HoopsHype Jeff Van Gundy rumors

June 1, 2013 Updates

How well would Howard fit in with Harden and the Rockets? “You see Dwight Howard’s greatest strengths will always be defense and rebounding. He is a limited offensive player that is a very good pick and roll screener and then very effective roller to the basket. That’s how Houston plays now. He would fit in very well but if he wants the ball brought to him on the block 20 times a game, like Kevin McHale used to get it brought to him back in his Boston heyday, then that would be detrimental to the Rockets. It would be detrimental to their team, the win and loss departments. So it all depends on how Howard wants to fit.” CBS Local

Jeff Van Gundy is in the spotlight these days, not just as an NBA analyst for ESPN, but as a candidate for a head coaching job with the L.A. Clippers and Brooklyn Nets. While the ex-coach Van Gundy has not confirmed or denied these reports, he did speak with SportsRadio 610′s J & R Show on Friday regarding the rumors, the possibility of coaching again, and Dwight Howard’s chances of coming to Houston. When asked point-blank about meeting with the Clippers and/or the Nets for a head coaching position, Van Gundy remained elusive. “One thing I learned long ago that talking about jobs does neither the team nor the person any good so if the team ever wants to talk about, if any team wants to talk about talking to me, that’s their right but I choose to stay out of the fray. There’s so much speculation about all these jobs and so much wrong speculation that to try to right it and all that and I just stay out of the way. But the Clippers are a good team and they’ll get a good coach. There’s no doubt about that.” CBS Local

How hard would it be to leave the broadcasting booth and return to coaching? “Well obviously coaching has been a big part of my life and I love that part of my professional life very much. Nothing like coaching NBA basketball, particularly when you’ve had really good guys who are really good players and so I was very fortunate and if something came along that made sense, in all aspects of my life, it would be great. But certainly, I know how fortunate I am to be doing games on television. Those are hard jobs to get as well and I work with people I really admire at ESPN and particularly, my partner Mike Green,” Van Gundy said. CBS Local

May 31, 2013 Updates

Mike Mazzeo: Confirmed @Mark Heisler report that #Nets have contacted Jeff Van Gundy about their vacancy, though no interview has been set up. Twitter @MazzESPN

The Clippers also called former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott, the executive said, and was told that he too is interested. Scott, who was fired by the Cavaliers after the season and is owned about $4 million for next season, coached Chris Paul when both were with the New Orleans Hornets. ESPN analyst and former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy also had preliminary discussions with the Clippers, the executive said, and was said to have an interest in the job. Alvin Gentry, a former coach of the Phoenix Suns and the Clippers, has talked with the team about the job and expressed his interest, two executives said. Los Angeles Times

May 30, 2013 Updates

There was no discussion of setting up an interview, nor any real gauge of whether Van Gundy holds interest in the job, sources told Yahoo! Sports. Those close to Van Gundy believe that he is open to considering a return to coaching for the right opportunity. Yahoo! Sports

TV analyst and former New York Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy and Indiana associate head coach Brian Shaw are being strongly considered by the Clippers to replace Vinny Del Negro for the team's coaching vacancy. As the Clippers prepare to move into the next phase of their coaching search, Shaw and Van Gundy seem to be atop the team's list. Interviews for the Clippers' coaching vacancy could begin this week. Orange County Register

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At least that is the opinion of Sports Illustrated NBA insider Chris Mannix. With Phil Jackson bowing out as a Nets coaching candidate, Van Gundy is commonly considered the most attractive NBA coaching free agent on the market. Even so, Mannix says Brooklyn is not interested in SVG. "I've spoken to sources who've told me ... Stan Van Gundy is not a candidate," Mannix said on our Open Mike radio show. "It's possible that Jeff Van Gundy could get a call, but from what I understand Stan Van Gundy is not a top candidate for that job." Orlando Sentinel

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