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Stan Van Gundy on Mike Brown: 'Most ridiculous firing' in NBA history

Stan Van Gundy Stan Van Gundy questioned why the Lakers didn't give Mike Brown more time. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

The Orlando Sentinel caught up with Stan Van Gundy to get his reaction to Mike Brown's dismissal as Lakers coach. Van Gundy, predictably, didn't pull any punches.

The outspoken former Magic coach called the move "the most ridiculous firing in the history of the NBA" and questioned why the Lakers didn't give Brown more than five games to integrate newcomers Dwight Howard, who is coming off back surgery, and Steve Nash, who has missed the last three games with a leg injury.

Van Gundy, of course, coached Howard for five seasons. But Van Gundy was fired by the Magic in May, one month after claiming that high-ranking team officials had told him Howard wanted him gone. Van Gundy joked to the Sentinel about replacing Brown, "I'm sure I'm at the top of their list."