The Knicks have contacted the representatives of both Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, the Daily News has learned.
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In his two stints, Knicks president Steve Mills never worked with Van Gundy, but the two aren’t known to have a strong relationship. GM Scott Perry doesn’t know Van Gundy. It’s been over 10 years since Jeff Van Gundy was on an NBA sideline, with the Rockets. He still lives in Houston. “I don’t have any idea,’’ Stan Van Gundy said. “He thinks about it some. Other times he doesn’t. I don’t know what he’ll decide to do. He certainly has had options to get back if he wanted and he’ll certainly have more.’’
“Jeff’s a helluva coach,’’ said Stan Van Gundy, who has a dual role with Detroit but, sources have indicated, is no sure thing of returning. “Obviously I have a bias, but he’s one of the best in the business.”
“I have utmost respect for his knowledge of the game and his preparation. He’s an incredible motivator. So that’s shocking to me and it will remain shocking to me, as long as he’s sitting next to me. I think if I was owner or general manager or running a team, it would be his call, meaning Jeff’s call, to say no to me, because he’s absolutely that great of a coach in my opinion. “I’m surprised that watching his body of work, playing for him twice, and witnessing him as a coach, in my opinion, a genius, still around and nobody has made a move to hire him, whether he wants it or not. I’ve been around coaching and I’ve witnessed coaching and this guy is an absolute gem.”