ABC's Jeff Van Gundy: NBA Finals more than Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James

Jeff Van Gundy, ABC's lead NBA analyst and a former NBA coach, talked about the NBA Finals and his career during a media conference call Wednesday.
by Mel Bracht Published: June 11, 2012

Have you missed coaching?

Well, I do miss coaching particularly the competition and camaraderie. I think it's hard to have coached that long and not miss those two elements in particular. I think it's not a job; it's a lifestyle, because you're so entrenched and your schedule is completely dictated by the schedule of the NBA. And in that way, I do miss it.

How do you rate your performance as an NBA analyst?

As far as grading myself, I really don't think about it like that. I just try to do the best I can. If Mark (Gross, ESPN senior vice president) doesn't fire me after a game and I get to do another one, then I'm doing fine. I sort of let others critique and understand that they have a job. Some will like you, some you'll annoy, and others will down right detest the sound of your voice. But (I'm) just trying to do the best I can and be as fair as possible.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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