Jeff Van Gundy Rumors
The ESPN analyst and former Golden State Warriors head coach was calling Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers when fellow analyst Jeff Van Gundy started to talk about the surprisingly strong play of Cavs forward Richard Jefferson. After finishing his analysis, Jackson jumped in and threw his former Warriors player under the bus. Jeff Van Gundy: “Don’t talk about what you need to do to win. Do what you need to do to win. Richard Jefferson, great loose ball play and has always been a terrific finisher on the break.” Jackson “Guy’s a pro. Stays ready. Played for me in Golden State. Cost us a series in San Antonio, missing two free throws, but I’m not holding onto that. Still has plenty in the tank and playing at a high level for this Cavaliers team.”
Former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy, speaking on Sirius XM Radio, said he’s heard that Hornacek won’t be saddled with Jackson’s beloved system. That would be an upset considering Jackson just held a triangle seminar with the majority of the Knicks roster. “The things I’ve heard is that he’s not going to be required to run the triangle,” Jeff Van Gundy said. “Which is smart from the standpoint that he’s never taught it before. So you don’t want to come in trying that you’ve never played in or taught. I’m interested in that. But I think it’s an inspired choice.”
Tommy Beer: Jeff Van Gundy calls Jeff Hornacek an “inspiring hire” and says the “tie in” to Phil Jackson is that Phil had great respect for Jerry Sloan. – RT: SiriusXM NBA Radio: AUDIO: Jeff Van Gundy has heard that Jeff Hornacek won’t be required to run the triangle with the #Knicks Listen –> http://bit.ly/27BBPe1
Adam Wexler: Can confirm Jeff Van Gundy is no longer a candidate for #Rockets head coaching position. “I never talked to them. Thought I would, but didn’t happen,” Van Gundy said via text. “Contrary to others opinions, it’s a good job and Harden is great. The choices they are pursuing are all really good choices.” @KPRC2
There had been significant support within the Rockets’ front office for a reunion with Van Gundy, but it became apparent that owner Leslie Alexander was uncertain about restoring the partnership, league sources said.