Stan Van Gundy turned the Orlando Magic locker room into Tahrir Square this afternoon when reporters asked him about Dwight Howard's suspension. Van Gundy said NBA referees aren't protecting Howard. Then he pretty much called David Stern a despot:

"There's no case to present to the NBA. They like the way the game is being called....This is the system. David Stern and his minions like it. That's the system you have....And I certainly can't have an opinion because David Stern, like a lot of leaders we've seen in this world lately, don't really tolerate other people's opinions or free speech or anything. So I'm not really allowed to have an opinion, so it's up to him. He decides. And he likes the system that he has....[H]e does not tolerate freedom of speech when it comes to NBA issues. He's the only opinion."

Clever, Van Gundy. If you get teargassed, you only prove your point.

Stan Van Gundy sticks up for Dwight Howard, tweaks NBA Commissioner David Stern [Orlando Sentinel]