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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

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

December 3, 2013 Updates

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