Despite possessing very high basketball IQ, Jeff Van Gundy has never won a championship ring. In fact, he could not lead the Houston Rockets out of the 1st round of the NBA playoffs during his Rockets coaching tenure despite having both G Tracy McGrady and C Yao Ming during their prime years.

Although Van Gundy has experience coaching players with a lot of egos, postseason records have not yet proven that he can maximize his player’s abilities.

Remember, Kobe Bryant had a lot of respect towards Mike D’Antoni before turmoil struck between them due to a lack of team success. If Van Gundy cannot lead the Lakers to success quickly, Bryant would also lose his respect for Van Gundy very quickly.

Hit the jump to voice your opinion on Jeff Van Gundy being a potential candidate for the next head coach of your Los Angeles 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.