Stan Van Gundy is a hit.
The former 12-year head mentor was highlighted alongside participate in-by-participate in man Ian Eagle in the NBA’s return to motion among the Pelicans and Nuggets Thursday night.
And as a hoops-hungry country tuned in, Van Gundy received rave opinions.
“Stan Van Gundy is regularly dropping knowledge on this broadcast,” Kevin O’Connor, an NBA analyst for The Ringer, tweeted. “Really a satisfaction to pay attention to him and Ian Eagle. Superior-level announcer combo.”
Van Gundy agreed to a multi-year offer to develop into a recreation analyst with “NBA on TNT” prior to the 2019-20 period. He formerly labored as a studio analyst with ESPN. The previous Magic and Pistons head mentor experienced known as many video games with Eagle right before the coronavirus pandemic shut the activity down.
“Stan Van Gundy is freaking awesome as a coloration person,” The Athletic basketball writer Sam Vecenie tweeted. “Immediately catches all the things in conditions of defensive breakdowns. Opinionated but backs it up. This has been great so much.”
Van Gundy has also just lately joined Twitter, and had squandered no time in commenting on the increasing social justice actions throughout the nation. That did not modify Thursday, when he spelled out the significance of NBA players kneeling in the course of the national anthem to protest law enforcement brutality and racial inequality.
“Stan Van Gundy did something I felt NFL announcers did not do when [Colin] Kaepernick was kneeling: He discussed it to the crowd,” Yahoo NBA author Vincent Goodwill tweeted.” Not absolutely sure it would’ve mattered in 2016 but there was silence by dwell networks.”