Stan Van Gundy: Heat roster better than any of Jordan’s Bulls rosters
No doubt the Heat are going to be good. Very good. But expectations some comparisons and expectations are getting a little ridiculous.
Van Gundy is a pretty straight shooter, he says what he thinks.
But he also gets the game. The Heat are a top rival for Van Gundy’s Magic in the East and one way to knock them down a peg is to set the expectations for them so unrealistically high that even a very good season is perceived as a failure. Saying they will win 72 their first season together is way too high a bar (remember how long those Bulls had been together when they did it, and it was the second year after a diluting league expansion).
This is one way to start injecting some doubt into a team -- have everyone around them saying they are not as good as they should be.
It may not work, but it’s a smart strategy for Van Gundy to try.