Stan Van Gundy praises Rashard Lewis, champion

Marc Serota/Getty Images/ZimbioIf there is one good thing from the Heat winning the championship, former Magic power forward Rashard Lewis won his first championship.

Lewis only played in only 47 minutes during the Heat's Playoff run. He scored 5.2 points per game in 14.4 minutes per game. Lewis was a bench warmer for the Heat. He no longer was the revolutionary player for the Magic that made the stretch-4 vogue in the NBA and was the model for many teams to come.

Rashard Lewis was criticized for never living up to his contract with the Magic, but he did what Stan Van Gundy and the organization asked him without any complaint. He did that again with the Heat.

This is why his former coach Stan Van Gundy felt extremely happy for Lewis in winning his first title earlier this week. Van Gundy told the David Baumann Show Friday: 

"He's exactly what you want on a team. Even watching him in this Finals, he's a guy who has great pride and would love to be on the court. Played well every time Miami played him this year. No pouting, no complaining, happy to be a part of it, doing everything he coudl to help and encourage his teammates. Very deserving of being able to win a championship."

Rashard Lewis is an NBA champion. And a very very deserving one.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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