‣ The Boston Celtics have hired Jeff Van Gundy as their senior consultant, splitting his time between Boston and the Maine Celtics, the team’s G-League affiliate.
‣ Van Gundy brings extensive experience as a former NBA head coach and ex-ESPN color commentator, having coached teams like the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets.
‣ He will provide an unbiased perspective and fresh set of eyes to the Celtics coaching staff, working closely with players like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
The Boston Celtics have made a significant addition to their organization by hiring former NBA head coach and ex-ESPN color commentator, Jeff Van Gundy, as their senior consultant. According to sources, Van Gundy, who is 61 years old, will be splitting his time between Boston and the Maine Celtics, the team’s G-League affiliate. With an overall coaching record of 430-318, Van Gundy brings a wealth of experience from his time with the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets.
One of Van Gundy’s notable achievements was leading the Knicks to the NBA Finals during the 1998-99 lockout season, making them the first No. 8 seed to ever reach the Finals. This feat has only been accomplished by one other team, the 2022-23 Miami Heat. Van Gundy also coached the Eastern Conference All-Stars in the 2000 NBA All-Star Game.
In addition to his coaching career, Van Gundy spent the past 16 years as a broadcaster with ESPN, announcing 16 NBA Finals. However, in June 2023, he and fellow broadcaster Mark Jackson were let go by the network in a cost-cutting move. Despite this setback, Van Gundy’s expertise and unbiased perspective will surely benefit the Celtics’ coaching staff and the entire organization.
Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla expressed his excitement about working with Van Gundy, describing him as a high-character and high-level professional. Mazzulla values Van Gundy’s unbiased opinions and fresh perspective, as he can evaluate the team’s performance and provide valuable insights. Van Gundy’s extensive coaching experience and international coaching role for Team USA further contribute to his credibility and expertise.
The addition of Van Gundy to the Celtics organization highlights their commitment to assembling a strong coaching staff. Alongside Van Gundy, the Celtics have also brought in Sam Cassell and Charles Lee. With these additions, the team aims to enhance their chances of success and compete for this season’s championship title. NBA betting sites currently favor the Celtics as the top contender, with other teams such as the Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets, and Phoenix Suns also holding strong odds.