Jeff Van Gundy Rumors
No bridges were burned in the years after Van Gundy was let go, but Alexander will want to be certain Van Gundy will move to an uptempo offense with an emphasis on 3-point shooting. Though the Rockets are not far enough in the process to have defined a list or even a strategy for a search beyond researching potential candidates, according to two individuals familiar with the discussions, Van Gundy is considered likely to be a starting point.
The Lakers said a coaching search will “begin immediately.” Yet it is not immediately clear who will replace Scott, or if the team will retain any of his assistants, which include Paul Pressey, Mark Madsen, Larry Lewis, Jim Eyen and Thomas Scott. The Lakers lost out on potential coaching candidates after mulling Scott’s future for the past week. Those possibilities included Tom Thibodeau (Minnesota) and Scott Brooks (Washington), both of whom would have been interested in the job, according to sources familiar with their thinking. Possible replacements could include Golden State Warriors assistant Luke Walton, former Rockets and Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy, Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie and San Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina.