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Jeff Van Gundy Says Donovan Is Following His Heart

GAINESVILLE - Former NBA coach and ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy said Tuesday that his close friend Billy Donovan is emotionally torn over his decision to back out of his contract with the Orlando Magic, but Van Gundy said he admires Donovan for following his heart.

"I've spoken to Billy throughout this process,'' Van Gundy said. "I feel very badly for him that he?s in the situation he's in right now, but I applaud him for following his heart. I think it took him to take the Orlando job to realize how much he loved the University of Florida and college basketball.''

Van Gundy, who is preparing for the NBA playoffs which begin Thursday, said he believes the Magic organization is filled with good people and he hopes the situation will work out amicably.

"I'm hoping that situation works out for both parties because obviously Billy meant no harm to the Orlando Magic and yet he realizes it's been difficult on them,'' Van Gundy said. "And I think the Orlando Magic people are very good people. I've met Mr. DeVos a long time ago. He's a special guy and I think he probably wants what's best for Billy as well. I hope there's an amicable conclusion to a very difficult situation.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:16pm]


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