View Full Version : Espn reports that houston has made its decision its van gundy.

06-05-2003, 10:50 AM
Source: Dunleavy frontrunner for Hawks job

ESPN.com news services

It's only a matter of time before Jeff Van Gundy is installed as the next coach of the Houston Rockets.

Van Gundy, who earlier this week emerged as the favorite to replace Rudy Tomjanovich, will travel to Houston on Thursday or Friday to look at houses and schools in the area, ESPN.com has learned.

A source told ESPN's Jim Gray that Van Gundy and the team have not reached a financial agreement yet, but "[the Rockets have] made their choice" who they want to hire and it's Van Gundy. The Rockets would not bring him to Houston unless they were confident they could reach a contract agreement, the source told Gray.

Asked Tuesday if he hopes to close a deal with Van Gundy during his visit, Rockets general manager Carroll Dawson told the Houston Chronicle, "I'd like to get a new coach. Let's see how everything goes."

Dawson, in Chicago for the NBA predraft camp, told the Chronicle on Tuesday that he has not formally interviewed Van Gundy and no negotiations are under way. Rockets owner Leslie Alexander is not in Houston, and no meetings between him and Van Gundy have been scheduled yet, Dawson told the Chronicle.

Dawson said earlier in the week that Van Gundy and Mike Dunleavy are the two finalists for job, but Gray's source said Dunleavy is a frontrunner to get the coaching job in Atlanta. Houston television station KRIV reported that Dunleavy's agent plans to meet with Dawson on Wednesday in Chicago to determine if there will be a second interview for Dunleavy.

Van Gundy, the former coach of the New York Knicks, and Dunleavy are the Rockets' two finalists. The Rockets also had met with Paul Silas and Larry Brown.

On Monday, Silas was introduced as Cleveland Cavaliers coach and Brown was named coach of the Detroit Pistons.

Tomjanovich stepped down as Rockets coach on May 23.

06-05-2003, 01:42 PM
Actually thats scary. Van Gundy is a great defensive coach.