Jeff Van Gundy Rumors

Rivers is one of several coaches with Knicks ties who could re-surface this summer. Mark Jackson would be in play for the Knicks job and is said to be interested in coaching again in the right situation. The same is true of Jeff Van Gundy, who is satisfying his coaching Jones by being in charge of the U.S. national team in qualification rounds.
Xavier Munford scored 12 points and Markel Brown added 10 for the Americans, who trailed 57-51 late in the third. A 10-0 run late in that quarter gave the U.S. the lead, and a 22-12 burst in the fourth decided things. “Those of our players that have played in a FIBA game, I think knew what to expect,” U.S. coach Jeff Van Gundy said. “But those that had not played in a FIBA game, it was harder for them initially to adapt and adjust. We got hit with haymakers early, and I was really proud of our guys.”
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.