Thursday, May 28, 2009

Stan The Man For Magic


Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy has every reason to enjoy life right now, as his Orlando squad is just one win away from franchise's second Eastern Conference championship. (Photo courtesy of ESPN)

Ever since he broke into the NBA head coaching ranks with the Miami Heat, there are many people that still believe Stan Van Gundy has yet to escape the shadow of his brother Jeff, who led the Knicks to an Eastern Conference title in 1999, along with several playoff appearances before moving into his current line of work as a color commentator and studio analyst for ABC's NBA coverage. A win tonight in Cleveland could move Van Gundy into his own zip code in NBA history and differentiate him from Jeff for the rest of his career.

Van Gundy's Orlando Magic take a 3-1 lead against the Cavaliers into tonight's Game 5 at the Quicken Loans Arena, one win away from a return trip to the NBA Finals for Orlando, who hasn't been there since getting swept by the Rockets in 1995. Van Gundy would be making his Finals debut if the Magic prevail, and all he needs to do once he gets there is take at least two games from either the Lakers or Nuggets to eclipse Jeff's showing in the Finals, when his Knicks advanced as a No. 8 seed before falling to San Antonio in five games.

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