Jeff Van Gundy
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Name: Jeff Van Gundy

Career Coaching Record: Regular Season: 430-318 (.575), Playoffs: 44-44 (.500)

Previous Stints: New York Knicks (1995-2002), Houston Rockets (2003-2007)

Current ABC/ESPN Analyst Jeff Van Gundy‘s name has been linked to the Lakers head coaching position. Van Gundy has experience coaching in a big market of New York City, and coaching players like Patrick Ewing, Latrell Sprewell, Allan Houston, Tracy McGrady, and Yao Ming.

After taking a hiatus from coaching for the last 7 seasons, Van Gundy seems to be ready to leave the announcers booth and take another shot at a Head Coaching position

Hit the jump for why Jeff Van Gundy would be a good hire for the Lakers.

  • RonHawkster

    Forget all these available coaches, including Jeff Van Gundy. The Clippers just bestowed a huge favor onto the Lakers by dumping the Warriors. The geniuses in the Warriors front office in turned dumped their best ever coach, Mark Jackson. He took a talented, but severely undermanned Warriors to the play-offs after years of absence and in my opinion overachieved given the players he had been handed. So, the fans might not have ended up with the one the wanted, Phil Jackson, but they can have the next best Jackson. Hiring him can also lead to a couple of the Warriors up and coming superstars, Curry and Thompson, when they become free agents. Let’s see if the Lakers have the capacity to see opportunity when it knocks on the door. Or are they going to go hire another coaching disaster that the whole fan base dislikes from the beginnings, like Mike Brown and Mike D?

  • Max Rosales

    well,good luck,lets see what he can do with what he has or what they get for this team in Oct,no word yet on him or there decision,wait and see.