HoopsHype Jeff Van Gundy rumors

December 11, 2014 Updates

With 13 consecutive losses, the Detroit Pistons' season is resembling a shipwreck. Jeff Van Gundy didn't expect completely smooth sailing for his brother Stan in his first season in Detroit, but the recent struggles have been troubling. "He took over the Titanic and it's sinking even quicker," Van Gundy told Frank Isola and Mitch Lawrence during an appearance on "SiriusXM NBA Radio." Booth Newspapers

November 16, 2014 Updates

Carlos Arroyo on the NBA: “It’s not only about me. You know when I was playing in the NBA I was always following Euroleague cause of my FIBA attachment and the National Team. So I knew who Spanoulis was. If I remember well It was like 2006. I was playing at Orlando. Spanoulis has landed at the Houston Rockets and he had a tough coach, Jeff Van Gundy. It was easy for me to see that this guy wasn’t his self on the court. He wasn’t happy man. I remember talking with him about this. That they tried to control your game. EuroHoops.net

October 26, 2014 Updates

Rosen, who published Jackson’s unofficial player-by-player scouting report on the Knicks that pulled no punches, said Van Gundy is off base on his history. Van Gundy said Wednesday that players win titles, not systems, and believes the Bulls and Lakers could have won with any system. “I think he’s full of crap to tell you the truth,” Rosen, who also co-wrote Jackson’s autobiography and was an assistant coach under him in the CBA, told The Post. “If they would’ve won without the triangle, why didn’t they win before he got there? Michael Jordan and Scottie [Pippen] were in Chicago before Phil, and Kobe [Bryant] and Shaq [O’Neal] played together before Phil. And what about that season when Jordan was playing basketball and the Bulls would’ve made the Finals if not for the terrible call by Hue Hollins (in the 1994 playoffs). Without a superstar, that was the best triangle has ever been run.” New York Post

June 29, 2014 Updates

Similarly, former Houston Rockets and New York Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy is not thought to be on the Nets' short list at this early part of the process. College coaches also are unlikely to be considered, which makes sense considering the stakes in play at this point. USA Today Sports

June 14, 2014 Updates
June 6, 2014 Updates

The one exception in Saunders’ mind was if he could get a superstar coach to guide the Wolves. And Saunders said he tried, starting out with his former ESPN colleague Jeff Van Gundy. “The first guy that I went to and tried to get was Jeff Van Gundy. He was the first guy,” Saunders said Thursday, when word came out that he would coach the Wolves next season. “… He’s a guy that Glen and I were comfortable [with] and would have hired him off the bat. I feel like he’s the best coach, the best coach out there and has a lot of the same philosophies. “As Jeff said to me, I talked to him this morning, and he said, ‘Whenever I go somewhere I want to feel that I’m the right guy for that job.’ He said, ‘The reason I didn’t go to Minnesota was because I felt you were the right guy for the job, not me, and I was uncomfortable.’ ” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

June 5, 2014 Updates

The one exception in Saunders’ mind was if he could get a superstar coach to guide the Wolves. And Saunders said he tried, starting out with his former ESPN colleague Jeff Van Gundy. “The first guy that I went to and tried to get was Jeff Van Gundy. He was the first guy,” Saunders said Thursday, when word came out that he would coach the Wolves next season. “… He’s a guy that Glen and I were comfortable [with] and would have hired him off the bat. I feel like he’s the best coach, the best coach out there and has a lot of the same philosophies. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

June 4, 2014 Updates
May 25, 2014 Updates

One of the prime options under consideration by the Memphis Grizzlies in the wake of last week's management shakeup and the looming departure of Dave Joerger to the Minnesota Timberwolves is making a run at Jeff Van Gundy to be their coach and run their front office, according to NBA coaching sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Grizzlies have serious interest in trying to convince Van Gundy to serve as coach and team president in a job structure modeled after the new dual role brother Stan Van Gundy has secured with the Detroit Pistons. ESPN.com

May 22, 2014 Updates
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May 17, 2014 Updates

Yet former Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy, now a broadcaster with ESPN, believes referee bias exists. Van Gundy said every coach in the league has an official he hates to run into on the court. "My guy was Eric Lewis," Van Gundy said. "The problem is if you get on the bad side of one of the main guys you are going to see them more and more. It's not an easy thing. Lewis T'eed me up four straight games once. I didn't like the way he refereed size and Yao (Ming) in particular. "So I come out for the fifth game and I see Eric and I just drop my head. He comes up to me and says, 'You want a technical foul now or when the game starts?" Oregonian

Van Gundy said, "That humanity, and sense of humor fixed everything. We never had a problem after that, but I always wondered how it might have gone had we never had that laugh. The league tries to tell you that personality conflicts aren't an issue. If I was an official, I'd (expletive) people if they were on my bad side. That's called being human. They're not drones and robots. There's personality conflicts in every walk of life, for them to insist there's not one between Jake O'Donnell and Clyde Drexler, I think that's even worse because they're claiming it's not happening and we can all see it." Oregonian

May 15, 2014 Updates

Here’s something to keep in mind if you’re keeping an eye on the Knicks’ coaching search: Jeff Van Gundy said on Thursday that he’s never ruled out the possibility of taking the job. In other words, if Phil Jackson calls, it sounds like Van Gundy will listen. “I never said I wouldn’t consider [the Knicks],” Van Gundy, an ESPN NBA analyst, said Thursday morning on ESPN Radio’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.” ESPN.com

“One thing I try to stay away from, Colin, is talking about things in public. Interest in jobs or other jobs, I don’t think it does the teams any good. I don’t think it does, frankly, coaches any good. I’m very content in whatever I do to sort of stay in the background. The Knicks, no matter who they hire, will always have a special place in my heart. They gave me the opportunity to come into pro basketball as an assistant. I stayed there 13 years. I love the New York Knicks, always will, regardless of who coaches.” ESPN.com

Lacob mentioned that he was wowed by the details you provided on this team. How detailed did you get? KERR: I've been preparing for this for a while. I've really thought things through in terms of my coaching philosophy. There's all kinds of stuff I have.. I guess you would call my doctrines, just putting my thoughts on paper. Jeff Van Gundy told me two years ago, when I said I'd really like to coach, what should I do, he said put all of your thoughts on paper, everything you think is important for a team. Put it on paper. Just a chance to get thoughts together and think about it. And that was great advice. I've done that. Gone over in detail what my expectations would be for a team and how I'd like to play, how my staff would look like, what the daily routine would be, everything from social media, training staff, assist coaching staff... I've put a lot of thought in this. Contra Costa Times

May 3, 2014 Updates

So who do the Lakers hire to replace D’Antoni, who was doomed this season by a plague of injuries? We continue to hear that ex-Lakers Byron Scott and Kurt Rambis are viable candidates. Derek Fisher, also a former Laker, but might not be so viable with no experience. But that didn’t stop the Lakers from floating out his name as a candidate. Jeff Van Gundy is in the running. Stan Van Gundy has also been mentioned. He was recently contacted by the Pistons about their vacancy, but the talks didn’t get anywhere when he asked about getting power over personnel decisions. The Lakers decided to flood the grapevine, so if there had been a third Van Gundy brother, he probably would have been listed, too. New York Daily News

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