Workplace Tension In Orlando

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Frictions isn’t always a bad thing.

Sometimes just the right amount of tension in the workplace brings out the best in everyone.

With Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy tinkering with his rotations, there was bound to be some healthy friction between the free-speaking coach and his players.

Ryan Anderson didn’t like being passed up in the rotation by Brandon Bass and Mickael Pietrus doesn’t like the way he’s being used, either, hence the shouting match and benching that occurred Wednesday night.

But with Van Gundy committed to tinkering, in anticipation of the playoffs, Magic players will have to live with whatever Van Gundy decides to do (as Stan Van explained to my main man Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel):

“It’s going to be a tough thing for a few of our guys. The good part is we have a flexibility to play different situations, but to do that, somebody has to pay every night. I guess, as we go along, we’ll see who can handle it and produce. I don’t mind if they are pissed off with me, but I don’t want it translating to their teammates. I need them to stay together as a group.”

As B. Schmitz pointed out, this is the second straight year that Van Gundy’s rotation tinkering has caused friction. Last season Bass and J.J. Redick bristled at the way they were being used.

The fact is, players complain about the way they are used all the time. It’s as common as tattoos and baggy shorts in the NBA. The key is making sure that the friction helps the cause as opposed to hurting the team’s overall performance.

Pietrus seems to understand as much:

“I’m a very competitive guy. What I miss the most is being out there,” he said. “It’s not playing time; it’s getting back that adrenalin that I need. It’s hard for me not to have that.

“It’s why I’m so frustrated. … I respect Stan. Of course. He’s like part of my family.”

Family or not, do you think this tension is good for the Magic?

Let’s go to the polls:

9 Comments

  1. Zzanzabar says:

    I agree with those comments concerning a trade, but I think that the Magic need a flat out scorer (read DEPENDABLE) a guy who can give you the 15 -20 foot range knock down shot. At one time I thought that Lewis was that guy, but it is becoming evident that he is not up to it. I truly believe the team was a much better threat when they had Turkoglu.

    • Jake says:

      Turkoglu? You’ve got to be kidding me. I think Orlando says a prayer of thanks every night that they managed to get rid of Hedo when they did. He’s been awful the past two years. The Magic have about 5 or 6 guys that can hit the 15-20 foot shot (Lewis, Nelson, Carter, Anderson, Richardson, Pietrus etc.) They’ve got basically all the tools they need to win a championship they just all have to come together and play at a high level throughout the entire playoffs. When they’re at their best they’re virtually unbeatable, but for some inexplicable reason they collasped in the first three games against Boston last year.

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  3. Jamie S* says:

    I think it can be a good thing maybe. After some of their performances. It puts a little edge on everything, and let guys know, they gotta step it up! They don’t really need a trade, their core been together for a long time. And thats what win in the playoffs. They just need to be heathy, and some fire. They gotta start playing with some freaking pride, period!!

    • THREE says:

      THE CELTICS AE BORIN LOLSERIOUSLY IF RONDO WAS NOT ON THAT TEAM THEAM WOULD NOT GET PAST THE FIRST ROUND MAYBE NOT A PLAYOFF TEAM…I THINK RONDO NEEDS TO SET DEMANDS AND TELL THE FRONT OFFICE TO BRING IN YOUNGER STARTING PLAYERS…TRADE KG AS SOON AS POSSIBLE WHILE HES STILL ACTIVE AND PUTIN UP SOME GOOD NUMBERS. MAKE A TRADE WITH DETROIT THEY NEED TO GET RID OF THEIR WINGS…..TRADE FOR BEN GORDAN????? DETROIT NEEDS A BIG…MAYBE TRADE GLEN DAVIS AND SOMETHING ELSE FOR BEN GORDAN SO WHEN RAY ALLEN RETIRES THEY CAN PLUG IN BEN GORDEN. THE CELTICS ARE NOT GETIN BETER THEIR DECLINING?????? IT SEEMS LIKE THEY ARE BORED DURING THE SEASON AND NEED THE CROWD DO GET THEM GOIN…FRUSTERATING TO WATCH. THEY BEAT MIAMI AND LOOSE TO CLEVEAND?????????? EXACTLY MY POINT. THEY HAVE SO MANY LAPSES AND ARENT UP FOR EVERY GAME. LAKERS ARE UP FOR EVERY GAME AND PLAY HARD ALL GAME AND ALMOST EVERY GAME…THE ONLY PLAYERS WITH ENERGY ARE NATE ROBINSON AND RONDO…AND AT MAYBE KG.

  4. Andrew says:

    Regardless of the team rotations, they need to make a trade. They don’t have enough to compete with the Celtics or Heat let alone the Lakers if they got that far.

    • fedex says:

      I agree…they need another decent big…
      thats not hating on howard…but he needs more help down low..
      everyone expect him to dominant…but we all forget that he is 2 inches shorter than shaq…
      they need a decent 7′ guy…to relieve some of that pressure…
      becuz bass coming in…he is short for his position…
      rashard lewis doesnt pull his weight…and it feels like he is not concerned that he is not living up to that contract….
      but i have no real idea where they should start…however maybe gortat and bass and anderson are players you can work with…hopefully they do well…howard is a lovable guy…and its about time VC gets his….

      I love BOSTON!!! lol

    • spencer says:

      Orlando and boston both have a lot of vets mostly boston and during the regular season boston is boring to watch seriously and Rondo is the best player on that team thats it. Boston has a lot of lapses and they could have a 15 point lead in a game and just loose the game a the end. doc rivers said last year that its boring for the team in the regular season…but to me it looks like they are bored and they have lapses in the playoffs. it seems like the crowd is the reason why they come back from big leads or when they are down. if the crowd isnt in to it seems like they would loose a lot of games. Orlando isnt the same thing but vince carter is gettin injured left and right and they are not using that team properly. why dont they get a regular post player along side dwight who can also hit the mid range jumper. like a carl landry???? or if not they should get someone to replace rashard lewis maybe a trade to knicks for somone like anthony randolph plug him in at the four?? someone athletic maybe. and i heard they might get arenas for carter. but i mean arenas needs the ball in his hands…..and arenas aint a jump shooter.i think it wont work a stand still gilbert arenas for a three????