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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 at 10:01 am  |  38 responses

Guess Who Jeff Van Gundy is Cheering for in Finals

by Marcel Mutoni

Jeff Van Gundy will be part of the broadcast team bringing the NBA Finals to millions of viewers over the next couple of weeks. And unlike most people on television, who pretend not to care who wins the game, JVG has made his allegiance in this pivotal matchup loud and clear.

In the Van Gundy home, they call it family loyalty. From Newsday:

“I’m going to try to be as objective as possible,” he said, “but I want my brother’s team to win; there’s no question about that.”

When Stan Van Gundy’s Magic took a 2-1 series lead over the Cavaliers, his younger brother discussed the looming potential conflict with his coordinating producer, Tim Corrigan.

“I said, ‘Hey, listen, if you guys don’t think it’s best for me to call the Finals, I’m fine with that, and I understand,’’’ he said. “I don’t want to compromise anything. They said they wanted me to do it.’’

The NBA is currently enjoying some record-breaking ratings, and according to some in the media, JVG’s rooting interests might drive the ratings even higher.

I have no issue with this. Van Gundy can cheer for the Magic all he wants. After all, a guy who owns part of the Lakers is in charge of providing analysis—or at least trying to—for Jeff’s network during breaks in the action.

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  • http://mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    Hey it’s not like it’s going to affect the outcome of the games… OR IS IT?

  • http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/.a/6a00d83451c3cb69e201156fbef83c970c-pi ENDS

    bum bum BaAAAAM!

  • Kas

    Jeff is the younger brother?

  • http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/.a/6a00d83451c3cb69e201156fbef83c970c-pi ENDS

    If My Brother was gonna be playing/Coaching for a Ring, I’d make my allegiance known too. I hope we get to see a moment where the VG Share a Joe Torre Like moment. Its Disney People these things can be drawn up any better

  • http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/.a/6a00d83451c3cb69e201156fbef83c970c-pi ENDS

    I’ve Never Been Sure. He Looks Younger but he is the first Bald one so who knows

  • AlbertBarr

    They dont look like brothers, always been weird to me…I just hope SVG never becomes a commentator…I would go crazy listening to him all game.

  • Ken

    SVG couldn’t possibly be a worse commentator than Reggie.

  • JoeMaMa

    cosign ken.
    How can someone so clutch be such a dork??

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    JVG didn’t even watch the series clinching game, he was at a Rice baseball game instead…that’s how sure he was they were going to win…or lose?

  • Seven Duece

    Hell if he didn’t root for his brother, I’d slap him myself!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    RV, JVG doesn’t watch ANY of Stan’s game, he can’t handle it. The ESPN crew actually joked while here in Denver about how Jeff takes walks around the city they are in, during the Magic games.

    JVG is an honest dude, to be sure.

  • al

    brockport , Rochester ny represent!!

  • http://www.sprint.com/pre dma

    wait.. who owns part of the lakers? talking about magic? who cares about him!

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    as far as im concerned, both teams could lose.

  • Tenorca

    If he can’t watch his brother on TV, how’s he going to handle being courtside? I hope his brain doesn’t start bleeding.

  • http://slamonline.com Jacob J

    GO JEFF!!!! Magic are winning it all!!!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Cub, i’ve heard that before and completely forgot about it, it would probably kill him if Stan made a coaching mistake

  • http://http//www.youtube.com The Promise

    Magic in 6. Thats what I’m feelin.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    wasn’t JVG the one who said the Lakers can be a dynasty last year when they grabbed Gasol out of thin air?

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Magic is trying to speak at a adult level with the motor skills of a 10 year old. He thinks he’s being “cutting edge” by rooting against the Lakers. Magic, please one yourself from the analyst profession.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/users/42594-Hoops4life- Overtime

    I think hes professional enough to not let it affect his commentating…don’t think anyones going to ask him to hide who hes rooting for

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    GO MAGIC!!
    they have magic, and everything he says is always about the lakers.
    so why cant we have someone going for the magic on tv?

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    GO MAGIC!!
    they have magic johnson, and everything he says is always about the lakers.
    so why cant we have someone going for the magic on tv?

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    GO MAGIC!!
    they have magic johnson, and everything he says is always about the lakers.
    so why cant we have someone going for the magic on tv?

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic Fredd

    Superb 3 pt by Nate

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    JoeMaMa, ask yourself that question. Well, minus the clutch part…

  • Jackie Moon

    Obama: “Lakers in six, I think”. Google it. News.

  • aotearaw

    JVG = All Class

  • Nickthequick

    I thought I was the only one who cringes when Reggie has a “smart” idea, when they show his lame Blackberry commercials or when he reads one of his made-up Reggie’s mailbag questions..

  • GOD

    Obama can blow me, for that and a host of other reasons.

  • http://june7thdonald@netzero.com donlaker

    they dont look like brothers,, and van gundy said
    the rockets would win it all,, and im sure mark jackson will put his foot in his mouth (im done with the lakers they dont defend)so big van gundy is coaching vs phil the zen …. i cant wait

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com Dacre

    Go zen.

  • http://www.clutchfans.net nick

    I saw JVG the day after the game 7 40 point blowout loss to the mavericks. He looked like one of the backup dancers in the thriller video. I ran into him in a flower shop, getting flowers for mothers day. The man is a class act.

  • http://gimmeablog415.wordpress.com/ Harold Oigfh

    Thats pretty darn cool

  • chazz michael michaels

    we talking bout practice?!

  • chazz michael michaels

    we talking bout practice?!

  • TWANA

    skinny VAN Gundy is a bias b!#$%

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