Former Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy hasn’t seen an NBA bench since the end of the 2011-2012 season. However, he is still a recognizable name in the industry, and that (along with applicable knowledge) has reportedly netted him a new gig.
ESPN has also reached an agreement with Stan Van Gundy to join ESPN Radio’s NBA coverage team. He’ll do 10 games.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) October 29, 2013
For me, the NBA is unquestionably better with Stan Van Gundy involved, and this is fantastic news. It is only a 10-game sample for “SVG” on the radio, but you’d have to imagine that with time, that role can grow if he elects to take on more. Additionally, I can’t think of many names that would be better suited to both entertain (remember his Orlando press conferences?) and inform (he is an excellent tactician) than Van Gundy.
Because we’ve seen so much of his personality through the media, it’s easy to foresee what kind of broadcaster that Van Gundy can/will become. His brother, Jeff, has been (by most accounts) excellent in his work with ABC and ESPN, and hopefully, the Worldwide Leader has added another excellent member of that family to their stable of analysts.