Stan Van Gundy gets testy with reporter over LeBron James question (vid)
It’s understandable that Stan Van Gundy wasn’t in the best of moods Wednesday night after the Detroit Pistons lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers by a score of 107-90 to go down 0-2 in the series. And one reporter suffered the wrath of Van Gundy’s sour disposition after he asked the Pistons head coach about LeBron James’ playing time during the game.
After poor starts to begin the second and fourth quarters in a Game 1 victory, the Cavaliers opted to have James on the floor to open both quarters in Game 2. Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon asked Van Gundy about the tactical move, and the coach’s response was dripping with sarcasm, to put it mildly.
“LeBron’s always a pretty good adjustment, yeah,” Van Gundy said, as transcribed by Pro Basketball Talk. “Yeah, that’s really smart coaching, to put LeBron on the floor. It is. That’s really smart coaching to put LeBron on the floor. I give him a lot of credit for that adjustment, if that’s what you want to call it.”
Even if the series has been arguably underwhelming from a competitive standpoint — in some respects — Van Gundy has played a significant role in providing great theater during it. Not only did he try to work officials during a Game 1 interview with comments about how James never gets called for offensive fouls, he had a great response when asked about how he was fined $25,000 for his criticisms.
James, meanwhile, said the Cavaliers would have to play much better in Game 2 to notch another victory. And the Cavaliers did that in spades, tying an NBA postseason record by draining 20 three-pointers, with James scoring 27 points to lead the way.