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While the rivalry between the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat might lay dormant at times during the offseason, the venom between the two heated, hated sides clearly never bubbles too far below the surface.

And old rivals Otis Smith, Stan Van Gundy and Heat president Pat Riley have made sure that the vitriol between the two teams continues to flow all summer long.

Irked at some of the comments from Smith, Orlando’s President of Basketball Operations, and Van Gundy, the Magic’s head coach, following Miami’s free-agent signings of LeBron James and Chris Bosh in July, Riley went on the offensive on Friday. He was highly critical of Smith, Van Gundy and TNT analyst Charles Barkley for becoming the ``moral conscious or moral authority’’ of players in the NBA.

Van Gundy, who worked in Miami with Riley for 12 seasons from 1995-2006, fired back on Saturday at the many inconsistencies in Riley’s behavior and criticisms through the years.

``I thought it was pretty typical. I was kind of amused by it, especially reading down through the interview,’’ Van Gundy said. ``He goes into Charles Barkley, me and Otis and then says he doesn’t worry about what people say. Wait, you called the press conference, you went off and everybody and you don’t care what people say? Clearly, he cares a great deal about what people say. I was laughing when I saw that.’’


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Wait, you called the press conference, you went off and everybody and you don’t care what people say? Clearly, he cares a great deal about what people say. I was laughing when I saw that.


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Always to the point.

No B.S. with Stan. I love that.
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stan and pat in the octagon one time please!
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I love Stan Van. Seriously, best coach in franchise history. and yeah, thats over Daly. RIP.

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"so a guy walks up to me and hands me a criticism. i was like, maaaaaan i aint your assistant coach no more. im an adult. so i THREW IT ON THE GROUND."


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I like the part where Riley tried to compare Rashard to LeBron... Not even close Pat, not even close...
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I remember back when Rashard was a free agent, and ESPN and all the sports channels and papers were drooling over where Shard was going to go. All the FA were waiting for his decision before themselves deciding.

I will never for get it...

ESPN did a show where Shard was interviewed by Jim Gray, in a boys and girls club in Montana. I remember them showing the clips of a sports bar in Seattle, Houston, and Orlando and when Shard said "I have decided to take my talents to the Magic Kingdom" the Houston sports bar put the Astro's game on, the Orlando bar went ape shit, and the Sonics were put up immediately for sale. The funniest part was in the Orlando bar where there was a guy wearing a Seattle Rashard lewis jersey who was jumping up and down cheering his heart out about Shard coming to orlando. Even the commentator pointed it out: "Look! A Seattle fan cheering Shards decision".

It was great.

I will never forget it.

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But (Billy) King also said he was not surprised that Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy and Orlando General Manager Otis Smith previously made their critical views known.

“Stan and Otis were making their point; it naturally becomes a mind game,” King said. “They fired the first shot across the bow. Now Pat comes back, and it will continue throughout the year until the Commissioner steps in.”



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