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John Lombardo

Staff writer John Lombardo covers basketball and the Arena Football League.

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Ultimate insiders

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 10 / 16 / 17

Stan and Jeff Van Gundy make up the most unlikely power duo in the NBA. Neither of the basketball lifers has the look of a typical basketball power broker. One is known for his rumpled suits and off-the-cuff manner; the other is a balding 55-year-old with an acerbic wit. NBA season previe...

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Tags: In-Depth, NBA Season Preview

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