Could Jeff Van Gundy find himself on the sidelines for the New York Knicks again?
It’s extremely unlikely, though the television analyst who spent parts of seven seasons coaching the Knicks says he’d be open to listening to a potential job offer from the Knicks, assuming they called.
Van Gundy doesn’t run a triangle offense, something that Jackson is seemingly adamant about installing, so the pairing seems like an unlikely fit simply for basketball reasons.
Then of course comes a potential power struggle – how much impact would Van Gundy want on the roster? A veteran coach would almost certainly want some level of roster imput, something that Jackson and the Knicks may not be open to offering.
The Knicks job isn’t the only potential opening for Van Gundy who is said to be a potential target of the Los Angeles Lakers, this after letting Mike D’Antoni go last month.
Van Gundy never posted a losing season during his tenure with the Knicks, making the postseason in all but his final season including a trip to the NBA Finals in the strike-shortned 1998-99 season. Despite the success, Van Gundy may be most known for his clutching of Alonzo Mourning’s leg during a near brawl between the Miami Heat and Knicks during those playoffs.