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Stan Van Gundy back to TNT

After leaving the booth to coach the Pelicans for one season, Stan Van Gundy is returning to TNT, according to sources. The 61-year-old will look to build on his rookie season as an in-game analyst in 2019-20, during which he shined – particularly when teamed with Ian Eagle. Van Gundy also will appear on NBA TV as a studio analyst.
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At the end of last season, the 80-year-old Albert retired and Webber walked away before the playoffs. TNT is now TBD on how it will replace the duo. Turner may not anoint anyone to the No. 1 spot this season and instead could go by a committee consisting of Eagle, Kevin Harlan and Brian Anderson.
The Nets had gone 26-56 the year before, prompting GM Rod Thorn to make arguably the greatest trade in franchise history, sending Stephon Marbury to the Suns in exchange for Kidd. Even so, it wasn’t like anyone was predicting an NBA finals run — let alone back-to-back NBA finals runs — at the time for the Knicks’ little brother. And there wasn’t exactly any buzz in the building for the opener against the Indiana Pacers. “I think it was a wakeup moment for Jason,” Eagle said. “A humbling way to start the next chapter of his career. He was used to playing in front of large, boisterous crowds in Phoenix, and this was a somber moment of what playing in New Jersey was going to be.”
“I think Kevin brings some of what Kidd brought, which was a very quiet confidence of ‘I’ll show you,’” said Eagle, who will also call Durant’s debut on YES Network. “And I know he and Kyrie definitely look at this as a legacy-type situation where they can put their stamp on the franchise – and that goes against conventional thinking. Because for many years, the thought was always if you come to New York and win a ring for the Knicks, it’s all about setting this standard and creating these lasting memories. But the reality is they decided to do it a different way.”
Kevin Harlan and Reggie Miller, who were ubiquitous on TNT seeding games, were given the first round off so they wouldn’t need to spend two consecutive months in the bubble. They’ll be back for later rounds. We’ll miss Harlan’s exuberant call in the first round. Ian Eagle, who teamed with Stan Van Gundy on TNT seeding games, is unavailable to Turner during the first round because he’s also the TV voice of the Brooklyn Nets, who play Toronto in the first round.
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