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Stan Van Gundy rips Magic over Jacque Vaughn firing

Van Gundy knows what it's like to be fired by the Magic and apparently he holds grudges.

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It's rare that you see a head coach go on a tirade against another team, but if it was going to happen good money would be on that head coach being Stan Van Gundy and another team being the Orlando Magic.

Van Gundy was in fine form Friday afternoon when he unloaded on the Orlando Magic for firing Jacque Vaugn. Vaughn was dismissed by the Magic after two season and change for the rebuilding Magic with a winning percentage of just .269. To the casual NBA observer, Vaugn being dismissed by the Magic was unsurprising. But for Van Gundy it's personal.

That would be GM Rob Hennigan. The man brought in after Van Gundy and his friend Otis Smith were fired by the Magic in 2012. Van Gundy had guided the Magic to a 259-135 record in five seasons that saw an NBA Finals appearance.

But Van Gundy and star Dwight Howard didn't get along and the organization chose the player over the coach. Howard would be traded to the Lakers three months later.

So you can understand why Van Gundy has a little residual salt on his shoulder when it comes to the Magic organization. It's why he waited for an opportunity like Detroit's where he would have more control of the team operations and why he consistently talked about bridging the divide between the front office and the floor.

And Van Gundy didn't hold back his contempt for his former employer.

Ultimately, I'll give Vince Ellis and his followers the last word on this one:

Just kidding, I'll have the last word. Since 2007 Orlando has had two coaches. In that same time frame the Pistons have had seven -- Flip Saunders, Michael Curry, John Keuster, Lawrence Frank, Maurice Cheeks, John Loyer and Stan Van Gundy.