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    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...n/6056807.html

    Van Gundy signs TV deal
    Former Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy signed a five-year contract with ESPN on Monday, a development greeted with approval by at least one of his former players.

    “That’s good for me,” Yao Ming said. “Not as many people will know how to defend me.”

    Yao said he is a fan of Van Gundy’s mix of analysis and humor, though the humor is different from when Van Gundy was Rockets coach.

    “There are two crews on TV: Charles Barkley with Kenny Smith and Jeff with Mark Jackson. Totally different,” Yao said.

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    Here is a little more on this. By the way, I think Jeff Van Gundy is excellent.


    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/colum...c-madden_N.htm


    Magic changes networks while Madden sits

    By Michael Hiestand, USA TODAY
    NBA coverage on ABC/ESPN has had plenty of on-air roster changes, particularly in its studio. Monday, the network announced another: Magic Johnson, who's been a part-time TNT studio analyst, will join ABC/ESPN's studio in the postseason — and make a regular-season cameo on a Christmas Day tripleheader.
    ABC/ESPN also announced game analyst Jeff Van Gundy was signed to a multiyear extension.

    For Johnson, the idea was to work deeper into the playoffs: "Nothing went wrong or was bad (at TNT). This is an opportunity. I wanted to work the NBA Finals" on ABC.

    And Johnson, part-owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, says that doesn't pose a conflict: "If the Lakers are stinking up the building, I'll say it."

    For Van Gundy, his extension caps a sharp rise up the TV ranks. He joined ABC/ESPN the day he was fired as coach of the Houston Rockets in 2007 and ended up working the Finals that year — and did it again last year with play-by-play announcer Mike Breen and analyst Mark Jackson. Part of Van Gundy's appeal, says ESPN executive vice president Norby Williamson, is that he sees things from "an off-beat and humorous perspective."

    Madden sits:

    For the first time in his 28 years as a full-time NFL analyst, NBC's John Madden will sit out a regular-season game — Seattle Seahawks-Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. His replacement: studio analyst Cris Collinsworth, who also calls NFL Network games.

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    Van Gundy/Jackson/Breen is one of the few three-person teams that clicks as well as a two-person team. Love 'em.

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    As opposed to Magic, I truly enjoy Van Gundy on commentary.

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    Good news.

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    The only thing that would be better than this would be if the Pacers could hire JVG as coach in a couple of seasons when he gets the itch to return to the sidelines.
    Why do the things that we treasure most, slip away in time
    Till to the music we grow deaf, to God's beauty blind
    Why do the things that connect us slowly pull us apart?
    Till we fall away in our own darkness, a stranger to our own hearts
    And life itself, rushing over me
    Life itself, the wind in black elms,
    Life itself in your heart and in your eyes, I can't make it without you


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    Quote Originally Posted by rexnom View Post
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    Van Gundy/Jackson/Breen is one of the few three-person teams that clicks as well as a two-person team. Love 'em.
    If Jackson didn't talk, I would whole heartedly agree. I know I'm in the minority, but I personally believe he's nothing short of absolutely horrible.

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    The only thing that would be better than this would be if the Pacers could hire JVG as coach in a couple of seasons when he gets the itch to return to the sidelines.
    Wholeheartedly agree.

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    Yao must think defending him is a real, deep, hard to solve mystery.

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    “People talk about how quiet he [McKey] is, but he’s really been helpful. He gives a lot of insight to players in how to guard certain teams and what their weaknesses are. The whole team listens to him, and it makes my job a lot easier. Having players like him is what pro basketball is all about for me.” —Larry Brown

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    If Jackson didn't talk, I would whole heartedly agree. I know I'm in the minority, but I personally believe he's nothing short of absolutely horrible.
    Ditto. Give him the Quinn Buckner award.

    Jax was a great point guard, though.
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    “People talk about how quiet he [McKey] is, but he’s really been helpful. He gives a lot of insight to players in how to guard certain teams and what their weaknesses are. The whole team listens to him, and it makes my job a lot easier. Having players like him is what pro basketball is all about for me.” —Larry Brown

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