Jeff Van Gundy Joins Clippers Coaching Staff as Lead Assistant to Head Coach Ty Lue

Van Gundy, a former broadcaster, has not held an official NBA coaching position since 2007.
Anna Ciao
By: Anna Ciao

Jeff Van Gundy Agrees To Become Clippers' Assistant Coach After Winning 1st Title With Celtics

Jeff Van Gundy has been announced as the new top assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers under Ty Lue, according to an official announcement from the team on Tuesday. Van Gundy previously worked in a front-office role with the Boston Celtics last season, contributing to their 18th championship victory.

Van Gundy boasts a successful tenure as an NBA head coach, having led both the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets over more than a decade. He notably guided the Knicks to the NBA Finals in 1999. After departing from the Rockets in 2007, Van Gundy transitioned to a broadcasting career with ESPN, where he remained for 16 years before returning to team operations with the Celtics last offseason.

During his time away from coaching in the NBA, Van Gundy also coached Team USA through several qualifying tournaments. Under his leadership, Team USA achieved gold at the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup and secured qualification for the 2019 World Cup. His experience with Team USA further strengthened his ties with Lue, who serves as an assistant under Steve Kerr for the national team.

Lue, who recently signed a significant five-year, $70 million contract extension with the Clippers, saw changes in his coaching staff after lead assistant Dan Craig departed for the Chicago Bulls. Van Gundy's addition to Lue's bench marks a significant enhancement as the Clippers approach a crucial offseason, navigating roster decisions with key players like Paul George and James Harden entering free agency.

With Lue's championship pedigree and Van Gundy's seasoned coaching expertise now combined on the Clippers' staff, the team aims to maintain its competitive edge in the upcoming seasons, regardless of the roster configurations.

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Anna Ciao
Written by: Anna Ciao
Anna Ciao is a sports content contributor at Betimate. Born and raised in a rural village in China, I have had a passion for football and various sports such as basketball, volleyball, badminton, from a young age. Along with diligent studies, I achieved an IELTS score of 8.0 in the English language, and I have become a content contributor specializing in sports, particularly football, as I am today. I hope that my articles are helpful to readers.

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