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Former NBA head coach and current broadcaster Stan Van Gundy joins Vincent Goodwill for a look back at the Eastern Conference Finals, NBA Finals preview and discussion of teams changing coaches -heads.
Stan Van Gundy, who just called Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals on TNT, joins Vincent Goodwill for a look back at the series and some comparisons between himself and the rookie Boston head coach Celtics, Joe Mazzulla.
After that, the guys enter a preview of the NBA Finals, where Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat will once again try to win a playoff series where they are the underdogs against a team with a lot more talent on the roster. Stan explains how he thinks Erik Spoelstra will try to limit Nikola Jokic and what he would say to his defense if they faced Jimmy Butler.
Tyler Herro, who has been cleared for basketball activities but has yet to return to play, is one more card the Heat have in their back pocket should they decide they need him. Stan played a similar card, bringing Jameer Nelson back for the 2009 NBA Finals, and he explains what that decision process was like.
As a coach who has lost his job more than once, Stan has some thoughts on an offseason that saw some of the league’s most successful coaches fired by teams they’d turned on or won games with. championships. He thinks it’s crazy, he doesn’t get it, and he’s using the 76ers hiring Nick Nurse to replace Doc Rivers as a starting point for why changing coaches doesn’t change much for your team.
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