got plenty of room).

Because few people in the league entertain us the way Stan Van can.

And come to think of it, Van Gundy is one of the only coaches we can remember not wearing collared shirts on a regular basis.



  1. young lambo says:

    carmelo is great and prolithic scorer but i think he should go to orlando or new york to help amire but my reason for orlando is to give the heat competition in florida because come on man we all kno the heat rolling 3 deep this year and its gonna b hell for any team to jus blow them out. im a lebron fan not a heat bandwagonner i jus think its gonna be the toughest challenge for any team especially for the lakers since kobe is injury prone for the beginning of the season. This year is going to be fun for the heat but not for the rest of the league because all i have to say is three peat and im not talking LA lmao im talkin flash, the king, and bosh

  2. manuel cruz says:

    Definitely ‘Melo would be a great addition to Orlando, if, and only if, they ( the Magic ) wouldn’t have to sacrifice Rashard, Gortat, Carter or Jameer, $$$$$$

    • QuestionMark says:

      They would have to sacrifice either Lewis/Carter and another player like Bass, Pietrus or Duhon for Melo. I personally would trade Carter, Anderson and Pietrus for Melo and J.R Smith because Carter isnt playing well anymore and didnt play well in the Playoffs, Lewis didnt either but he can atleast shoot 3s better than Carter can and that is what The Magic are based around, also J.R Smith is a younger and at the moment a better version of Carter, he can shoot 3s, he can dunk and he can do everything else. With that the starting Lineup will be: Jameer Nelson, J.R Smith, Carmelo Anthony, Rashard Lewis, Dwight Howard. That is a Championship Team right there. Against the Heats, Carmelo can play good D against Lebron and other way around so even match there, Wade will play better than Smith, but Smith has a knack for knocking down ten 3s when he wants too, Dwight Howard will dominate against Big Z, Bosh, Anthony, etc, and if Lebron plays PG (there is a chance) then Lebron will own Nelson, and Melo will own Miller. but if the Magic were to get Melo and Smith.. I personally think The Magic will win.

  3. buang says:


  4. Hasib says:

    Why the hell would Denver want old expensive players, and crappy young players for Anthony? Even magics picks for the next 2 years won’t do much because they’re a top team, that means late first round players. It doesn’t make a lot of sense, and there is more hope for teams with solid rookies and better round picks.

    • Jordan says:

      Unless he demands to be traded to the Magic specifically, Denver surely has better offers on the table for him. I don’t think he will go to Orlando anyway. Bottom line is he wants to play for the Knicks, whether they trade for him or wait it out until next summer, I think Melo will be playing for the NYK very soon.

  5. Edgar R. says:

    carmelo go to magic to play with dwight howard,J. Nelson,V.Carter and Rashard lewis. stan van gundy trade brandon bass and cris duhon if you want a championship title but with the team do you have is nice to win a title

    • Shaun says:

      Edgar, Magic gonna have to put more on the block than that to get Melo.
      They would need to give Nuggets at least 2 starter quality players for Melo. Bass and Carter/Lewis would be more like it, plus both are trading above the cap so need to match salaries etc.

  6. Horace says:

    Get Melo! That’ll show the Three Queens in Miami!

    • Sam says:

      A starting five of Jameer Nelson, Vince Carter, Carmello Anthony, Ryan Anderson and Dwight Howard still wouldn’t beat the “Big 3” of Miami anyway. Sure Orlando would have the better Centre and Poing Guard, but the other 3 spots still go to the Heat. I don’t see how the Heat lose this year, they are so much more talented than every other side in the league

      • QuestionMark says:

        Not exactly, The Miami Heats are a powerhouse team, but isnt built on defense as you can tell from the roster, Players like Pau Gasol, Kevin Garnett and mainly Dwight Howard will dominate and most likely drop 30 points and grab 15 boards, once they face the Heats. Joel Anthony, Big Z, Udonis Haslem, Juwan Howard, Chris Bosh, and Jamaal Magloire, none are good enough defensively or a tough enough to defend the likes of Gasol, KG, or Dwight Howard, closest would Haslem or Magloire who can guard them, and also KG, Gasol, and Howard have the height advantage over the Heat bigs, so if they want to win a championship, they just need to Wade, Lebron to play tough D against opposing scorers (Paul Pierce, Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen, Carmelo Anthony, Joe Johnson, Vince Varter, etc) and play great offense then they will win. Lets say the Celtics: if Wade and Lebron can shut down Pierce and Allen and play really well on the break or offense overall…they are certain to win. I dont think The Lakers have as much offensive power as the Heats do, but what makes them win is their defense, Gasol and Bynum play tough D, Kobe and Artest can play great D and same with Fisher that is why they are a championship team.

  7. Shaun says:

    JWY: Yes! Spot on.
    If they will take Rashard, Pietrus and Bass for him then do it. Or maybe keep Lewis and add Carter to that mix. Though i am a fan of all of the Magic’s players, Melo is a phenomenal scorer. As Chuck has said in the past, the best purer scorer in the league, and this would sure up the only real hole in the Magic roster, an elite scorer.
    Team him up with the best D in the league and there is a team that would be very hard to beat. Lakers are deeper this year and Heat appear to be the ones to catch this year (if not this season then definately at some point in the next 4-5 years).
    Otis Smith, go and get Melo!

  8. JWY of Singapore says:


    • QuestionMark says:

      I would trade Vince Carter, Ryan Anderson and Mickeal Pietrus for Melo and J.R Smith. A Superstar to form a Duo with Dwight Howard and a 3pt specialist who can and will drop ten 3s on your ass