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Jeff Van Gundy Suggests NBA Influenced ESPN's Decision Not To Hire Brother Stan
Published October 22, 2012
SUBTRACTION BY ADDITION? In N.Y., Bob Raissman wrote ESPN’s Jon Barry “got screwed” in being replaced as co-host of “NBA Countdown” by Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons. Barry was the “best thing on ESPN’s rancid ‘NBA Countdown’ studio show.” Perhaps ESPN execs “didn’t appreciate Barry’s backbone.” Unless Rose and Simmons “find a way to put a sock in [Magic] Johnson’s mouth, ‘Countdown’ will be a show in search of yet another new cast for the 2013-14 season” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/21). But in Tampa, Tom Jones writes Simmons is “an interesting addition,” and a “good move by ESPN.” Jones: “Heck, it's a studio show. Why not think out of the box a little? Plus, Rose is superb” (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 10/22).