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Stan Van Gundy on Heatles: 'They Are Pretty Impressed With Themselves'

Jan 5, 2011 – 7:00 PM
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Stan Van Gundy and LeBron JamesORLANDO, Fla. -- Magic coach Stan Van Gundy rarely misses a chance to fuel the growing rivalry with the downstate Miami Heat. He likes nothing better than taking a dig at his former team.

The Magic (22-12) go into Wednesday night's game against Milwaukee riding a six-game winning streak, second longest in the league behind only the Heat's seven-game string.

Van Gundy was asked Wednesday what he thought of the Heat's latest nickname -- The Heatles -- that LeBron James revealed earlier this week.

James was comparing his Heat to the long-ago iconic Beatles, who attracted large frenzied crowds whenever they performed.

He said it after a string of a Heat road victories that came before large, vocal and often-hostile crowds. James reasoned that the Heat -- and all the attention that have garnered -- were good for the entire league.

"They (Heat) are pretty impressed with themselves,'' Van Gundy said. "But we don't need Miami to get people to our arena.''

"There are some places where fans turn out to see the Lakers and Heat. That might be true in some places, but it's not true here.''
-- Stan Van Gundy
Van Gundy coached the Heat for 2 ½ seasons, but he was replaced by team president Pat Riley, who took them to the 2006 NBA title.

With the Magic, Van Gundy has done well against the Heat, and he was critical of all the hype this summer surrounding their restructuring that included the much-anticipated arrival of James and Chris Bosh.

"The Heat aren't raising our attendance. Maybe some places (the Heat) makes fans turn out, but that's not the case here,'' Van Gundy said. "We're selling out no matter who we play. We've got good fans, and they turn out to see us.

"Our largest crowd was against New York and the Golden State game was about the same," he continued. "There are some places where fans turn out to see the Lakers and Heat. That might be true in some places, but it's not true here.''
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