While it's generally hard to put a finger on the former players and coaches that will be good when they're in front of a television camera, it seems to be a pretty universal opinion that Stan Van Gundy is going to knock it out of the park as a new studio analyst for ESPN's NBA Countdown.
Among other things, Van Gundy is a knowledgeable basketball mind with a passion for the game that usually has a tendency to package itself in entertaining ways when he's in front of a camera with a microphone clipped to his lapel.
Van Gundy is hardly the first former coach to make the switch over to the studio rather than looking for another coaching gig, and he'll hardly be the last. You've got to figure that after coaching in such a high-pressure situation for so many years, sitting in front of a camera and trying to entertain people will be a walk in the park.
With his hiring at ESPN, the question soon arises about other guys in his situation. What former NBA head coaches out there would be the best in the studio for ESPN or TNT with an analysts' gig?
With so many guys falling flat on their faces in their foray into the television world, it's hard to pick them precisely, but there are a few candidates that stick out more than others.