ESPN’s Jeff Van Gundy and Mike Breen Will Miss First NBA Finals Game
Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy, two longtime staples of ESPN’s broadcast group for the N.B.A. finals, will miss the opening recreation of the championship sequence between Golden State and the Boston Celtics. An ESPN spokesman mentioned that each broadcasters had examined constructive for the coronavirus in latest days, however Van Gundy mentioned in an interview that he had not.
The N.B.A. finals start Thursday in San Francisco and could be the 14th championship sequence that includes Breen on play-by-play alongside Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, two former N.B.A. head coaches. Instead, Game 1 shall be referred to as by Jackson and Mark Jones, with Lisa Salters because the sideline reporter.
Breen missed Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals sequence between Miami and Boston on Sunday after testing constructive for the virus. Van Gundy and Jackson, who had referred to as video games with Breen over the prior week, continued on with the sport, with Jones filling in for Breen.
Van Gundy mentioned in an interview Thursday that he had not been examined for the virus earlier than Sunday’s recreation as a result of he was asymptomatic, though his voice was noticeably hoarse in the course of the Game 7 broadcast. The N.B.A. didn’t institute a testing mandate for members of the tv and information media for this year’s playoffs, because it did final postseason.
Van Gundy mentioned that on Monday, upon flying dwelling to Houston, he began to really feel slight signs. The subsequent day, he took a house check, which he mentioned was inconclusive. ESPN then despatched Van Gundy two different speedy exams, which he mentioned got here out detrimental. Van Gundy additionally mentioned he wasn’t positive why he had been pulled from broadcasting Game 1, and that he hoped to be again for Game 2 Sunday in San Francisco.
Van Gundy added that he was not experiencing signs.
Adrian Wojnarowski and Kendra Andrews, reporters who regularly seem on air for ESPN, have additionally examined constructive for the coronavirus, and will miss the sequence opener. Andrews is a beat author protecting Golden State, and Wojnarowski is the community’s prime N.B.A. reporter.