Stan Van Gundy joined Dan LeBatard on the Ticket in Miami Wednesday, and at the end of the first hour (28 minute mark here), our SVG-David Stern-NBA Countdown story was read on the air. Stan Van Gundy took a deep breath and responded:
“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.”
I really don't. It is incredibly shady by the NBA and even more shady by a network that is no stranger, just not a Stan Van Gundy fan. If I do not have to hear another whiny Van Gundy rant on, am cool with that. Just my two cents. The studio show last year was a joke, but do not think adding Stan Van Gundy would make it better. Something about him really bothers me, could be his complete lack of accountability more often than not and his unique ability to throw people under the bus. Do not blame him for the Dwight Howard situation, though I felt this way about SVG long before that happened.
who honestly cares... no van gundy's commentating? good riddance, jvg always states the most obvious dumb stuff ever anyways... i dont think espn wants to add more ranting from stan...
per se but I do as a coach. A team with a larger than life vet presence could greatly gain from his understanding of basketball. Like a Duncan or Garnet. I like the way Eric Mangini breaks down some things on ESPN from a real coaches point of view. X and O stuff. Not many former coaches do that because they want to be populist or can't. I think Stan Van could do that in the booth and Jeff never does, so it would be more there than just anecdotal opinion spewed by most guys. Stan is at the least very honest which is rare in big business sports.
If I could meet 5 people, anybody in the world(presidents, popes, super models, whoever) and have a conversation with them, Bob Knight and Huby Brown would be two of them. Huby Brown brings knowledge to the booth and shares it, thats the difference from other guys. Stan seems like he would do something similar, obviously on a much smaller and less gracious scale. It could have been a train wreck also but that makes for good TV as well. I rather see Oakley or Paul Silas with Charles, Kenny and Ernie than Shaq.
ESPN have always been pu$$ies so I believe him. I remember when they cut the show Playmakers because the NFL said so. I'm not mad at them, its a botomline business but that doesn't mean people can't call it like it is, more power to Stan Van.
Aka mr bean and ron jereme
Hey Mikey...Stan saw your reply and he said "chill out...he(Stern) gone get this work"
Apparently Stan would not know much about "getting this work" currently.....