ESPN Fires Stan Van Gundy Before They Hire Him

10/11/12 in NBA   |   aaronjchung   |   264 respect

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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.
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10/16/12   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

That would have been such an amazing halftime show!

10/13/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1604 respect

David Stern is a jerk!  He vetoed the Lakers deal for Chris Paul (which in hindsight we are grateful for) but he did so because the NBA had control of New Orleans and didn't want the Lakers getting him.  As it turns out we are better off because of it.  But he is meddlesome!