Stern: Didn’t block Stan Van Gundy to ESPN
by Reid Cherner, USA TODAY
Stan Van Gundy says it is so. Jeff Van Gundy says it is so. David Stern says there is not truth to it.
The brothers VG say that the NBA kept Stan from getting a job at ESPN.
The commissioner just isn’t buying it.
“The answer to your question is no,” Stern told reporters when asked about whether he lowered the hammer. “I’m going to add one other thing. I take great pride in expanding the opportunities of our coaches and former coaches. It gives me pride when I see a Mike Fratello or a Jack Ramsay or that transition of Jeff Van Gundy, guys who worked as coaches finding good jobs in broadcasting as well. When they make the jump back, whether it’s Doug Collins or Doc Rivers or Kevin McHale, that makes me happy too. I’m happy for all of our coaches who are members of the family. But it’s still the same answer, which is a firm no.”
(Thanks to Sean Deveney of Sporting News for the assist)