Monday, April 20, 2009
The NBA Playoffs tipped off this weekend, and Jeff Van Gundy has made headlines in three different, yet very funny stories. Van Gundy not only mistakenly called Lakers' guard Shannon Brown, Chris Brown, but he chatted with Kanye West and expressed his disdain for LA's taco promotion. Here's the Brown video, and the other two stories from the LA Times and Sporting Blog....
Van Gundy Is Hip Hop: "Kanye West sat courtside at Lakers-Jazz, which led to an exchange on what analyst/former coach Jeff Van Gundy knows about the rap game. The Notorious J.V.G. responded by telling the world: "I am hip hop."Now the Kanye thing is pretty funny, but I'm with the LA Times, when they say to let the Laker Fans have a little fun. Every team has a promotion like that, and to criticize fans for wanting something free, is a bit ridiculous. It's good to see that Van Gundy is already distracting viewers from the game at hand, and it's only the first round!
Tacos: "Geez, Mike Breen, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy, let Lakers fans have a little fun. As the Lakers were concluding their easy win over Utah on Sunday, the ABC announcing trio got testy about the chanting "We want tacos" that the fans were doing at the end of the game.
If the Lakers hold an opponent under 100 points, fans get a certificate for a free Jack in the Box taco. Putting aside the fact that those tacos are really, really bad tacos, full of mushy stuff and grease, the Lakers had led basically from start to finish. It almost seemed in bad form to cheer much when the opponent was so outclassed. So they were having a little noisy fun begging for tacos. Big deal. But Breen, Jackson and especially Van Gundy made it sound as if having such promotions that caused such chanting was an affront to the very dignity of NBA basketball.
Jeff Van Gundy does read the tabloids (Outside the Boxscore)
Jeff Van Gundy Is Hip Hop (The Sporting Blog)
Lighten Up, Guys (LA Times)