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SVG on Psycho T

April 10, 2008

Interesting, candid stuff from Magic coach Stan Van Gundy during an interview on “The Boog Sciambi Show” (that sounds like the worst Italian restaurant in the world) on Miami sports radio:

Sciambi: “Would they (the media) use the same adjectives to describe him (Hansbrough) if he were black?”

SVG: “Well, probably not. But I think there’s two things going on there. Well three. Let’s give the guy his due. He plays the game well and he plays it hard okay. With no hyperbole he does do that, so let’s start there.

“But then the second and third factors I think definitely you hit on it, there’s the racial thing. People go crazy over white players. They tend to assign character qualities to them rather than just good play. And then the third thing is the emotion. He plays with a lot of emotion. You know, he’s jumping up and down, he’s all over the place and for whatever reason when fans see that they think that equates to a greater desire to win than a guy, let’s say, that plays like Tim Duncan played even in college. Who just sort of pretty even keeled, doesn’t show a lot of emotion but just keeps playing well and getting the job done.

“For whatever reason fans, media, whoever, equate the show of emotion with a greater desire to win and I think its B.S. But I think it happens so I think there’s that on top of the racial issue.”

Sciambi: “Don’t numbers two and three tie together because aren’t, in a lot of instances, isn’t the white public or media offended at times by the show of emotion when it’s a black guy? If its Chad Johnson dancing to show emotion, ‘Hey wait a second, we don’t like that so much.”’

SVG: “That’s a great point. I mean I do think that happens a lot. ‘The black guy has no class, but the white guy’s playing with fire.’ I don’t think there’s any question about that.”

That’s the first time I’ve heard someone who evaluates talent for a living (and not someone who just opines on it) go on record with something like that.

From Chris Broussard’s ESPN blog.

UPDATE: Ha, Long passed along this month-old Mike Freeman column that says basically the same thing as SVG but contains this great line: “Bill Raftery is an admirable professional who is one of my favorites to watch. He’s extremely talented, but during a timeout in one North Carolina game, he said ‘watching Tyler Hansbrough listen is special.’ ”

Ha ha, as Freeman followed up, “What? No, seriously, what?”

UPDATE II: Yes, yes, as more than one person has pointed out, Chad Johnson is a terrible, terrible example. I agree with that.