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@SpringRubber Where did I say anything about rigging games? Whether or not SVG works for ESPN has nothing to do with the quality of competition.
This isn't like a team revoking the press pass of a beat reporter they don't like. ESPN is NOT an independent news outlet. They are partners with the NBA in the production of a TV show. And the NBA didn't want Van Gundy as a part of that show.
2 years ago on Jeff Van Gundy speaks out about NBA blocking Stan Van Gundy's ESPN move
Conspiracy theories are great until you spend a solid 8 seconds thinking about them. The Hornets conspiracy sounds plausible until you realize that it hinges on Tom Benson plunking down nine figures for a team in a market that no one is sure can even support an NBA team, all on the promise of acquiring a guy that projects to be the next Marcus Camby.
But that's beside the point. I totally beleivevtat this is what happened, and the NBA has nothing to hide. Because ultimately, it doesn't matter. Coaches and draft picks? Stern influencing those things would hurt the integrity of the game. Blocking SVG from working at ESPN has absolutely nothing to do with the product on the floor.
Isn't this all a little overblown? The NBA is not Congress or the Pentagon, and ESPN is not CNN. So this idea that by smacking down SVG, we fans are somehow being denied "the whole truth" completely overestimates the importance of the league, the network and the man.
ESPN and the NBA are partners in an entertainment venture. They work together to produce NBA broadcasts, of which Countdown is a component. So the league is perfectly within their right to say, "We don't want this guy to be a part of the show."