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Stan Van Gundy doesn’t buy ESPN’s reason for not hiring him

Oct 11, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

Stan Van Gundy AP

The rumor was out there — Stan Van Gundy was going to join ESPN’s pregame studio show. Basketball fans were excited because that show lacked something — maybe a loose-cannon former coach — and Van Gundy along with ESPN’s online force Bill Simmons would help that show immensely.

But then it fell apart. Reports surface that David Stern stepped in and killed itESPN’s official response was the two sides “differed on potential assignments and we moved in another direction.”

Van Gundy says that is a load of… fertilizer. He was on with Dan LeBatard on the Ticket in Miami and didn’t hold back (thanks to The Big Lead for transcribing).

“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.”“

And really, what kind of Stan Van Gundy rant would it be if David Stern’s power were not questioned?

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.

Not sure that is helping SVG get a television gig in the future. But man am I going to miss him on the sidelines.

  1. raidmagic - Oct 11, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    Is it too late to bring him back to Orlando? Gonna miss that guy

  2. phx1311 - Oct 11, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    Speaking the truth should not be seen as a liability. SVG will be just fine.

    • eerock41 - Oct 11, 2012 at 8:46 AM

      Cant fine a man that does not work for the NBA. Stan is finally free to say what ever he wants too about the commish, and i for one would like to hear it.

  3. dysraw1 - Oct 11, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    that bridge burned a long time ago

  4. southbeachtalent - Oct 11, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Heard the whole interview, the guy is great-no holds barred. He also had Popovich on, that dude is funny!

  5. james2111 - Oct 11, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    I can’t wait for David Stern to get out of the league. At this point I would take Howard stern over him!!

    • money2long - Oct 11, 2012 at 10:15 AM

      well, i dunno how much that would solve. next in line to replace stern would probably be “one of sterns little minions” as SVG so eloquently named them in the past.

  6. gugurich - Oct 11, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Man, so he’s not going to be on ESPN? I was going to start watching their pre/post-game shows because of him. Oh well.

    I love how he calls out ESPN for paying hundreds of millions of dollars to be Stern’s puppet. I’m lost to think what threats Stern could’ve wielded. It’s not like the NBA would ever sever ties with the self-proclaimed World Wide Leader.

    • zerole00 - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:23 AM

      I agree, I think the threat has always been “another station could out-bid you” but let’s be honest here. Not being on ESPN would hurt the NBA brand and there’s no way Stern would go for it. Stern’s wielding an empty bluff, but it’s still not one ESPN wants to call.

  7. 16x8equal49ers - Oct 11, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    This guy needs his own sports talk radio show on Sirius, so he can speak his mind & be controversial.

  8. jeffw - Oct 11, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    TNT needs to hire this guy. Pronto!

    • reupjosh - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      YES!!! Replace Shaq for Stan!!!!

  9. sabatimus - Oct 11, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    ESPN hasn’t had any balls since Kenny Mayne was a regular anchor on SportsCenter.

  10. controlledchaos123 - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    SVG is a good NBA coach and it’s a damn shame what happened to him in Orlando. He’s a bit outspoken compared to most, but he’s not out there saying inflammatory comments to draw attention to himself. He’s simply not afraid to speak his mind and be honest about how he feels about situations, which is exactly what would make him an engaging personality on ESPN’s NBA broadcasts. Big mistake not hiring this guy as a commentator.

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