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Fight, fight: Stan Van Gundy vs. Michael Wilbon

Vangundy Not too many things in sports beats a cat fight in the media between, well, between anyone. This one is a bit juicy: Magic coach Stan Van Gundy and the Washington Post's Michael Wilbon, who also is co-host of the ESPN's Pardon the Interruption. Actually, the war of words is mostly coming from Van Gundy's side. Wilbon went out of his way to praise and defend Van Gundy on a radio show, but then added that Van Gundy might be fired if the Magic loses to the Celtics. That's unlikely, but not entirely out of the realm of possibility, is it? The thing is, Wilbon even said, "I don't know how you fire him. I really don't.'' But then added that he heard "rumblings'' that Van Gundy might lose his job if Orlando doesn't get to the final.

Wilbon So Van Gundy fired back, suggesting that if he ever appeared on Pardon the Interruption, maybe Wilbon wouldn't be writing about him possibly being fired. Here are Van Gundy's quotes. Enjoy.

"No, I'm not worried about my job security and I'm less worried about what Michael Wilbon would think about anything. … People comment on things and that's fine  -- whatever. Michael Wilbon, to my knowledge, has never done anything competitive, never been in a locker room. never had to play, never had to coach, never had to make a decision. He's one of those guys who is a talking head.''

Here's where Van Gundy says takes a shot at Wilbon's integrity.

"I've refused to be onPTI over the years. Look, I follow this stuff. If you're on guys’ shows, they don't criticize you and if you won't go on their shows, they do (criticize you.) That stuff is never made known. There's a lack of integrity in the business. So whatever Mike wants to say, that's fine. He's certainly not an expert in my business and I'm not going to worry about it too much.''

[Last modified: Thursday, July 8, 2010 3:17pm]


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