Posted October 11, 2012

Stan Van Gundy rips ESPN in interview

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Stan Van Gundy

Stan Van Gundy criticized ESPN for statements on why he was not hired to join the NBA countdown team. (Doug Pensinger, Getty Images)

Former Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy has come out firing against ESPN, the network that not long ago could have been his new employer.

Speaking to Dan LeBatard on The Ticket in Miami, Van Gundy was read a story from The Big Lead that ran this morning. The story cites unnamed sources that said NBA commissioner David Stern personall forbade ESPN from hiring Van Gundy to join the cast of their NBA Countdown pregame show for the upcoming season. In the story, an ESPN spokesman said that while Van Gundy was offered the position, the offer was rescinded after the two parties could not come to an agreement on assignments.

Van Gundy, who has butted heads with Stern in the past, didn’t take too kindly to the news, or ESPN’s statement denying it.

The full statement, as transcribed by The Big Lead, is below.

“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.”

 


11 comments
tenlilangels
tenlilangels

Another in a long line of reasons why NBA is now on par w/ WWF.

JulesG
JulesG

I am not sure how this alludes to the games being fixed and pre-determined. Does the league pay money in the same way the music industry pays radio stations for certain artists to get pay or lobbyists fund politicians to push agendas...sure. But for what it's worth, if the games were fixed, teams like the Spurs and Rockets wouldn't have won so many championships under Stern's watch. I believe they try and be the INFLUENCE to what refs calls to push for certain outcomes, but to say the games are totally fixed is groundless and also something the PLAYERS would have to be involved in to make completely true. When key players are going 1-20 in games and doing extremely uncharacteristic things, then maybe I could see a connection. But I think the situation is just that the NBA prefers certain marketing and uses money to pressure refs and Media to push their agendas. Not "fix" anything. The best outcome of a fixed league would be Lakers winning all championships until Lebron was drafted, then Cleveland would have a few, then Miami. Dallas would NOT have won...etc, etc. You have to at least give credit to these players for being the best in the World and actually competing before we just throw it all to the fire.

RobertM
RobertM

He would've brought clarity to the analysis. He would've been colorful. This leads me to believe that games are fixed too and the the lottery is fixed. ESPN is very stupid to be letting that go down that way. Stern needs them more than they need him. They have all of the sports fans. They ARE the cable tv market. Amazing.

JohnThornton
JohnThornton

Why is Van Gundy surprised at this? Didn't he ever watch "Playmakers"?

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

Something is really fishy here. It wouldn't surprise me if Stern blocked ESPN from hiring him. Sometimes I wish I were Van Gundy and could tell it like it is without any repercussions. I do like watching pro basketball, but there are times I do wonder if some things about it are fixed, like letting the stars get away with fouls and traveling in the lane, some can yell at the refs and get away with it, while others would get T'd up and tossed from the game. I don't care what anyone says and they can deny it until they're blue in the face, but I think that NBA draft lottery is fixed. There have been too many coincidences in the last 30 years. 

AlanSchein
AlanSchein

Van Gundy is a straight up guy.  He knows the NBA games are fixed....that the NBA office tells the offoicals how to call games....alll so the league can get the teams into the playoffs who will draw the highest ratings.  At  least in Pro-Wrestling there's no pretense of it being fiar.  it's all abput providing entertainment.  The NBA is much more devious and deceitful in promoting  the notion that every team has a chance to win...and that the refs are unbiased  (see Tim Donaghy).  The league has always made sure they got the teams they wanted...who will draw the highest revenue...to advance to the finals.  Stern and his hencmen belong in prison for fraud and game fixing.  they can't afford to have a guy like Van Gundy...with his first hand knowledge of game fixing....working for the biggest sports network inn the country.  The NBA's dirty little secrets might be revealed to the viewing public.

GaryGuillermo
GaryGuillermo

Too bad.  He might of been likeable.  I don't know.  The big fish always win.  He's not gonna go hungry.

BlakeBradley
BlakeBradley like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

So you think they are in the NBA's pocket, but you were fine with that as long as they paid you? Kind of a double standard don't you think? I do like Stan Van Gundy though, and agree that ESPN wouldn't have put up with him not being willing to suck up to Dwight Howard who is the biggest fraud in NBA history.

godfather
godfather like.author.displayName 1 Like

integrity that's too loud and clear for the stern/espn muzzle...not surprising, from a guy whose character stood taller than superman's, awhile back 

jinxxy
jinxxy like.author.displayName 1 Like

Come coach for the Wizards. We'll take you.