The Boston Celtics are making a splash this offseason, as they acquired Kristaps Porzingis as well as Jrue Holiday, and now Jeff Van Gundy will join the Celtics organization to be a senior consultant for the 2023-2024 season, according to team sources.
Known for his persona as an opinionated announcer at ESPN, Van Gundy has quite a resume and reputation in the NBA. During his career as a head coach of the Knicks and Rockets from 1996-2007, he compiled a 430-318 record and led the Knicks to a Finals appearance in 1999.
Then from 2007-23, Van Gundy appeared on air at ESPN commentating for 16 consecutive Finals, as he contributed analysis and some bold opinions alongside Mark Jackson and play-by-play announcer Mike Breen.
Now, after falling victim to the summer ESPN layoffs in June, Van Gundy will join the basketball operations department of the Celtics, as he will reportedly travel between Boston and Maine to work with the Celtics’ G-League affiliate Maine Red Claws. Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla and the rest of the coaching staff will look forward to working with Van Gundy.
“Anytime you can add high-character, professional people, I think it’s a no-brainer,” Mazzulla said at practice Saturday. “Fortunate enough that he’s here, not just for the coaching staff, but everybody.”
To mention, Jayson Tatum and Jalen Brown have been coached by Van Gundy during the 2019 FIBA World Cup. In addition, Van Gundy was the head coach for the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup Tournament, as well as the assistant coach at the 2020 Summer Olympics.