HoopsHype Jeff Van Gundy rumors

April 29, 2014 Updates

For this comment, Van Gundy's bosses at ESPN may get a call. The NBA league office works behind the scenes to manipulate the public discussion on officiating, especially by on-air analysts, according to Van Gundy and others in the broadcast industry. "They've tried to hurt me with my bosses," Van Gundy said. "They've called my bosses and said, 'Nobody wants to hear that guy whine about officiating.' They're pretty sensitive about that sort of stuff. I'm not quite sure why. I think by critiquing them you're talking of their importance to the game. "I'm not sure why they'd be upset with that." Oregonian

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"It's unfortunate for those franchises if they don't make it," ABC/ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy said. "But the league, just because of how it's grown and the depth of teams and organizations, I don't think it's a major deal either. Those teams have proven to be great organizations, and they'll be in the playoffs in the near future and in the short term, once in a while to not have them in doesn't impact the playoffs negatively at all." That view isn't shared by everyone. Lakers radio analyst Mychael Thompson, who was part of some Showtime championships, disagreed. "It's horrible for the NBA that those markets may not be in the playoffs," Thompson said. "The NBA is a lot healthier business when those franchises are competing for championships, and they'll get back there." USA Today Sports

March 3, 2014 Updates

Derrick Rose, who is out for the season after tearing his meniscus just 10 games into the season, was shown on the ESPN broadcast watching the Bulls-Knicks game at the United Center from the tunnel with his toddler son, P.J. Jeff Van Gundy, who was calling the game, wasn’t shy from cracking a joke about the former MVP who has missed nearly 2 full seasons in a row because of knee injuries. “You see Derrick Rose…with the cutest little guy. I hope he has better knees than his dad.” beyondthebuzzer.com

February 28, 2014 Updates

According to Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey, the most successful play Jeff Van Gundy ran while he was in Houston was simply setting a random screen and letting the players run the offense by themselves. The set plays were actually less efficient. Former NBA coach George Karl also added that one of the most valuable and underrated plays at the end of a game was simply gaining an offensive rebound. ESPN.com

February 11, 2014 Updates

"The nonsense is certainly that he has a deal in place," said Van Gundy, who has remained good friends with Thibodeau after the Bulls coach was an assistant on his staff in New York and Houston. "First of all, if anybody knows Tom, he's thinking about tomorrow's practice, not about next year. The friction between he and their front office, I can go only on what I read, and enough has been leaked out to the media to say that something is wrong. The Bulls have leaked out some negative stuff about how he's maybe too hard on players. He's not totally in charge if he comes back obviously because they can fire him, which I wouldn't think they would do, but listen, the NBA is a crazy place. You never know." ESPN.com

February 9, 2014 Updates

Van Gundy was asked on ESPN Radio’s “The Ian O’Connor Show” if he had any advice for Woodson. His message was simple: ignore the outside noise. “Just do your job and don’t feel the need to update the media on your feelings because it doesn’t matter,” Van Gundy said. “Just do your job. You know how to coach and you’ve done it very well there. I wouldn’t apologize to anyone if I was him because I think he’s handled himself very, very well in a difficult situation.” ESPN.com

The Knicks are 20-31 and in tenth place in the Eastern Conference, two games behind Charlotte for the eighth seed. They’ve lost four of five, leading to another round of widespread speculation that Woodson’s job is in jeopardy. Van Gundy called the constant speculation over Woodson’s job “very, very unfair.” If Woodson is let go, the Knicks would likely consider a big-name coach such as Van Gundy or John Calipari, among others, to bring in over the summer. Van Gundy has said that he has no interest in taking over a team in the middle of the season. ESPN.com

February 1, 2014 Updates

Tracy McGrady retired from professional basketball after last season, and word is that he may be gearing up for a second career in sports. During the Friday night game between the Brooklyn Nets and Oklahoma City Thunder, ESPN commentator Jeff Van Gundy hinted that T-Mac was considering playing baseball. “I think he’s going to play independent league baseball as a pitcher this year,” Van Gundy said. “I’m being serious. I’ve heard from sources in Houston — seriously — that he’s throwing over 90 miles per hour.” For The Win

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Van Gundy, now a color commentator with ESPN and will be calling Wednesday’s game, touched on a number of topics including who has impressed him the most on the Spurs’ roster, how long he thinks Gregg Popovich will coach, and what team is most surprising in the Western Conference. Said Van Gundy about the Spurs: “I knew they’d be good, but this good, I couldn’t have said I would have predicted that.” Listen to the podcast for more. San Antonio Express-News

January 1, 2014 Updates

"I mean this has looked like a bush league organization much of the year, they don't play with much effort at all, a very uninspired team. But at the same time they had so many people hurt you just don't know. And now they are not they are not going to be healthy all year… "You can do whatever you want with the coaching situation but it is not going to change the situation with their roster. They just don't have a lot of options -- they don't have draft picks, they are way over the salary cap. They are probably in the worst situation of any team in the NBA right now." ESPN.com

December 23, 2013 Updates

Van Gundy won’t call the game when the Knicks host the Thunder on Christmas Day, presumably a move by ESPN to eliminate the distraction. Van Gundy said he did not ask off the game. He will work the Lakers-Heat telecast instead. “That sort of got ramped up a little too much,” he said. “I think it was maybe 10 to 12 days before — I’m not sure about the exact timing — I got switched off the game. I don’t think there was any specific reason. I’ve had two or three games changed this year on my schedule. So I didn’t give it much thought. “But I was happy when I saw the game before or maybe it was two games before when my name was brought out. I’ve coached in that market, as has Coach [Hubie] Brown, and people start talking about your job, and I’ve been hung on the back page of the New York Post, with the Van Gone back page and Back Up the Van and all that stuff, so I know how painful that stuff can be for a coach going through the speculation. I was glad, whether it was coincidental or not by whoever makes the schedule for ESPN, that 10 or 12 days before I got switched off that game.” Boston Globe

December 11, 2013 Updates

Due to a late change, former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy won’t be at the Garden to broadcast Wednesday night’s Knicks-Bulls game as Mike Woodson broils on the hot seat. Van Gundy, who has been linked to a future Knicks coaching job, was to have broadcast the game with Mike Tirico. Jon Barry was pegged to take Van Gundy’s place on the telecast. New York Post

The Post reported Van Gundy would be considered by owner James Dolan for a future job after being on the outs with the Garden for a long while. Van Gundy would be very hesitant to take any coaching job midseason, but could be interested next year and would want more input in personnel matters. New York Post

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