Jeff Van Gundy: Don't Bother Talking To My Brother During The Game

Derek PooreContributor IFebruary 26, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18:  Head coach Stan Van Gundy of the Orlando Magic stands on the sideline in the first quarter during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on January 18, 2010 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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ESPN color analyst Jeff Van Gundy would rather in-game interviews be conducted not on an NBA coach but a fan.

Especially if that coach is his brother.

"I propose we eliminate his in-game interview and talk to a random fan instead," Van Gundy said during the Orlando Magic-New Orleans Hornets game on Friday night. "There's a couple of coaches that, you know, are distracted by the in-game interview. I would say my brother is one of them."

Magic coach Stan Van Gundy looked like he had just eaten a bad chili dog when ESPN grabbed him for a quick interview with the Hornets leading the Magic 26-21 at the end of the first quarter.

"I had all kinds of plans to have fun with him between quarters, but I saw it -- he was breathing fire as I approached him and I didn't want to have fun with him," ESPN announcer Mike Breen said after interviewing the Magic's coach between the first and second quarters Friday night.

Breen asked Van Gundy how Orlando would better contain New Orleans forward David West, who had 10 first-half points. Van Gundy's response was, "well, we've got to guard him better."

"I think at the end of the third quarter instead of talking to the home coach we should talk to the lead referee and get their perspective on the game," said Jeff Van Gundy.

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