"And, actually, there's nothing significant in what we do, in the big picture, other than providing entertainment. It's a high-wire act. There's a lot at stake, and it runs the whole gamut."
First we were on the Dwight Howard Watch.
Now it seems we are monitoring rumors about Stan Van Gundy's future with the Magic. That's a shame.
ESPN's Mark Stein reports that he's heard "whispers" on the coaching grapevine that Nate McMillan is a "prime candidate" to replace Stan if the club must make a coaching change to keep Howard long-term.
McMillan is the former head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics and Portland Trail Blazers, who fired him in mid-March during his seventh season.
McMillan was an assistant coach on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team. Howard was on the team and worked with him. It's purely a coincidence McMillan's name is rumored with the Magic.
Local Gator makes good
Lost in all the Linsanity yakety-yak this season has been the whereabouts of Jimmy Hoffa, Amelia Earhart and Chandler Parsons.
Parsons has been the definition of local kid makes good.
A second-round pick by the Houston Rockets, Parsons — of Lake Howell High in Casselberry and the Florida Gators — has become coach Kevin McHale's pet project.
He has flourished under the former Boston Celtics star, averaging 9.2 points and 5.0 rebounds in 49 games, 43 starts (as of Friday).
Highlight of the season for Parsons was this comment from a superstar about his play: "I think he's a terrific young player. I think he has a really bright future, and I don't say that a lot about a lot of people."
The speaker was Kobe Bryant.
Van Gundy is right: Kentucky couldn't beat the Washington Wizards. Kentucky, however, could beat the Magic team that showed up to face the Knicks the other night. ... Speaking of Kentucky's Triple A team, the NBA just called up John Henson, Harrison Barnes and Kendall Marshall. ... A thought crossed my mind while watching the old Orlando arena implode last week: I wonder when the new Amway Center will face the wrecking ball? I mean, come on. Shouldn't a $480 million arena with all the bells and whistles and whiskeys be good to about 2050? I can't even imagine what tickets will go for then, especially if gas is $26 a gallon. ... Show of hands: How many of you think Lakers C Andrew Bynum would have taken that 3-point shot if Phil Jackson was still the coach? … Did you see that Bobcats coach Paul Silas has let his son, Steve, an assistant, periodically run the team? Isn't that child abuse?