Former New York Knicks’ head coach Jeff Van Gundy decided to blast his own employer on Tuesday.
It safe to say that former New York Knicks’ head coach Jeff Van Gundy isn’t happy with the fact that ESPN, the company that he actually works for, is covering LaVar Ball and giving him a platform to garner the attention that he seeks.
Ball of course is the father of Los Angeles Lakers’ rokie point guard Lonzo Ball.
LaVar recently told Jeff Goodman of ESPN, that Los Angeles Lakers’ head coach Luke Walton has lost the locker room.
During an interview on Sirius XM NBA Radio on Monday, Van Gundy laid into ESPN.
“You guys want the cheap shots,” Van Gundy said, via the NY Post. “You want the hits. You want these — like you said, clicks, whatever that means.
“… It is part of the business, and it’s also a reason why this does lack journalistic integrity. It is a reason for coaches to unite and say, ‘No no, forget it, if we have to take this, then why are we giving of our time?’ It’s not like they’re going to violate any rule if they don’t participate with ESPN.”
ESPN’s coverage of Ball has clearly hit a nerve with Van Gundy, given the fact that he’s a former NBA coach and doesn’t like how LaVar is treating Walton. It will be interesting to see whether or not ESPN punishes him for being critical of their coverage of LaVar Ball.
I’m sick of the coverage of Ball myself, but the fact of the matter is that ESPN is just doing their job when it comes to covering sports. People may not like Lonzo Ball’s father, but it’s news when a pro athlete’s parent has something to say that’s newsworthy.
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