Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 at 12:55 pm  |  22 responses

Jeff Van Gundy Reportedly Could Replace Mike Woodson in New York

Knicks owner James Dolan recently said that he has complete faith in head coach Mike Woodson. With the team now on a horrific 9-game slide, that confidence has to be eroding, and the NY Post speculates that Jeff Van Gundy could be in line for the job should Woodson get fired: “If Dolan eventually makes a move, old enemy and ex-Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy would not be ruled out as a future candidate — though such a hire seems more sensible in the offseason if Dolan goes with an interim coach. The Knicks are in shambles, with Woodson even acknowledging after Sunday’s loss to the Pelicans his team is playing scared late in tight games. Carmelo Anthony said the team is fighting confidence and ‘mentality’ issues, and fixing that often falls on the coach. Anthony has hinted at a fracturing locker room, and there have been an inordinate number of blowups on the bench. Dolan must be at least mulling whether his public statement still applies. Do the players still respect Woodson? Has he treated the players ‘relatively equally’ with the Woodson-Iman Shumpert relationship an issue. Van Gundy and Dolan were not on speaking terms for the longest time after Van Gundy abruptly quit early in the 2001-02 season. The two exchanged pleasantries at the Garden last season before Van Gundy broadcasted a game for ABC. Van Gundy will be back at the Garden Dec. 11, working the Knicks-Bulls game. New president Steve Mills worked with Van Gundy for two-plus seasons in his first stint with the Knicks when his title was executive vice president of franchise operations. They got along well. According to a league source, one issue could be Van Gundy wanting input in personnel decisions in his next job. A Van Gundy return would also set up the possibility of Bobcats assistant Patrick Ewing coming back as his associate coach. Dolan and Ewing repaired their broken relationship last season when Ewing worked for MSG Network periodically. Van Gundy likely would be interested in the Knicks position. In late June, Van Gundy gave a massive mea culpa for quitting on Dolan — remarks that appeared to sit well with Dolan and may have served as an olive branch. On ESPN Radio, Van Gundy called it ‘a stupid decision’ to quit. ‘It’s something I regret to this day,’ Van Gundy said. ‘I live with it every day and I regret it. And I let my emotions come into it. And I was just emotionally spent. I made a bad decision and I quit….I had a great job with the Knicks.’”

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  • pposse

    First bring back JVG next thing you know Isaaiah Thomas will be back in the front office.


    You guys are pulling my leg here aren’t you?

  • anon

    No way JVG comes back to the Knicks. The guy has had plenty of offers since he left and has been adamant about not wanting to coach again because of what it does to him mentally and physically. There’s no way he’d resume his coaching career by taking on the team with the most media scrutiny, in the city with the most pressure, and for the stupidest owner in sports.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    “….though such a hire seems more sensible in the offseason if Dolan goes with an interim coach…”

    Exactly what I was thinking…just let it play out, no need to hire during their season/train wreck/turmoil


    Speaking of coaches, are we going to ignore what Kevin McHale did the other night against the spurs? Slam put Jay Kidd on blast. Let’s talk about McHale.

  • mike

    my thoughts exactly , when J-kidd did his thing, i saw it everywhere. But the Mchale incident i only saw talked about once on NBA Tv…. weird

  • pposse

    McHale is a moron both him and Jason Kidd should get fines in the 6 figure range for their actions. The one saving grace for McHale is that he compromised the integrity of the sport right before halftime which won’t determine the outcome of the game. Jason Kidds actions was at the end of a game..imagine if that was for the championship and Pierce actually hit the shot.wat the hell happens then? im interested in what type of fine Mike Tomlin on the Steelers will get people are saying the Steelers might lose a draft pick i thik that would be fair for Houston and BK too.

  • Junkie

    But if they don’t try to turn it around, its a possibility that Melo leaves

  • Junkie

    I didn’t even hear about this, what happened?

  • ratguts

    I have to be honest and say I didn’t mind Jay Kidd and his situation. Call me crazy but I thought it was evil genius. It was a great way to give his team a chance to win the game. Not saying it’s right; just saying. Ppl seemed to have turned a blind eye to McHale though for some reason. I haven’t heard much about it since it happened.

  • spit hot fiyah

    did pop just get a tech after the game was over?!?! what happen then?

  • Mariano

    Pop got a tech right before halftime. He was furious. Apparently he had a word with McHale right after

  • spit hot fiyah

    ok i thought that was after the final buzzer

  • pposse

    yeah i mean i thought i twas funny as hell too I’m guessing basketball in the 60s and 70s was a lot like that. McHale shouldn’t get a pass but i think he does kind of cause he is an established coach in the nba and no one is clowning on his inability as a coach whereas J Kidd and the BK Nets are making fools of themselves.

  • RunMoreThanYourMouth

    Why mess up a good thing? He and Breen are great together. Although, with Doug Collins at ESPN now, he could easily slide in to that spot (I’d say Hubie could do it, but I doubt he wants more work at this stage in his life). Doug is a great in-game analyst. Overall, I doubt JVG wants anything to do with that Knicks roster and I can’t see why any above average coach would want to coach those guys.

  • Conor

    And he finally rid himself of those tea bags beneath his eyes.

  • danpowers

    besides that, j-kidd’s dr. evil hair style suits that super villain look extremely well

  • http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjIeIA3G2s5UPQfRPYFyFDw Hart26

    No way in hell this is happening, but would be great. Just get rid of Woodson already, he’s lost this team at least 6 games this season by his awful decision making, Iso oriented offense and defensive schemes.

  • Ugh

    “Compromised the integrity of the sport”? I think maybe you’re blowing that out of proportion. Just a little.

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  • MikeC.

    Why would JVG leave his current job? It’s way better than the insane cesspool that currently describes NYK basketball.