I was wondering about this last night, while watching Jeff Van Gundy (pictured, hanging on for dear life) go in on the Mavericks at every opportunity, whether it was questioning Dirk’s bona fides or arguing against the refs on the Heat’s behalf or just generally being insane. And then I remembered.
Six years ago, the Mavericks lost the first two games of their opening round series against the Van Gundy-coached Houston Rockets. At home, no less. Including a game that featured one of the most embarrassing dunks ever dunked on Shawn Bradley, which, as you know, is saying quite a bit. Anyway, the Mavs came back and won the series in seven games, the final game a 40-point walkover which should still shame everyone involved to this day. So that’s why JVG is such a jerk. Probably.