Stan Van Gundy At Magic Basketball Camp


Here is the official word from the Orlando Magic:

"ORLANDO – Orlando Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy was nervously stalking around the court, unable to stand still or contain his eagerness as he taught the fundamentals of basketball. And with each drill, his piercing voice seemed to rise in octaves and intensity.Even though Van Gundy was instructing approximately 50 high school, middle school and elementary kids on Wednesday at the Orlando Magic/Orange County South Econ Recreation Center, he seemed to be working as hard as he would have been if he were getting the Magic ready for a key playoff game.There was the sweat in his shirt, the fire in his voice and the detail that he poured into every aspect of the dribbling drills. Clearly, when coaching basketball, the Magic’s coach knows only one speed and his intensity burns only at white-hot levels.“You do it sort of the way that you do it,” Van Gundy said with a shrug. “But the challenge is when you have a large group like this is to keep everybody involved. That’s why stuff like ball-handling and passing drills are good because you can get more people going. I don’t like having people standing around. I know with myself (as a former college player), that’s what used to bore me to death.”There was little time to get bored on Wednesday as Van Gundy put the students at the Magic basketball camp presented by UnitedHealthcare through the paces for more than an hour. Whereas some athletes might show up at a camp, give a few pointers, sign some autographs and generally goof off with the children, Van Gundy was clearly focused on using the session as a teaching moment.Van Gundy put the campers through many of the same ball-handling drills that the Magic use at the start of their practices. And Van Gundy pulled no punches, getting in and demonstrating many of the drills such as the between-the-legs dribble, the stutter-step move and the behind-the-back wrap-around dribble.He then stressed to the players that far too much time is spent on shooting and not nearly enough time is taking developing ball-handling skills. Van Gundy pointed out to the players that the best scorers in the NBA are the ones who can maneuver through the defense and get anywhere they want on the floor.“It’s fun being in camps with kids. It’s amazing how things are so similar,” Van Gundy said. “You have to teach a little bit more at a lower level, but the fundamentals never change.“The fundamentals don’t get overlooked by the better (NBA) players,” Van Gundy continued. “The ones able to execute the fundamentals are the ones who can play in our league. Sometimes because of the other things that NBA players can do they lose sight that guys can really take care of the fundamentals.’’Jacques Patrick, a 6-foot-2 14-year-old who will be attending East River High School, said it was an honor to be coached by the likes of Van Gundy, who is universally considered one of the best teachers in the NBA. Patrick said the value of Wednesday’s session was immeasurable to him.“He was such a good coach and a speaker and he really inspired me,” Patrick said. “He taught me things about using my left hand and saying that you can’t do something yet that got my attention. It was really good.”"

To see Van Gundy’s handles, click here.

(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger, ESPN 1080’s Magic Insider ( and is the co-host of the Insiders Show Sunday mornings at 10:00 am EST. Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter to follow him daily. You can download the HTD app here).