It was originally reported that Stan Van Gundy would be joining the ESPN halftime show along with Bill Simmons, however, there are reports that David Stern may be preventing this from happening.
The official response that ESPN gave was that the two sides “differed on potential assignments and we moved in another direction.”
Stan Van Gundy believes that the explanation that was given to him was unacceptable.
SVG recently told Dan LeBatard that, “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. 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.”
As of now, the halftime show is composed of 3 people – Mike Wilbon, Magic Johnson, and Bill Simmons. The fourth chair, however, now remains empty.