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Stan Van Gundy excited about TV gig
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On November 1, 2012 @ 8:00 pm In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Michael Hiestand, USA TODAY
Stan Van Gundy will have an on-air broadcasting gig this season after all — with NBC.
And in becoming a TV rookie after 31 years of coaching, Van Gundy told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday, “We’ll see if I’m any good.”
The NBC Sports Network cable channel will use Van Gundy, fired this year by the NBA’s Orlando Magic, on its Nov. 9 Georgetown-Florida college basketball game as a sort of tryout. (It will come in a novel setting: The game will be played on the USS Bataan, which is docked in Jacksonville, Fla.) And starting in January, Van Gundy will become a regular NBA contributor to new NBC Sports Radio syndicated programming.
Van Gundy has said that the NBA blocked him from getting an on-air job at ESPN. Thursday, Van Gundy said he wasn’t the least surprised that his brother Jeff Van Gundy, ESPN/ABC lead NBA analyst, publicly stood up for him even when the dispute involved Jeff’s employer. Says Stan: “Was I surprised about Jeff backing me up? Never. We’ve backed each other up our entire lives.”
Now, Stan says Jeff has advised him to “be yourself and stay relaxed and talk about what you see on the court.” As to whether his NBCSN tryout will lead to more TV games, Stan Van Gundy says “we”ll see what happens after that. I’m excited to do it. We’ll see on both sides.”
NBCSN, in desperate need of sizzle that would sear itself into more viewers’ brains, should add more edgy voices such as Van Gundy. And it sounds like the fledgling cable channel, despite its tiny ratings, won’t have to worry about losing him to ESPN. “I’ve decided on another direction,” Van Gundy says. “I’m excited about moving into a new career at NBC.”
Obama-Romney sports talk: After trying to land Mitt Romney and Barack Obama for ESPN2/ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in the Morning on Friday, the show might have the candidates Monday or Tuesday. One last-minute change: The Romney campaign, says ESPN vice president Vince Doria, is offering vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan rather than Romney.
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