Jeff Van Gundy Rumors
Jeff Van Gundy and Steve Clifford – both recently out of college – were aspiring coaches. They hit it off and stayed in touch. In 2000, Van Gundy, then New York Knicks coach, hired Clifford into the NBA as an advance scout. Then, in 2001, Van Gundy had an opening on the bench. Assistant Tom Thibodeau kept asking Van Gundy, ‘What are you thinking?’ ”It wasn’t a question, it was an admonishment. As in, “The guy to hire is right down the hall!” pointing to Clifford’s office.
The prospect of Golden State losing four games in one playoff series, Van Gundy said, “seems almost impossible to me.” “Minus a major injury,” he continued, “I just can’t see how a team could score well enough against them by putting offensive players out there and still have enough defenders to be able to guard them.”
Ian Begley: ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy was asked on a conference call about the Knicks this season and if he thought Kristaps Porzingis was ready to take the next step forward in his career: “I think the Knicks obviously have declared what they want to do, which is rebuild, and so much is going to be — this season is going to be about Porzingis and Hernangomez, their development, and Frank’s ability to learn the NBA quickly at a difficult position and get him significant minutes to grow. This is a great opportunity for Porzingis. Hopefully he can remain healthy. I did not think he made the jump that everyone expected last year. There was a lot of commotion and noise last year that surrounded the Knicks that didn’t have anything to do with winning or development, so this year hopefully it’s a calmer environment, but he’s got to take responsibility and accountability for doing what great players do, which is produce every night and unite your team through your effort and unselfishness.”
He won’t be accused of going out on a limb for his 2017-18 NBA season predictions, but ex-NBA coach and current ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy is adamant that the Golden State Warriors might as well be handed the Larry O’Brien trophy now. “This is over,” Van Gundy said on Sirius XM Radio’s The Starting Lineup on Tuesday. “2018 is a wrap, let’s start talking about 2019.”