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Celtics hire Jeff Van Gundy as senior consultant

MIAMI, FLORIDA – MAY 19: ESPN Analysts, Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy, and Mike Breen look on prior to Game Two of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics at FTX Arena on May 19, 2022 in Miami, Florida. 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 Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Getty Images

The Celtics have added another prominent name to Joe Mazzulla’s coaching staff. A team source confirmed to MassLive that veteran NBA head coach Jeff Van Gundy has been hired as a senior consultant for the upcoming season. Van Gundy will be working under basketball operations and splitting his time between Boston and Maine, Boston’s G-League affiliate, according to a source.

Van Gundy is the latest addition to Boston’s staff which included a number of notable assistant hires this offseason such as Sam Cassell and Charles Lee. Van Gundy has spent the past 16 years primarily as a broadcaster with ESPN where he announced 16 NBA Finals. However, he was laid off by ESPN as part of a layoff round this past summer to cut costs.

Before broadcasting in recent years, Van Gundy was a standout NBA head coach, where he compiled a 430-318 record during his 11 seasons as coach, including stints with the Knicks and Rockets. Van Gundy also helped the Knicks reach the NBA Finals during the 1999 lockout season before falling to the Spurs.

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The 61-year-old has been active with international coaching in recent years, serving as a head coach  during the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup Tournament and as an assistant coach for US Men’s Basketball during the 2019 FIBA World Cup and 2020 Summer Olympics. Van Gundy worked with Brown and Tatum directly on the 2019 FIBA World Cup team.