“Basketball fans in America are applauding the three-man booth so they don’t have to listen to my inane rants,” Van Gundy said. “And believe me, no one is upset, myself included, that I do less talking.”
Jackson said the friendly interaction between the two comes across as though they are sitting together at a restaurant, instead of courtside.
“We’re going to grab different topics, we’re going to have different opinions, we’re going to be honestly and respectfully agree or disagree, and it’s going to be entertaining.”
The pair are looking forward to calling the NBA Finals, which begin at 8 p.m. Thursday in San Antonio.
Van Gundy noted Spurs guard Tony Parker’s health might determine the outcome.
“If he’s healthy, obviously, the Spurs have a great opportunity. If he’s hobbled, I think Miami has a better opportunity. I think both teams are missing some people who had a major impact on last year’s series. Gary Neal had some great moments for San Antonio. Mike Miller, obviously, had some great moments, had a great run for Miami.”