Stan Van Gundy Rumors
The game between the New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers will also be the first time the Van Gundy brothers have been on the same broadcast. Jeff Van Gundy has been with ESPN since the 2007 NBA Finals while this is Stan’s first year with the network after a recent stint as coach and president of basketball operations for the Detroit Pistons.
“The network mentioned in early January that they were going to schedule it,” Jeff Van Gundy said. “I think it will be fun.” He said play-by-play announcer Dave Pasch “will keep us in line and use his trademark saying ‘now back to the game’ if things get out of hand.”
Ira Winderman: Monday will mark Erik Spoelstra’s 849th regular-season game as Heat coach, tying Pat Riley’s franchise record. Third on the list is Kevin Loughery, with 292 regular-season Heat games coached, followed by Ron Rothstein (246) Stan Van Gundy (185) and Alvin Gentry (36).
Griffin left the facility to pick up his kids, and on the drive home, the friend texted that the deal was on the 1-yard line. He should expect a call from Pistons coach and president Stan Van Gundy shortly. Griffin promptly texted Goldfeder with the news and 10 minutes later received a call from Frank and one from Clippers coach Doc Rivers 10 minutes after that. Griffin declined to answer either call, as well as one later from Clippers owner Steve Ballmer. He has not spoken to any of the Clippers’ principals since leaving.
The prospect of Sarver moving the Suns out of Phoenix has already seemed to backfire for Sarver. Instead of being taken seriously, ESPN’s The Jump turned Thursday’s Suns segment into a public roasting of Sarver with Van Gundy bringing the heat. Van Gundy said: “The question isn’t are Seattle and Las Vegas realistic options for the Suns. The question is when’s Robert Sarver gonna bring an NBA team to Phoenix?”
It was Stan Van Gundy’s last gambit as coach/president last season, and Griffin has found the environment to be refreshing from the top down — either that or it’s the brisk Detroit air hitting Griffin on the way out of Little Caesars Arena. “You see the organization, not just the coaches, but everybody to marketing to PR to assistants, you see how professional they are and how much they care, and how first class everything is,” Griffin said. “For me, it’s a long way of saying I don’t even feel like it’s that situation [with the Clippers], but I do like coming to this team and having the challenge of getting us back to that place.”