Jeff Van Gundy made it clear this past week how he feels about the NBA rushing to open the season on Christmas – calling it a “huge mistake’’ and a “money grab.’’
But that will not stop the ESPN analyst from working overtime on the holiday. Van Gundy and play-by-play man Mike Breen are to call the Heat-Mavericks game in Dallas starting at 2:30, then fly to California for Clippers-Warriors at 10:30.
The reason – other than to generate cheap publicity via items such as this one – is the head coaching debut with the Warriors of their old partner, Mark Jackson.
“I thought they were kidding at first,’’ Breen said, but he added the lockout indirectly made it possible.
Based on the original NBA schedule, Breen and Van Gundy surely would have been in New York for Heat-Knicks on opening night and unable to be there for Jackson.
Van Gundy said he doubted Jackson would be focused on the broadcasters at game time.
“I don’t think he’ll be too sentimental when Blake Griffin is staring at him at the other end,’’ he said, days before it became even more true when the Clips added Chris Paul.