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Report: Jeff Van Gundy interested in Nets job, but won’t meet with team while interim coach is in place

Dec 28, 2012, 9:19 PM EDT

Jeff Van Gundy AP

Jeff Van Gundy was an NBA head coach for 11 years with the Knicks and the Rockets, but hasn’t held that job title since the 2006-07 season.

It appears that may change as early as next year, but only if the Brooklyn Nets are willing to wait that long to secure Van Gundy’s services.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

While Jeff Van Gundy does have interest in the Brooklyn Nets‘ opening, he’ll be likely unwilling to meet with team officials while an interim coach is in place during the season, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Nets haven’t reached out to Van Gundy, but he’s well regarded on every level of the organization’s ownership and management charts.

Van Gundy has never met with an organization that had a coach in place as part of his personal code, and he has respect for P.J. Carlesimo’s status. It is likely that the Nets would have to wait until season’s end to meet with Van Gundy about the job.

After more than five years out of the league, Van Gundy is still widely regarded as an excellent coach. His playoff appearances in both New York and Houston are reminders of that, and especially during his time in New York, Van Gundy cemented himself as a more than legitimate leader at the NBA level.

The question in this case is, how long will the Nets be willing to wait to settle on a replacement for Avery Johnson?

P.J. Carlesimo has the interim job, but no one expects him to retain it for long, and certainly not beyond this season. If ownership is patient enough to play out the schedule without a long-term solution in place, then Van Gundy may very well end up with the job, if in fact he decides to leave the broadcasting booth for a return to the sidelines.

But it’s more than likely that Brooklyn would like to secure a permanent solution sooner rather than later, just to ensure that the team’s minimum goal of reaching the playoffs is secured this season. If that’s the case, Van Gundy will likely remain out of the picture, given his insistence on not talking to a team about its head coaching job while one of his peers is currently occupying that seat.

  1. chargerdillon - Dec 28, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    I absolutely love this guy as an announcer because he really is a basketball genius. He’d be a great coach for them, but i’d much rather see him stay an announcer because he’s one of the few that really offers amazing insight to the game, and to be fair, he’s also really hilarious and willing to make a joke of himself which brings the overall entertainment value of the product up.

    JVG is a damn good coach, id hate to see DWill get him fired too

  2. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears - Dec 28, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    For the sake of not having to hear his commentary anymore, I pray this happens.

    • sabatimus - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:09 PM

      Wow that’s some handle.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 29, 2012 at 7:40 AM

      Hey you BIG bear fan, stop listening to the game in German.

  3. timcast12 - Dec 28, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Terrible commentator. Im going to just leave it at that

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 29, 2012 at 7:41 AM

      dude, you are American, why are you listening to the game in Russian.

  4. dondada10 - Dec 28, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    First of all, JVG is a great commentator. I don’t know what you two clowns are talking about. As far as being a great leader, however, I beg to differ.

    It seems Van Gundy gets a pass for quitting on the Knicks. In ’01, the got bounced in the first round by an Alvin Williams/Vince Carter led Raptors team (I believe a young T-Mac was there too). In ’02, Camby got hurt about 20 games into the season, and Jeffy walked out the door.

  5. dko83 - Dec 28, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    WTF are you people talking about!?!?! This is the ONLY commentator that makes games more fun to watch. You get great insight and unabashed honesty from JVG; my favorite commentator hands down. Hubie Brown a close second.

  6. xerocc - Dec 28, 2012 at 10:58 PM


  7. namaths5thofwhiskey - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    He may not have a radio voice but he’s always on point.

  8. clevelandschronic2 - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Wow i guess u either love or hate JVG commentary. I actually like his commentary with tirico. This guy can be a lil over the top at times but i find JVGs honesty refreshing. Unlike most of these ppl who comment on here i actually remember watching this guy coach the knicks. He is one hell of a leader and a coach. Brooklyn would be lucky to get him. Selfishly because i enjoy his insight into the games i hope he stays at the announcers Table with MikeTirico. (And so everyone. Knows i hate ESPN)

  9. jerdogthompson - Dec 29, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    He’s a douche, plain and simple. How’d ya like Crystal when he schooled his arse on natl TV son? Took away his jelly-beans and told him to go eff himself!!!!!

    He’s a joke, I could care less about BKN. Hire him. Good call.

  10. jerdogthompson - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    A well known Clipper hater:…….

    He can coach? Show me bizatch.

    Oh yeah, his commentary sucks.

    • lawful1 - Dec 29, 2012 at 9:32 AM

      I was going to say something, but i am not sre you are smart enough to get it!

    • magicrat13 - Dec 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM

      do your parents know you are on their computer???

  11. fanofevilempire - Dec 29, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    I think Jeff would be great fit for the job and I think what he is stand up on his decision
    to not interview but the thing is maybe they tell theguy hit the road and then bring Jeff
    in. I

  12. dangernearing - Dec 29, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    He’s a good coach. However, he’ll need to update his offense sets significantly. One of the reasons he were let go from houston and NY had to do with predictable offensive plays. Kinda like what they had in Avery. Good coach not great. Great and memorable moments while coaching (i.e. Knicks and Heat playoff scuffles, vs Camby punching him while trying to slug Danny Ferry, his former riff with Mark Cuban) but lets not confuse that with greatness.

  13. BigBeachBall - Dec 29, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    your welcome…

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