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David Stern wins war of words with Stan Van Gundy


First Stan Van Gundy said he wasn’t allowed to have an opinion on Dwight Howard’s technical because David Stern is essentially a Middle Eastern dictator in terms of allowing a diversity of opinion.

Stern shot back that he wasn’t going to talk to Van Gundy but would speak to Orlando Magic management about Van Gundy’s “abhorrent behavior.”

The ball is in your court, Van Gundy, what say you (via the Associated Press):

“I’ve been told I can’t comment.”

Game, set, match to Mr. Stern.

Stern does not like people undermining the authority of the league office or the referees. Whether or not said criticisms are valid or not (and Van Gundy’s about the foul calls on Dwight Howard has some merit) is immaterial — you will respect my authoritah!

And David Stern does not lose these battles.

Matt Barnes says he went to house because his son looked distressed

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So far, the only substantive accounts of the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher altercation have come from anonymous sources.

The Knicks coach has deflected questions.

But Barnes is giving his account, at least of the lead-up.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

It’s completely understandable that Barnes would act to ensure his children’s welfare.

And let’s say everything he said is true. It still leaves important questions unanswered.

Did Barnes – as he reportedly texted a friend he did – beat up Fisher and spit on his estranged wife, Gloria Govan? If so, why did Barnes deem that necessary to protect kids?

Gregg Popovich resting himself for Spurs game at Sacramento

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Gregg Popovich said he wouldn’t coach in July.

Apparently, he’s taking off part of October, too.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

It’s not that surprising to see Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw staying home. Veterans miss preseason games all the time just to rest. With the Spurs, it happens even in the regular season.

But it’s still a little strange to see the head coach sit out, even though Popovich also did it last year.

It makes sense, though. Who cares about this preseason game? If travelling less helps the 66-year-old Popovich stay fresh in the years ahead, that’s well worth it. Plus, it gets Messina a little extra experience. Some day, he might be the head coach.