The story of Stan Van Gundy's almost-employment with ESPN has been one of the most remarkable sports media stories flying under the radar this year. Initial reports from TBL were that Stan Van was ready to join ESPN's NBA Countdown until NBA Emperor David Stern stepped in and put the kibosh on his hiring because of SVG's outspokenness criticizing Stern and the association. That led to SVG blasting ESPN for lying about pulling their offer and another uneasy situation with a league pulling the strings on what their network partners can and can't do.
Caught in the middle is ESPN's top NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy, who as you may know also happens to be Stan's brother. What would JVG have to say about the NBA, the league he covers, blocking the move of his brother to the network he works for? As you'd expect, JVG didn't pull any punches in speaking with USA Today about his shock over what happened and the impact it has on his own job in telling the truth when covering the NBA...no comments