So be it.
To close the book on the topic, I thought it necessary to post this direct quote from ESPN's John Skipper, the head honcho of the NBA on ESPN and all things Disney, ESPN related. I'll post w/o any filter or comment as it is attributed to Skipper and reported word-for-word after his participation in the 2012 Covington & Burling Sports Media & Technology conference held today in NYC: (credit to the Sports Business Daily):
The panel, titled “From The Top: Insights On Sports Media,” saw Skipper comment on discussions between the network and league partners with regard to on-air talent: “When we’re doing games, we of course consult with our partners. We’re licensing their product to put on our air. I will state categorically that the decision not to hire Stan Van Gundy was my decision and only my decision. We looked at a number of people to put on our studio show. I wanted to bring in Bill Simmons, which we did. Simmons had a relationship with Jalen Rose. We brought Stan Van Gundy in to audition. He did very well. We did proceed with a discussion with him about potentially hiring him and then I decided not to. The only time I had a discussion with David [Stern] was when I told him, ‘This is what we’re going to do.’”