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Thursday, October 11th, 2012 at 9:20 am  |  14 responses

Stan Van Gundy is Very Angry With ESPN


Former Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy says that he was close to landing a TV gig over at ESPN, before the network suddenly changed their mind. SVG ripped into the mammoth corporation during a sports radio interview, and accused the NBA of dictating some of the decision-making in Bristol. From TBL: “No one at ESPN will tell us what happened. Certainly the NBA office isn’t going to tell us what happened. One of the quotes from ESPN in there – we had discussions, but couldn’t agree on a role … as is usual, that’s a bunch of BS from ESPN. We actually did agree on a role, but then they came back and pulled that. That’s when we knew something was up. Nobody is going to give a straight answer because … that’s just the way a lot of people operate … nobody there has the guts to say anything, so that’s what you deal with. What I find fascinating … you have to give David Stern and the NBA a lot of credit … ESPN pays the league, and then the league tells them what to do. It’s more ESPN’s problem. You gotta have no balls whatsoever to pay someone hundreds of millions of dollars and let them run your business. Just say what happened. Who cares? Who cares if I’m on there or not. Just come out and say this is what we decided and why … [ESPN's quote] that’s just a flat out lie. Why would you do that? I don’t understand. We agreed on something, you changed your mind and pulled the offer. Don’t say we couldn’t come to an agreement. We did.”

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  • shutup

    Sux for SVG, if he’s half as good as his brother as a commentator ESPN is missing out.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Gotta love Stan not caring at all about the fact that his brother is employed by ESPN. I would rather have him not at ESPN so that we can get more comments like this from him.

  • daBIZ

    Outbursts like these is, more that likely, the reason ESPN/NBA doesn’t want him on the air. SVG is emotional, man! And that’s OK; it’s understandable. I’d just like him to keep his emotions to himself and play it cool. He could’ve kept his mouth shut and been hired later this season.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    I wouldn’t call him emotional. He’s just completely honest. I doubt that he’s really hurting for money. After this season, I’m sure he’ll be coaching again because he’s a good coach. He has nothing to lose by expressing himself.

  • anon

    all hail david stern the benevolent dictator! may he live forever!

  • Dymez

    ESPN dropped the ball on this one; Stan Van is one entertaining dude. I can just imagine one of those ESPN bus commercials with Mike Breen, Jon Barry, Jeff and Stan in it, it would be pure comedy. Turner Sports may give him a job, but I’d rather see him coaching.

  • Dymez

    ESPN dropped the ball on this one; Stan Van is one entertaining dude. I can just imagine one of those ESPN bus commercials with Mike Breen, Jon Barry, Jeff and Stan in it, it would be pure comedy. Turner Sports may give him a job, but I’d rather see him coaching.

  • only4pets

    TNT Pickup Stan Van Gundy

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Can we get a Dwight Howard video with him prank calling SVG about this? LOL
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1mtFaJhyHk

  • pposse

    does this jeapordize jeff van gundy’s relationship with ESPN?

  • Conor

    This could provide some transparency into the N.B.A.’s offices.

    Regarding executive-executive, player-executive, coach/officer-executive conduct, we don’t usually have the opportunity to hear frank descriptions of it [The Last Season, by Phil Jackson & Bill Simmons' The Book of Basketball are good records of the League's history].

    While they are scribes, at heart, Van Gundy will be more of an orator of what the League is: both regarding culture, & business.

    Hopefully he’s able to minimize tangents & speak with similar skill to Kenny Smith, Brent Barry, Stephen A. Smith, Kevin Harlan, and (occasionally) Barkley.

    Of all analysts, Doug Collins was probably the closest to Chick Hearn(though his Olympic broadcasting was sub-par), imo.

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

    SVG seems like he’ll say some funny things

  • Ugh

    All he wanted was a Pepsi.

  • eric grohoske

    What, ESPN not having any balls, I am shocked, ESPN SUCKS a big fat infected one, I am so sick of their BS, ESPN these nuts, the next time something evil happens, I hope its at their HQ and poof, they are gone, someone please develop a new and better unbiased sports network.

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