Thank you Billy for changing your mind

Thank you Billy for changing your mind

There are 38 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Mar 15, 2009, titled Thank you Billy for changing your mind. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Stan Van Gundy won his 101st game with the Magic Sunday night. About 120 miles away, Billy Donovan was waiting for a phone call from the NIT.

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ThunderDan

American Fork, UT

#1 Mar 15, 2009
David, it's Alex Martins....
Procurator

Orlando, FL

#2 Mar 16, 2009
You love to kick a good guy when he is down.
Steven

United States

#3 Mar 16, 2009
Dumb, drivel. Van Gundy is no genius. He is hard to watch on the sidelines. He is obese and over dramatic about eveything. I doubt he would do as well with the players on Florida as Donovan could. And there is little doubt Donovan would do much better with the talent on the magic. If you want to give someone credit, it should be the GM. He has done a great job staying patient and adding the right pieces. The magic are a grat team, but still one player away form being a serious contender. Stan Van Gundy is NOT the reason. Nice try though.
GreGG

Merritt Island, FL

#4 Mar 16, 2009
QUOTE from article- ""Stan has exceeded all our expectations," said Alex Martin, the chief operating officer."
Mr Martin if you have been accurately quoted I might suggest you step down from whatever position you have been anointed to because your standards and expectations are much too low, even for the Magic.
You have admitted publicly by this statement that you are ripping off the public.
NY Gator

Rochester, NY

#5 Mar 16, 2009
And we're paying Donovan $3.5m./yr. to take us back to the NIT??? I hope he remains the coach at UF for a long, long time; I also hope his annual pay is adjusted to correspond to his annual performance.
yes i have one

Palm Coast, FL

#6 Mar 16, 2009
billy d is a great coach but he's better suited for college coaching. although, florida's bball team has fallen on hard times the past 2 seasons, i hope this is only a temporary setback. meanwhile, stan van gundy turned out to be the perfect coach for the magic. i don't care what the big cry baby says!!
Sixx

United States

#7 Mar 16, 2009
SVG was a great fit for this team. I don't care if he is overweight or that he doesn't always wear a tie, he gets the Magic to perform and they respect him. Billy would have done as well? Maybe. The only definite is that we'll never know.

Billy is still a great coach, but motivating in college and at the pro level are not the same. I doubt there are many Magic fans out there that would want anyone else coaching this team.
Andy

Kissimmee, FL

#8 Mar 16, 2009
Oh this is just drivel, god, both are good coaches - Donovan looked stupid for changing his mind, but he is still a good coach ... Sheesh he won two consecutive national titles. The bottom line for both coaches is the personel you have on the team. Donavan will be back in the dance soon and the Magic just might do something amazing this year - if they can ever beat Detroit. But both are good coaches - lay off Whitless he is just trying to write a sport commentary, without stupid humor or going into politics, or making a wierd Paris HIlton reference. Nice try David. Keep swinging!
Magic NBA Champs

Fort Walton Beach, FL

#9 Mar 16, 2009
Yes, SVG was such a great choice after the back to back titles he has put together. (sarcasm). How about we see what kind of coach SVG is in the playoffs with a team that should contend for it all before we write these little articles.
Silly Rabbit

Orlando, FL

#10 Mar 16, 2009
Billy Donovan mortgaged the future of UF basketball when the starters returned for another title run. While it's not Donovan's fault that he had a core group of guys together for 2 title runs, it is his fault for not cultivating replacements and building depth, which is why the Gators are going to the NIT for the 2nd year in a row. If you think UF will be right back in the hunt next year, then I suggest you take a look at the roster and see what the team will look like next year. They'll be in the NIT again next year (3rd time in a row)...mark my words.
Van Gundys Mustache

Orlando, FL

#11 Mar 16, 2009
I am da bomb
Silverback

Austin, TX

#12 Mar 16, 2009
SVG is a great coach, but this is an example of what the Magic might have been like had they hired Pat Riley when he was moving around the league.
you guys are dum

Gainesville, FL

#13 Mar 16, 2009
Let's see if SVG can get anything done in the playoffs before we call him the king of Orlando.
Silverback

Austin, TX

#14 Mar 16, 2009
Silly Rabbit wrote:
Billy Donovan mortgaged the future of UF basketball when the starters returned for another title run. While it's not Donovan's fault that he had a core group of guys together for 2 title runs, it is his fault for not cultivating replacements and building depth, which is why the Gators are going to the NIT for the 2nd year in a row. If you think UF will be right back in the hunt next year, then I suggest you take a look at the roster and see what the team will look like next year. They'll be in the NIT again next year (3rd time in a row)...mark my words.
The "starters returned?" They were all juniors. Their chances of making it in the NBA were less than zero. They actually made a mistake in not returning for their senior year. Every single one of them needed another year of maturity
Jimmy

Orlando, FL

#15 Mar 16, 2009
Steven wrote:
I doubt he would do as well with the players on Florida as Donovan could. And there is little doubt Donovan would do much better with the talent on the magic.
You pulled that one straight out of your asse.
Silly Rabbit

Orlando, FL

#16 Mar 16, 2009
Silverback wrote:
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The "starters returned?" They were all juniors. Their chances of making it in the NBA were less than zero. They actually made a mistake in not returning for their senior year. Every single one of them needed another year of maturity
When your top 6 leave, you better have the cupboard stacked with guys who are ready to step in and play. Donovan didn't prepare his team for that scenario. What you've seen on the court the last 2 years is the result. A mediocre team with little talent and no depth.
you guys are dum

Gainesville, FL

#17 Mar 16, 2009
Silly Rabbit wrote:
Billy Donovan mortgaged the future of UF basketball when the starters returned for another title run. While it's not Donovan's fault that he had a core group of guys together for 2 title runs, it is his fault for not cultivating replacements and building depth, which is why the Gators are going to the NIT for the 2nd year in a row. If you think UF will be right back in the hunt next year, then I suggest you take a look at the roster and see what the team will look like next year. They'll be in the NIT again next year (3rd time in a row)...mark my words.
Dude...he won two titles in a row. Who cares if he mortgaged the next two years to do it! Are you insane? Would you rather have two titles or 4 seasons in the sweet 16?
Bryan Orlando FL

AOL

#18 Mar 16, 2009
Gaytor fans are insane if they think Billy D. would have been a good coach in the NBA, its been proven that college coaches dont do good on the pro level (I.E. Spurrier,Pitino,ect,ect)

The day the Magic announced the hiring of Billy D. i knew we were doomed for many years to come, but as soon as he flopped back to gainesville (GOOD RIDDENCE)and the Magic hired Stan Van "THE MAN" Gundy we would be lightyears better with him as coach than Billy

PLUS....this isnt a bandwagon around here (yeah im talking to all uf gaytor fans who just so happened to start liking BBall just because the school you root for in football starting winning in another sport)
From 32801

Worland, WY

#19 Mar 16, 2009
Silly Rabbit wrote:
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When your top 6 leave, you better have the cupboard stacked with guys who are ready to step in and play. Donovan didn't prepare his team for that scenario. What you've seen on the court the last 2 years is the result. A mediocre team with little talent and no depth.
Kansas lost EVERYONE from their title team last year. And guess what gaytor fans....they won their conference and got a 3 seed in the Tourney.

That is how a real program responds. UF had 2 good years and will never be heard from again. Ever.
Silly Rabbit

Orlando, FL

#20 Mar 16, 2009
you guys are dum wrote:
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Dude...he won two titles in a row. Who cares if he mortgaged the next two years to do it! Are you insane? Would you rather have two titles or 4 seasons in the sweet 16?
If he was such a good coach, he wouldn't have let them fall to such mediocrity so quick. Again, lack of recruiting, lack of depth, and lack of talent is the reason UF is where they are.

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