Van Gundy: Kentucky can't top Wiz
NEW YORK -- Stan Van Gundy said Wednesday the notion that Kentucky could beat an NBA team is "absurd."
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The Orlando Magic coach was asked about comments by former Maryland coach Gary Williams, who told a Washington radio station he thought the Wildcats could beat the NBA's Washington Wizards in one game at Rupp Arena.
The Wildcats, the favorites to win the NCAA championship, have multiple players who are expected to be NBA lottery picks. Forward Anthony Davis could be the No. 1 overall pick if he enters the draft.
That's not enough for Van Gundy.
"Look, it's absurd," he said before the Magic lost to the New York Knicks, 108-86. "I mean, people will say, 'Oh, Kentucky, you know's, got four NBA players.' Yeah, well, the other team's got 13."
Van Gundy said the talent level, experience and age of the players would favor the NBA team, even one as bad as the Wizards (11-38).
"Could anything happen on a one-night thing? I mean, I suppose, you have major upsets all the time. So, maybe, but it'd be rare and in a series it'd be a joke," Van Gundy said. "It wouldn't be close. That's just the way it is. John Calipari's got a lot of talent; he does not have 13 NBA players. He just doesn't. And even if those guys all are, they're all NBA rookies. I mean, when has that ever been a success in the NBA? So, no, they're not going to win."
Washington coach Randy Wittman was asked his thoughts on Williams' comments before Thursday night's game againt Washington.
"Never heard of them," he said succinctly before walking away.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
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