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NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy: Oklahoma City Thunder is NBA's best team

NBA game analyst Jeff Van Gundy, a former New York Knicks and Houston Rockets coach, said he loves to call Thunder games. He will get his chance at 2:30 p.m. Sunday when the Lakers host OKC.
by Mel Bracht Published: January 24, 2013

Are you surprised the Lakers are struggling?

A lot of people were picking them over Oklahoma City (in the preseason), I never saw that because I thought they had holes of depth, of shooting, of the ability to have enough guys to fit in to roles and help others to play better, but I certainly thought they would be a top four team in the West. It hasn't worked that way. Some of it is injury and they've had a lot of injuries and most of it is they haven't controlled what they can control, which is your attitude, your effort, your passion and your unselfishness. You're sacrificing what you want for the good of the team.

Does Brooklyn Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, a former Thunder coach, deserve the job full-time?

I think he has handled a tough situation (as an interim coach) incredibly well. Because of the (Latrell) Sprewell incident, when P.J.'s name is brought up, that's where a lot of people go. I go to a guy who has been a very good basketball coach for a very long time. And certainly, if they keep playing like this, he's going to have that job and rightfully so.

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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