Monday, October 22nd, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  17 responses

Jeff Van Gundy Says NBA Blocked Stan Van Gundy from ESPN Job

Jeff Van Gundy backed up his brother Stan Van Gundy’s claim that the NBA stopped him from getting a prominent TV gig. JVG, who works for ESPN, made the accusation in an interview with USA Today: “Jeff says his brother ‘had a basic agreement’ to become an ESPN/ABC analyst in the marquee studio shows that wrap around game coverage: ‘And then something changed. There’s certainly circumstantial evidence that something from the outside — presumably the NBA — changed (ESPN’s) thinking. … I was happy when they came to an agreement and shocked when they pulled their offer.’ Obviously it’s personal for Jeff. And after ESPN asked Jeff to help recruit Stan, ‘Obviously this stings. Frankly, it’s a shame what happened.’ Going forward? ‘As a broadcaster of the NBA, it give you pause,’ Jeff says. ‘How forthcoming can you be? You don’t want your honesty to cost you a chance at employment.This is a shot across the bow.’ Jeff’s big picture: ‘This is an organization that’s treated me great. But this raises interesting questions about what a (league-network) partnership means. You have to realize, as a fan, you’re not getting the whole truth. … It seems like there are certain people in each sport that (TV) can’t criticize, or you can’t criticize the league itself. That’s what impressed me when (ESPN’s) Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden criticized the NFL over replacement refs. That (Commissioner) Roger Goodell didn’t throw a hissy fit at ESPN was impressive.’ [...] Sunday, ESPN’s Mike Soltys said, ‘We had discussions with (Stan) and we were interested in a role for him at ESPN. Ultimately, we moved in a different direction.’ [...] NBA spokesman Mike Bass on Sunday said, ‘It was ESPN and ESPN alone who made any decisions about Stan Van Gundy.’”

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  • shutup

    Someone should keep their mouth shut before they find themselves on the unemployment line right next to their fat brother.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    I think Stern had something to do with it too regardless of what the league or ESPN says. He seems like the petty type. The same type to put a clock on how much time players have to do their pregame rituals. Or the type to introduce a new ball that no one wants or asks for. ESPN could fire Jeff today and he’d find a coaching job or another analyst job quickly. Stan will find a job as well. Who would replace the best in-game analyst outside of Hubie Brown who already does a lot of games? We could use more honest guys like the Van Gundy brothers.

  • roscoe

    like’em or hate’em… the VGs are good 4 d’nba, entertaining, & have high bball IQs.

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    Let’s be real here, we all know Stan didn’t get the job because Stern and ESPN were concerned that he would reveal David Sterns alter ego, Emperor Palpaaewwaew.

    Have no concern loyal, basketball watching citizens, there was no disruption in the force within my dwelling that resulted in an untimely death. Be sure to buy LeaguePass for the NBA: Where Amazing Happens! And don’t forget David Stern is for the players and the fans!!!

  • Max

    Preach brother, preach!

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    Dwight told espn to not hire SVG

  • spit hot fiyah

    props to the notorious JVG for going at his employer here

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    “we can’t let Stan be in the booth for basketball reasons” – David Stern

  • M Cho

    diet coke blocked!

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    But how could he, wasn’t he riding the Finding Nemo attraction in Disneyland?

  • Conor

    I’ve always been inclined to believe that it was a contractual obligation amongst analysts not to disparage N.B.A. policies and referees. If it was left entirely to their word, you’d think that the officials have absolutely no influence on games at all and that they are as close to perfect as fans, teams, and the League could hope for. Unfortunate.

  • bike

    Is it not possible that the real reason is ESPN was concerned about the guy’s volatile personality? Maybe they didn’t want to run the risk of him busting a hemorrhoid on camera.

  • elmaar

    hope SVG gets a gig somewhere and goes ham about everything

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    Lol he always spent the day riding the teacup ride at Disneyland

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    ESPN pays to show NBA games… That right there creates a huge problem for the journalistic model. That would be like news organizations depending on the Army to protect them while in a combat zone and then reporting critically on those same units. Oh wait.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.brodes Jay Brodes

    this has lord stern written all over it! call him dark helmet..that is what he reminds me of…rick moranis with power…scary thought!

  • http://www.facebook.com/natgeo02 Neitel Agosto

    espn is lying….if this came out the way i read it…espn is lying..