HoopsHype Jeff Van Gundy rumors

January 8, 2014 Updates

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

In the wake of the report, Van Gundy went on the radio to say he was not lobbying for the position and said he “felt badly” for Woodson. “He never wants to be a distraction,” a Van Gundy friend said Wednesday. “He’s very sensitive about current coaches.” New York Post

December 4, 2013 Updates

Two years ago, an intermediary acting on behalf of Isiah Thomas reached out to Van Gundy to gauge his interest in possibly returning to New York. But with Mike D’Antoni still at the helm, Van Gundy refused to entertain the question out of respect for a fellow coach. That’s why the most recent regurgitated story of Van Gundy returning has more holes in it than the Knicks’ defense. Phil Jackson once discussed coaching the Knicks while Van Gundy was still employed at the Garden and there is no chance of Van Gundy working the back channels with Woodson still on the bench. “Jeff thinks that is distasteful,” said one of Van Gundy’s close friends. “He also can’t believe how a guy who won 54 games is in trouble when Tyson Chandler has been out and a lot of the other key players are struggling. Carmelo is the one guy playing well but he isn’t getting much help.” New York Daily News

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August 30, 2013 Updates

But McGrady wasn't a natural leader. His personality never matched his talents, Morey believed, which wasn't necessarily a bad thing. For his first three Houston seasons, it fell upon coach Jeff Van Gundy to supply that leadership — by default — and as Morey accurately points out, you never want your team drawing its entire personality and toughness from someone wearing a suit. (Even in Chicago, where the Bulls assumed Tom Thibodeau's rugged personality over these last three years, that wouldn't work if lunch-pail guys like Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler weren't involved.) After Morey fired Van Gundy before the 2007-08 season, new hire Rick Adelman was hoping McGrady would take on a bigger leadership role. Grantland

August 27, 2013 Updates

“At his peak, I defy anybody that played against him, coached against him, played with him or coached with him, to tell me he wasn’t an all-time great,” Jeff Van Gundy, who coached McGrady in Houston, said in a phone interview. “People are going to look at the lack of playoff success and say, ‘He wasn’t a winner.’ But so much of whether you win or lose in the playoffs is based on who you play with, who you play against, and health.” Toronto Star

July 6, 2013 Updates

Jeff Van Gundy had said Erik Spoelstra bound for Hall of Fame I talked to Stan VG & he agrees Spoelstra's reaction? “This is the most ridiculous. “We’re talking summer league,’’ Spoelstra said after the Heat’s summer-league practice Saturday. “The Van Gundys, it’s widely documented that I’m very close to them. I didn’t actually hear that from Jeff, but Stan is one of my closest friends and through Stan I’ve gotten to know Jeff over the years. They’re just great people. The Van Gundys have had a major influence on my coaching career, in particular Stan.’’ Sulia

June 28, 2013 Updates

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