NBC hires Stan Van Gundy as television analyst and Radio contributor
In what appears to be an on-air tryout, Stan Van Gundy will be working NBC Sports Network’s coverage for the inaugural Navy-Marine Corps Classic college basketball game between Georgetown Hoyas and No.10 seed Florida Gators on Friday 9th November.
“It will be a night of firsts as we launch the college basketball season with this inaugural event and the debut of Stan in a national-television booth,” stated Senior Vice President Production and Senior Coordinating Producer for NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network, Dan Steir.
After 31-years of coaching experience, with 15 years of those years served as a college coach, I’d say Stan Van Gundy brings a lot of knowledge to his television debut as a basketball analyst. And Stan Van Gundy knows how to spot talent.
“After 31 years as a coach, I’m thrilled to begin my media career with the NBC Sports Group,” said Van Gundy. “It’s a privilege that my first event will be the Navy-Marine Corps Classic, which benefits Veterans and features two college basketball powerhouses.”
Stan Van Gundy amassed a 135-92 (.595) record during the eight-year period he coached Wisconsin, with one of those as a head coach, before leaving for NBA in 1995. After eight years as an assistant coach, Stan Van Gundy spent 2003-2005 as head coach of Miami Heat and the last five years of his coaching career with the Orlando Magic, leading them to the 2009 NBA finals.
“When you talk and listen to Stan he just oozes so much candid opinion, knowledge and passion for the game of basketball,” said Dan Steir.
The college game will provide a unique experience since its is being held aboard the USS Bataan, docked at Mayport Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla.
“I think it’ll be a lot of fun being up there and with all the servicemen around. I just think it’s going to be a blast,” expressed Stan Van Gundy. “Plus, you’ve got two good teams and two good coaches.”
Stan Van Gundy will also feature as a regular contributor to the NBC Sports Radio Network. The 64-year-old Stan Van Gundy’s work with NBC Sports Radio Network will initially require him to call-in for guest segments on various programs, discussing everything basketball and NBA progress. However, starting 2013, Stan Van Gundy will guest host Fridays for one of NBC Sports Radio’s nationally broadcasted shows.
“The best part is that this new relationship allows me to gush about basketball on both television and radio,” said Stan Van Gundy. “I’m excited to get started.”
Stan Van Gundy’s known for speaking his mind and harbors a stressful relationship with the NBA Commissioner David Stern. Back when ESPN was on the brink of hiring Stan Van Gundy and suddenly backed off, his brother Jeff Van Gundy who is a monumental basketball analyst with the network accused David Stern of blocking the deal. However, David Stern strongly rejected those allegations.
Now Stan Van Gundy could be out for some pay back. Stan Van Gundy has been a long-time David Stern critic and could provide some hilarious quotes that might be widely referenced across the league offices.