Rather than the Knicks, Van Gundy could return to Houston and coach the Rockets, reports The Athletic. With Mike D’Antoni’s contract post-season and homeowner Tilman Fertitta setting the NBA Finals as a benchmark, a change could happen.
Although Tom Thibodeau would be a candidate – the Post said he was an option for the Knicks and the Rockets – as did Van Gundy, who ran the Rockets from 2003 to 2007. According to The Athletic, there was ” major fracture ”in the contract negotiations between D’Antoni and the Rockets. It is almost assumed that the two will separate as soon as this season – if it even continues – is over.
Van Gundy is a name that keeps coming back, according to history, if Antoni’s exit materializes. The Post also reported that Van Gundy is a candidate for the Knicks’ job, which is currently occupied by interim coach Mike Miller.
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One factor in favor of Van Gundy, 58, since he wants the job, is the property situation. Former owner Leslie Alexander was behind his layoff and when he took office in 2016, Alexander opposed general manager Daryl Morey who wanted to hire the announcer ESPN / ABC.
But now Fertitta is in charge. While Van Gundy mostly stayed out of training, he coached the United States in World Cup qualifying, perhaps a sign that he is ready to back out full-time. .