Jeff Van Gundy is one of the most iconic NBA analysts on TV. He makes amazing calls and when he is making the calls in a live game, one thing is certain - you will not get bored.
The 59-year-old once made Mike Breen speechless on air during a game between the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs back in 2018. The ESPN commentator asked out of the blue about second cousins. The conversation between the two commentators went like this.
Van Gundy: "What does second cousins mean?"
Breen: "Well, it's not, it's not, I can't, I don't wanna get into this."
Van Gundy: "Alright just when people say it, I never know what they mean or what you are allowed to do when you are a second cousin."
Breen: "What are you talking about?"
Van Gundy: "I don't know what a second cousin means."
Breen: "I am so grateful for this commercial right now."
Well, this has to be one of the weirdest things ever being said on live television, at least from an NBA point of view.
For those who are clueless about what a second cousin means just like Jeff Van Gundy, well second cousins are the children of your parents' first cousins. So in short, they are still related by blood.
Hopefully, this clears up this confusion. Moments like this, when commentators go off script, are one of the reasons why fans love the NBA. Never change Jeff Van Gundy.
Because before getting into his current profession, Van Gundy tried his luck as an NBA coach. He handled the coaching responsibilities for the New York Knicks and the Houston Rockets in his 11 years long career as an NBA head coach.
He coached a total of 748 games, winning 430 times. That's neither too amazing nor too bad as he had a winning percentage of 57.5%.
As for the accolades earned during that time, he led the New York Knicks to an Eastern Conference title once and that's pretty much it for him.
Van Gundy retired from coaching in 2007 and has been a part of ESPN's press room ever since.