Jeff Van Gundy Rumors
However, the network’s lead analyst doesn’t think his employer will get what it wants. “I don’t think the Warriors will be challenged,” Van Gundy said. “I think they’ll be in the same situation as last year, up 3-1 coming home. In my time in the NBA, this is the biggest talent differential between the best team and the second best team. No disrespect to Cleveland, but I just think the Warriors are at a different level.”
Mark Jackson has signed a multiyear deal with ESPN to continue calling NBA games, including the NBA Finals. Jackson and partners Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy will work the finals in June for the eighth time, extending their own record for a TV team.
Although Ewing’s supporters are thrilled to see him get his chance, there is something bittersweet about the way it all happened. Those who worked with Ewing, such as Jeff Van Gundy, say he deserved this shot long ago and that he deserved it in the NBA. The fact that he didn’t get it might boil down to prejudice and misunderstanding, boil down to the fact that Ewing is both African-American and 7 feet tall. “I don’t think it’s unfair to say (racism played a part),” Van Gundy said in a phone interview Wednesday. “Certainly, I think there’s some size bias involved. I think back when he played some of the things that were allowed, the signs, what was said. Even when I coached in the NBA, there were some columns written that were racially tinged in all areas. I mean, I think it’s a combination of things.”