Van Gundy spoke with USA TODAY Sports about coaching the team, what it meant to him, qualifying for the World Cup (which will feature NBA players), and what’s next. Questions and answers have been edited for length and clarity. Q: What did it mean to beat Argentina? Jeff Van Gundy: Argentina is so good, so well-coached, so mentally and physically tough that they’re either going to bring the best of out of you or the worst out of you.
Down the stretch, it brought the best out of our players. Reggie Hearn, so fittingly because he’s played with us the most, makes the game-winning shot, and Travis Trice, who’s been with us two straight (qualifying windows), makes two huge 3s down the stretch, and Michael Frazier, who I can’t understand why he’s not on an NBA roster, was our best player.