Last weekend was unusally eventful for NBA announcers. First off you had this awkward end of game tirade by New Jersey Nets play-by-play man Ian Eagle at his broadcast partner Mike Fratello for being patronizing about slip screens.
And then on Sunday afternoon during the Heat-Knicks game Jeff Van Gundy went OFF on flopping. It was a moment of heartfelt frustration from a guy who loves the game and wants to make the product better. Of course Mike Breen offered his best “dad in a Christmas sweater” rebuttal, but there was simply no stopping Van Gundy on this day.
Today is the 50th birthday of Jeff Van Gundy. The former Knicks and Rockets coach may be best remembered for his role in the famous Knicks-Heat brawl of May 1998. As Charles Oakley and Alonzo Mourning squared off, Van Gundy famously grabbed onto Mourning’s leg to prevent the fight. Van Gundy is now an analyst for ESPN’s coverage of the NBA. (Jeff Christensen/Reuters)